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May 28-30, 2024 Staff Appreciation

Time to celebrate AU staff and their contributions to the university

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Staff Appreciation 2024

Two friends smile during the Staff Picnic

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Staff celebrate their achievements

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Staff compete during the volleyball tournament

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Staff Appreciation 2024 Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources

Staff Appreciation听returns May 28-30 to recognize our amazing staff and celebrate their accomplishments!听

We look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, May 28
Wednesday, May 29
Thursday, May 30

Spring Valley Building


SVB Main Lobby
9:00 a.m. 鈥 10:30 a.m.
Compliments of the Office of Human Resources


SVB Room 166
9:00 a.m. 鈥 4:00 p.m.
Compliments of AhealthyU

Washington College of Law


Yuma Y100 (Staff Lounge)
9:00 a.m. 鈥 10:30 a.m.
Compliments of the Office of Human Resources


Yuma Y100 (Staff Lounge)
9:00 a.m. 鈥 4:00 p.m.
Compliments of AhealthyU
*Massages at capacity

Connecticut Avenue


Lower Level Community Room
9:00 a.m. 鈥 10:30 a.m.
Compliments of the Office of Human Resources


Black Box Performance Studio
9:00 a.m. 鈥 4:00 p.m.
Compliments of AhealthyU
*Massages at capacity

Main Campus


MGC 200
9:00 a.m. 鈥 4:00 p.m.
Compliments of AhealthyU
*Massages at capacity

President鈥檚 Open House & Cupcake Challenge

Hosted by President Sylvia Burwell
President鈥檚 Office Building
10:00 a.m. 鈥 11:30 a.m.

President Burwell hosts an open house and cupcake competition to celebrate our incredible community and thank the AU staff.听The President鈥檚 Office will send out a separate call for Cupcake bakers.

Staff Picnic & AthankU for Your Thyme

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources
11:00 a.m. 鈥 1:00 p.m.
Friedheim Quad (Rain locations on main campus)

Join us at the picnic to meet colleagues, enjoy lunch from one of six food trucks, and get an herb plant.

Based on your feedback, we听made it easier to get your food truck meal:

  • All six food trucks will be positioned around the Quad.
  • Select your food truck of choice and stand in line. No check-in or ticket is required.
  • Show your AU ID to the staff volunteer. They can also answer your picnic questions.

At all food trucks, it's first come, first served. Please limit yourself to one meal and one herb per person.

View the foodtruck menu (subject to change).

Coffee Social

Hosted by Mentoring Matters and the AU Faculty & Staff Affinity Groups
1:00 p.m. 鈥 3:00 p.m.
The Bridge
*Event at capacity

Enjoy coffee at The Bridge, meet the Mentoring Matters cohort, learn about AU鈥檚 Faculty & Staff Affinity Groups, and make new friends.

Main Campus

Staff Recognition Reception

10:30 a.m. 鈥 12:00 p.m.

By invitation only, honoring Staff Award winners, Years of Service celebrants, 20-Year Club inductees, and members.

Volleyball Tournament

Hosted by Athletics and Recreation
12:30 p.m. 鈥 4:30 p.m.
Sand Volleyball Courts (Rain Location: Bender Arena)

The staff volleyball tournament is back! Form a team to play or cheer on your colleagues as they compete for bragging rights.

May 28 鈥 June 3

Free Gym Memberships

Sponsored by RecFit

A week of free access to Jacob鈥檚 Fitness Center, the pool, and the basketball courts.

2024 Staff Award Winners

Check out the 2024 Staff Awards page for award winner summaries and finalists.

Collaboration Award

Community Garden Working Team: Michael Mastrota,听Jonathan McCann,听Jorge Morales,听Ransom Schutt,听Huijun Shang,听David Wilson听& Marcus Zito.

Community Support Award

OIT Change Enablement Team:听Jacqueline Palumbo, Ginnie Khamvongsa听& James Purchase

Essential Support Award

John Boyle Ruiz

Inclusive Excellence Award

Mac Crite

Innovation & Change Award

ERP Steering Committee: Abby Puskar, Ann Joiner, Beth Muha, Francesco de Leo, Jackie Palumbo, Jan Post, Laurie Ambach, Mo Mirzabeigy, Nicole Bresnahan, Prita Patel, and Tracey Hennemann.听

Maria Bueno Lifetime Achievement Award

Arij Farran

Outstanding Supervision Award

Tiana Hakimzadeh

Staff & Faculty Collaboration Award

Kristine Beran and Hannah Jardine


Connecticut Avenue Shuttle Services

We will be providing shuttles from Connecticut Avenue to main campus on Wednesday, May 29, 2024 and Thursday, May 30, 2024.听

Spring Valley and Washington College of Law

The Red and Blue lines will be running during the summer. Staff who are attending from Spring Valley Buildling and Washington College of Law should take the Red or Blue line shuttles to get to main campus.听


Accessibility & Accommodations

If you have questions concerning accessibility or need to request disability-related accommodations, please contact Employee Relations in the Office of Human Resources at x2607 or

Events Photography Consent

Please be advised that photographs will be taken at the events for use on the AU website and in the press, AU marketing materials, and all other university publications. By entering an event, you consent to the University photographing and using your image and likeness.