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Staff Appreciation Event!

Friday November 2nd
8AM — 10:30AM
Mobius Hall

GSO embraces sustainability for appreciation event

The University of Washington Bothell General Staff Organization (GSO) is taking environmental sustainability to heart for the 2018 staff appreciation event. That means everything from food and utensils to decorations and programs will be compostable, recyclable or diverted from the waste stream, the event co-chairs said.

About 200 UW Bothell staff members are expected at Mobius Hall on Nov. 2 to celebrate their work in a green way.

"We're really trying to be mindful that things don't go to the landfill and to divert waste as much as possible — or we just don't have it,"said Alexa Russo, the sustainability coordinator in UW Bothell's Facilities and Campus Operations.

There will be one program per table and any leftover coffee and other liquids will be dumped down a drain instead of going in the trash or recycling to prevent them from going to a landfill where they might eventually leach and pollute the groundwater, Russo said.

Table decorations will be plant cuttings from campus grounds or wetlands, courtesy of the grounds team. The vendor for the event, The Catering Company, was selected for using sustainable food practices and meeting the University's diversity guidelines.

The staff event recognizes everyone's hard work and dedication over the years, said Ann Busche, program coordinator in the School of Educational Studies."This is an opportunity to take a break, congratulate one another, come together as a staff and recognize all that has been accomplished."

The recipient of the Staff Appreciation Award, who is nominated by fellow staff and other campus members, will be announced as well. The award recognizes the staff member whose excellent service to students, faculty or community enhances the campus and best represents the UW Bothell's mission and goals.

Service awards for employees are given to those who have been with UW Bothell five, 10, 15, 20 or 25 years.

In addition to acknowledging hard work, the event is an opportunity for the staff to build community and have some fun, said Christian Adams, the chair of the GSO who works in the Office of Institutional Planning and Budget. 

The event has been paired with the new Day of Engagement, said Ashley Magdall, the GSO secretary who works in Division of Advancement & External Relations as a web support specialist. The Day of Engagement features workshops separately organized by the Office of Organizational Excellence and Human Resources. It builds on work that began with a 2016 faculty and staff survey on the work environment.

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