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Staff Appreciation Week Committee

Schedule

President’s Meritorious Service Awards
& Kick-off of Staff Appreciation Week

Monday, Feb. 29

MSC Bethancourt Ballroom
Ceremony: 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Reception: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

The President’s Meritorious Service Awards, proudly supported by the Association of Former Students, recognize outstanding individuals and teams for their meritorious service to the university. This year, the awards have been expanded to include more winners and larger awards. There will be 25 individual winners and two teams; each individual recipient will receive a $1,000 cash award, a commemorative plaque and a lapel pin, and each team member will receive a $200 cash award, a lapel pin and a framed certificate of recognition. A reception with food and drinks will follow the ceremony. For more information, visit the PMSA online. This event is also the Kick-off of Staff Appreciation Week at Texas A&M!

Monday, Feb. 29

MSC Bethancourt Ballroom
Ceremony: 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Reception: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

President Young’s Backyard Picnic

Tuesday, March 1

East Quad, located on the lawn behind the Jack K. Williams Administration Building
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Wear your favorite Texas A&M logo attire and jeans and head over to President Young’s Backyard Picnic for a variety of fun activities and prizes! Enjoy a hamburger and hot dog lunch provided by Chartwells. We’ll have henna and airbrush tattooing, games and inflatables, including Knockerball, basketball, a bungee run and a Velcro wall. Plus a live broadcast by Candy 95! Snap pics with your favorite co-workers in our photo booth, which has a touch screen that enables full autonomous control and prints with Texas A&M logos. Be sure to meet and chat with President and Mrs. Young – they would love to thank staff members in person!

Staff who wish to attend the picnic but don’t have a valid Texas A&M parking pass may park in Lot 100 (Reed Arena lot) and ride the Route 1 bus to the picnic.

Tuesday, March 1

East Quad, located on the lawn behind the Jack K. Williams Administration Building
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Wellness Works!
Maroon & White Wellness Walk, ending with a rally at Rudder Plaza

Wednesday, March 2

Walk begins at 11:30 a.m.
Rally at noon

Wear either maroon or white workout gear and join the Wellness Walk to celebrate wellness! Meet for warmup at 11:30 a.m. The Maroon Team will meet on the front steps of the Jack K. Williams Administration Building, and the White Team will meet in Wehner Plaza, on the West Campus. We’ll all come together for a rally at Rudder Plaza at noon! Boxed lunch will be provided by SSC Services for Education.

Post the Wellness Walk Flyer in your office!

Download the Wellness Walk Flyer (PDF)

Wednesday, March 2

Walk begins at 11:30 a.m.
Rally at noon

Happy Brain, Happy Life: Strategies for Managing Stress

Thursday, March 3

Morning session:
HPEB 30
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
TTVN Live Webcast CH 150

Afternoon session:
MSC 2406A
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Dr. Romila "Dr. Rommie" Mushtaq, MDIs stress causing you to lose sleep, lose focus at your job, or lose your health and happiness? Special guest speaker Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq presents “Happy Brain, Happy Life: Strategies for Managing Stress.” By combining Western Medicine (neuroscience, psychology) and Eastern Wisdom (meditation and mindfulness), Dr. Romie will lead an interactive workshop to teach you how to conquer stress. You will learn three essential steps to rewire your brain for happiness, because a happy brain leads to a happy life! There will be a morning session (8:30-10:30 a.m.) at the Health Science Center in Health Professions Education Building (HPEB) Room 30 and an afternoon session (3-5 p.m.) in MSC Room 2406A. The Health Science Center is on bus route 02 and parking with a university permit will be available on a first come first serve basis in the general parking areas. Seating is limited. Light refreshments will be served.

Read more about Dr. Romie.

A live webcast of Dr. Romie’s morning session will be available on the TTVN Live Webcasts page at ttvn.tamu.edu/streams, Channel 150. This channel provides a video stream which should be viewable on all devices, including most desktops, laptops, tablets, and phones. A web link to the recording of this session will be available on this site on Friday, March 4th.

If you would like to add your TTVN site to the session for viewing in a conference room, email TTVN at ttvn-schedule@tamu.edu using Event ID 214198.

Thursday, March 3

Morning session:
HPEB 30
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
TTVN Live Webcast CH 150

Afternoon session:
MSC 2406A
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Department Appreciation Day

Friday, March 4

Friday, March 4 has been set aside for individual units to host special appreciation events/activities within their respective offices. The theme of these unit-level events/activities is “Aggie Spirit.” President Young is encouraging 100 percent participation in unit-hosted events/activities and is adding an extra incentive to encourage participation. One unit will be awarded a $1,500 grant to be used for future staff appreciation and/or professional development efforts in 2016. In addition to the grant, one staff member from the winning unit will be invited to serve on the following year’s SAW planning committee.

So, how does your unit enter to win? Units are invited to share photos of their department events on Texas A&M Human Resources’ Facebook page using #SAW2016, with captions detailing their appreciation for staff as an integral part of the Aggie Family. All photo submissions made to HR’s Facebook page on Friday, March 4 will be entered into a random drawing for the grant (each event constitutes one entry). The Staff Appreciation Week Planning Committee will randomly select the winner at the end of SAW 2016 and the winner will be announced on the SAW website on Monday, March 7!

Start planning your departmental function NOW!

Read the Contest Rules

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Friday, March 4

Staff Saturday on Kyle Field

Saturday, March 5

10:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.

STAFF SATURDAY ON KYLE FIELD

MARCH 5, 2016 • 10 AM TO 1 PM

FREE food & activities for the whole family!

Please bring a non-perishable food item to benefit local food banks.

FREE EVENT PARKING IN LOT 62
Valid permit parking in Lot 61

If you’ve RSVP’d for Staff Saturday:

Will Call tickets are available for pickup at the 12 th Man Foundation Ticket Center windows located on the north end of Kyle Field from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Flash Seats tickets will be sent to the recipient along with instructions for downloading the mobile app and/or setting your ID for entry at the event. If you already use Flash Seats for athletic events, no additional setup is required.

Saturday, March 5

10:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m.