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May 5, 2011 Volume 32, No. 30

Awards, tours and arts showcase highlight MU Staff Recognition Week


Annual celebration is set for May 16 through 20

Mizzou will honor the contributions of more than 10,000 administrative, service and support staff members May 16 through 20 during the 32nd annual commemoration of Staff Recognition Week.

Sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council, the celebration showcases MU staff members, who play a vital role in the life of this university.

Council members have organized various events for the week that are designed to entertain and educate. Last fall, they sponsored a contest to choose this year’s theme.  The winner was “Staff: Then and Now” submitted by Mary Reams, manager of medical education.

“Our hope is that you will help us focus this week on our changing attitudes and inclusiveness of all staff on campus,” says council chair Diane Bartley, manager of accounting services. “Staff council wants to encourage you to put into action the university’s values of Respect, Responsibility, Discovery and Excellence.”

The highlight of the week is the awards ceremony, which takes place at 1:30 p.m. May 16 in Jesse Hall Auditorium. Four employees, one in each job category, will receive a Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award in the amount of $2,000. In addition, three other awards of $1,000 will be presented.

The Mick Deaver Memorial Award honors a staff member who cultivates good relationships with students.

The Barbara S. Uehling Award of Administrative Excellence recognizes an MU administrator for leadership qualities and for contributing to improving working conditions for staff.

The MU Alumni Association will present its Award for Alumni Relations Excellence. This award, established in 2006, honors an MU staff member outside development and alumni relations who exemplifies concern for fostering good relations with alumni.

Also at the ceremony, campus staff members celebrating five years through 50 years of service will be recognized.

The annual silent auction benefiting the council’s education endowment fund begins at

8 a.m. May 16. Bidding continues through noon May 20. The fund is used to award annual scholarships to MU’s staff members to help further their education. For information about items up for bid, visit or call the council’s office at 882-4269.

More than 30 artists campuswide will participate in this year’s arts and crafts showcase, held from noon, May 17 to 3:30 p.m. May 19 in 201 Ellis Library. Come out and meet some of the artists at the grand opening from noon to 1 p.m. May 17.

Other events planned are:

  • Human resource seminars, May 16 through 20. For more information, visit
  • Tours during the week of the Museum of Art and Archaeology, Enns Entomology Museum and Rec Center
  • Mizzou Arena tour, 11:30 a.m. south entrance, May 16 and 18
  • Walk with a gardner tour,  noon to 1 p.m. May 17 to 20
  • Greenhouse tours, 8 to 9:30 a.m. May 17 and 19
  • Ice cream social,11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18 at Plaza 900
  • Chancellor’s residence open house, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18
  • Healthy for Life power walks, noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Historical dress day, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20.  “This will be dress-down day turned inside out,” Bartley says. The object is for campuswide staff to dress from their favorite era from MU’s history. Send pictures, individual or group, to, or take them to 27 Jesse Hall for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Panera Bread. “SAC has made arrangements to use the Reynolds Journalism Institute’s green screen so that you can select a background for your photo,” Bartley says. “It should be a lot of fun.”

There will be drawings and door prizes at many of the events. Additional information will be posted on the council’s website at as it becomes available.