Dangerous Curvz plays at the Greg Johnston Summer Concert and the Staff Council Reception and Dance Party. Photo by David Otero
Dangerous Curvz plays at the Greg Johnston , Summer Concert and the Staff Council Reception and Dance Party. Photo by David Otero


July is Staff Appreciation Month at UNM. The Staff Council Rewards and Recognition Committee organizes Staff Appreciation events, with sponsorship by university partners. All events except the Staff Picnic are free. Staff can get prize entries at each event, with drawings at the LOBOrrito breakfast on Thursday, July 18.

“Staff Appreciation Month is the time when we as a University, salute the outstanding staff at UNM”, said President of Staff Council, Gene Henley. “It’s a public demonstration of thanks to the over 5,000 staff that help make this university the ideal place to work.”

As President Frank said in his weekly message, “We would not be able to educate our students or conduct our research without you. You play a vital role in the life of UNM and, as we have needed to streamline and gain efficiencies, you have been asked to do more than ever.”

Staff members recently had the chance to take part in the “Staff Star Search” auditions. The winner will sing the National Anthem at the Staff Picnic set for Saturday, July 20 at Isotopes Park.

The event kicks off with the Book & Media Exchange, Tuesday, July 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at three locations: North Campus at Domenici West, room 3010; South Campus at Student Services and Support Center, room 1008; and Main Campus in SUB Ballroom A. Bring a bag and expand your collection with as many items as you like.

On Wednesday, July 10 at noon, the Greg Johnston Summer Concert and barbecue features live band “Dangerous Curvz”, who will also perform at the Staff Council Reception and Dance Party Friday, July 26. For $5, you can purchase a freshly grilled burger or hot dog (vegetarian options available), chips, ice cream sandwich and lemonade.

The Staff Council Meeting and the Jim Davis Award for Meritorious Service is Tuesday, July 16 from 1-3 p.m. in the SUB, Lobo rooms A&B.; The award recognizes significant contributions of an individual to the UNM Staff Council.

During the LOBOrrito Breakfast, Thursday, July 18, 7:30-9 a.m. in the SUB Ballrooms A&B;, Staff Council officers and UNM administrators serve up a delicious breakfast burrito with red or green chile on the side, fruit and beverages. Come have breakfast with your co-workers, meet old friends and make some new ones. Your LOBO ID Card is required for entrance.

The UNM Staff Picnic is Saturday, July 20 from 6-9 p.m., the game starts at 7:05 p.m. at Isotopes Park. Tickets will be on sale for $5, which gets you admission to the game, a “ballpark meal,” a coupon for a 20 percent discount at the Isotopes Souvenir/Pro Shop on game day, and a fireworks display after the game. Enjoy a fun filled evening with your family, friends and co-workers. For more information about this event, including ticket locations, go to: http://staffcouncil.unm.edu/docs/2013SAMCalendar.pdf

On Friday, July 26, 4-7 p.m., a BBQ/Dance Party at the Faculty Staff club, 1923 Las Lomas NE, where for the low price of $6 you get a freshly grilled hamburger or vegetarian burger, potato salad or Cole slaw, BBQ beans, watermelon and cookies. A cash bar will be available for the purchase of beer, wine or soft drinks, and “Dangerous Curvz” serves up the music.

Staff Appreciation Month ends with free ice cream at the Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, July 31, Noon -1 p.m. at three locations: North Campus in front of the library; South Campus at the Student Services and Support Center lobby, and Main Campus at Dominguez Plaza, in front of Zimmerman Library.

For more information, visit Staff Council.