August 10, 2010

Employee Celebration Committee Announces Changes to Events for Upcoming Year

Since 2002, Vanderbilt has held Employee Celebration Month each year during September. Employee Celebration Month is filled with festivities such as a picnic, tailgate, Employee Service Awards, tours, concerts, brown bag learning sessions, tasting events, fashion shows and many other events to encourage celebration across the university.

Celebration Month has become a time many staff and faculty look forward to each year.

However, staff and faculty feedback has consistently demonstrated that attempting to hold too many festivities during only one month creates schedule conflicts for those who wish to attend.

After conducting a staff and faculty Celebration survey, and reviewing hundreds of responses, the Employee Celebration Committee is implementing a schedule change which will include all the same great events, and a few changes such as a University picnic in May. However, Employee Celebration events will now be held throughout the year to maximize opportunities for participation.

“The committee has done a fine job in evaluating Employee Celebration’s event schedule, reviewing survey data and making recommendations for this change,” said Jerry Fife, vice chancellor for Administration. “While many of our faculty and staff would enjoy attending events, fall is an extremely busy time across the University with our students returning. Changes in the calendar will allow for much better attendance and celebration.”

“Employee Celebration has evolved into an important component of Vanderbilt’s culture. Whether announcing our newest Commodore Award winner or congratulating colleagues for years of distinguished service, Celebration is an experience which bonds us together as one university,” said Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine. “Broadening Employee Celebration’s schedule improves our opportunity to acknowledge the significant contributions of our staff and faculty.”

Employee Celebration events will begin on Tuesday, August 17, with an ice cream give-away. Ice cream coolers will be in several locations across campus from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., and also for employees working overnight. More Celebration details will follow soon.