take the cake
employees and student organizers celebrated the first-ever
Staff Appreciation Week, sponsored by the fourth-year class,
at a reception Feb. 21. Among those attending were (left to
right, front): Jeff Goodell, Brijim Kastberg and Stacie Schultz;
and (left to right, back) Sarah Reid, Sachin Nagrani, Carolyn
Laquatra, Stephanie Hsu and Ralph Richardson.
of 2001 hosts first reception honoring staff
just wanted to say "thank you."
Class of 2001 spent a week handing out "Staff Appreciation
Week" buttons to students and invitations to staff members,
asking them to come to a Feb. 21 reception in their honor at Alumni
Hall. They mailed them out, too, hundreds to Housing and Dining
Services and Facilities
financial help from the offices of the president and vice president
for student affairs and the Alumni Association, they ordered food
for 500. When the day arrived, barely 50 attended in the first
hour. Brijin Kastberg, a gardener who works in the pavilion gardens,
was one of those who came, along with several of her colleagues.
She smiled as she sampled the plentiful hors d'oeuvres and surveyed
the mammoth sheet cake, its white frosting inscribed "With Greatest
Appreciation" in blue icing.
think it's awesome," she said, "I think more people should be
here. Seven thousand people work at the University. More people
should be here."
another table, a housekeeper echoed her sentiments. "It's nice.
They should have it," he said. "It should be twice a year."
the low turnout, the organizers remained resolutely upbeat.
hoping to make this a tradition," said Stephanie Hsu, who chairs
the fourth-year class' service committee and planned Staff Appreciation
Week. "I believe the staff at U.Va. is underappreciated."
event had personal significance to her. Her grandparents, she
said, were janitors in Seattle after emigrating from China.
Staff Appreciation Week acronym, "SAW," emblazoned on the orange-and-blue
buttons handed out to the students had double meaning, she pointed
out. They also represented vision, as in "I saw what you're doing
and I appreciate it," she said.
Fourth-year class president M. Andrew Davis has a similar appreciation
for the hard-working staff. He is one he drives buses for
the University Transit Service.
love it when people say, 'thanks for the ride,'" he said.
"It makes you feel good about what you're doing here, that
you helped someone."
Anderson, a housekeeper in Brown College, was one of those who
was handed an invitation, came and enjoyed it.
"It was a nice event," he said as he left. "It's sad they couldn't
get everybody to turn out."