This year’s Make a Difference Day/Operation Evergreen was held in the UA Student Union as part of “Five Star Fridays” – an initiative at UA to provide experiential and service learning opportunities to UA students.
Pam Duncan and Anthony Serpette were on hand to teach the UA students some paperfolding to make ornaments to send – along with live Christmas trees – to troops stationed overseas during the holidays.
A special shout out to Anthony (Tony) Ross for serving a three-year term (2015-2018) as a member of the Staff Employee Advisory Committee (SEAC) and representative to the University Council’s Recreation and Wellness Committee. Tony’s contributions to our staff and campus community are valued and truly appreciated.
We’re pleased to know that Tony has accepted the appointment of an Ex-officio member to SEAC for the upcoming year. Thanks Tony!
Once again, UA staff joined with student participating in Make a Difference Day to support Operation Evergreen. The combined group made ornaments to be sent along with cut trees to service personal serving overseas during the holidays. Most of the ornaments were assembled from kits, but a few brave folks tried their hand at some paper folding.
Staff and Contract Professionals participating included:
Danica Houle from CBA
Laura Spray from HR
John Messina from Student Affairs
Thad Doyle from Student Life
Anthony Serpette from UCM
Thanks to everyone that participated – check out the photos below!
UA Staff members teamed up with the students participating in Make a Difference Day to help make ornaments for Operation Evergreen – a project to provide a little Christmas cheer to troops stationed overseas.
And on hand was everyone’s favorite marsupial – Zippy!
The SEAC game night at with the Akron Rubber Ducks took place on Saturday, June 25th. What was actually going to be a single game, 7:05 p.m. start, was later announced as a double header. Gates opened at 5 p.m. with the first game beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the second game started 30 minutes after the first game ended. Each game consisted of seven innings.
The SEAC reserved seats were in Section 11 between home plate and first base. Weather conditions were sunny and 90 degrees. Many people moved from the section to cool down and get out of the direct sun.
68 staff members enjoyed an evening at the ballpark courtesy of SEAC – big thanks to Peggy for coordinating the event!
The galloping gourmet bakers of SEAC made another great contribution to the Ronald McDonald House. Here’s the Thank You from RMH:
Dear Laura, Theresa & Bonnie-
We hope you had a great time volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House of Akron. Thank you so much for baking treats for our families. It is because of volunteers like you that the House can keep families together when they need each other most. Your time TRULY makes a difference! We hope you will remain involved and continue to support the Ronald McDonald House of Akron.
We look forward to seeing you again!
Stephanie Zelasko and the entire RMH of Akron team
The “Iron Bakers” of SEAC descended on the Ronald McDonald House and baked up a storm in April. Special thanks to Laura and Katy for their enthusiastic volunteerism – and to Peggy and Bonnie for helping to organize the event.