Staff Honored With Day of Awards, Entertainment

Staff Honored With Day of Awards, Entertainment
Outstanding Staff Staff Members of 2003 are Gloria Castillo, Office of Student Life; Sharon Roth, College of Agriculture; Lita Patel, Mechanical Engineering department; and Charlotte Martinson, College of Science.

Anita Bochman, Admissions & Outreach, sings Madonna?s ?Like A Virgin? at the Staff Appreciation variety show.

Cal Poly Pomona staff members were treated to a day of fun and frolic on June 17 that included workshops, a luncheon, awards ceremony and variety show.

The annual Staff Appreciation Day, this year coined a ?Salute to Excellence,? was organized and supported by Staff Council. The day serves as an opportunity for the campus community to recognize outstanding staff as well as enjoy the friendship and support of peers.

Four Cal Poly Pomona employees were selected as the 2003 Outstanding Staff Members at this year?s luncheon. The awards were created in 1978. Each year, up to four awards are presented to employees who exemplify expertise, dedication and enthusiasm in their job performance, show a willingness to assist their peers, work well with others, and have made university-wide contributions.

?The staff on this campus has been absolutely outstanding. Staff are every bit as essential and important as the rest of the employees ? faculty and administration,? President Bob Suzuki said during the awards ceremony. ?If all of you one day decided to leave this place, the campus would come to an absolute winding stop.?

The Most Outstanding Staff Members of 2003 are:

  • Gloria Castillo, administrative coordinator, Office of Student Life
  • Charlotte Martinson, administrative analyst, College of Science
  • Lita Patel, administrative support coordinator, Mechanical Engineering department
  • Sharon Roth, administrative support coordinator, College of Agriculture

?Working really hard is just my job, but it?s nice to have this pat on the back,? said Castillo, as she accepted her award. ?I work with a great division and staff.?

Staff Council thanked President Suzuki and wife, Agnes, for their 12 years of supporting Staff Appreciation Day. The council presented to the Suzukis a donation to the George & Sakaye Aratani Japanese Garden and an ?Agnes Suzuki orchid? donated by College of Agriculture alumnus Norman Fong.

During the luncheon, President Suzuki expressed his appreciation to the Staff Council and encouraged others to become involved with the organization.

?I?ve seen dedication and leadership from Staff Council over the years,? he said. ?It?s a tremendous experience for your own personal and professional growth, as well as a way of making significant contributions to the university.?

Other events throughout the day included a reception in the Bronco Student Center, followed by workshops on ?Handwriting Analysis,? ?Journey Into Ceramics,? ?Pilates on the Ball? and ?Preventing Identity Theft.?

In conclusion of Staff Appreciation Day, staff let loose and got a little crazy during the annual variety show in the University Theatre. Dave Johnson, director of Judicial Affairs, served as this year?s comedic host, introducing a number of songs and dance routines performed by staff. Among the performers were Anita Bochman from Admissions & Outreach, who sang Madonna?s ?Like A Virgin? in a wedding gown and blonde wig, and Debra Matheson from the Bronco Bookstore, who dressed as a farmer in overalls and braids to tell her tongue-tied story of ?The Three Pittle Ligs.? Additional acts included a group of country line dancers, guitarists, poets and a comedian. Other staff members sat in the audience, laughing, clapping and cheering for co-workers.

H'Sundiata Keita, I⁢, performs as Luther Vandross at the variety show in the University Theatre.