May 16, 2005
Denton announces $210 staff bonuses at annual
By Jennifer McNulty
Chancellor Denice D. Denton underscored her appreciation of
university staff at the annual Staff Appreciation Breakfast
last week by pledging to continue the special awards program
begun four years ago.
Chancellor Denton chats with staff members, including gardener
John Hedi, at the breakfast.
Photo: Louise Donahue
Relaxing at the staff breakfast are, at left, Amy Tai and
Firas Khatib; at right, Sarah Frise; and in background,
Photo: Louise Donahue
Chancellor Denton, center, joins Staff Advisory Board
members Ed Titus, Patt Takeuchi, Scott Loosley, and Rosemary
Anderson in the back row; Willeen McQuitta, Judy Scarborough,
Norma Ray, and Ciel Benedetto in the middle row; and Kitty
Woldow and Katrina Cope in the front row.
Photo: Marilyn Chapin
Employees will receive a $210 bonus for their "continued
dedication and hard work," announced Denton. The award
will appear in June 8 checks after "noticing obligations"
for represented employees are met, she said.
Denton greeted many employees as they arrived at the breakfast,
held at the Stevenson Event Center, and she thanked them for
their commitment and enthusiasm during brief remarks.
"I really want to thank every one of you for the great
work you're doing," said Denton, adding that the university
would not be able to fulfill its mission of service to students
without the dedication of staff. She acknowledged the "good
feedback and ideas" she's received from members of the
UCSC Staff Advisory Board (SAB), which sponsors the annual breakfast,
and presented each outgoing SAB member with a Chancellor's Service
Denton sparked a round of warm applause for Dining Services
staff, who arrived before dawn to prepare the buffet of eggs,
tofu scramble, pancakes, potatoes, bacon, sausage, pastries,
doughnuts, and fresh fruit. " It's not easy to feed 1,100
people," she said.
Dozens of raffle prizes were awarded, including gift certificates
to Macy's, Bay Tree Bookstore, Circuit City, O'mei, Trader Joe's,
Well Within, Gabriella Cafe, Olitas Cantina & Grille, the
Crow's Nest, and Bittersweet Bistro. Many local businesses and
campus administrators, including Denton, contributed prizes
to the raffle.
The band Split Shift, made up entirely of UCSC employees, performed
rock and blues for the crowd, which spilled over to the patio.
Three of the five musicians work in Transportation and Parking
Services: vocalist Carolyn Stark, drummer Tracy Freeman, and
keyboardist David Ford. In addition, Patrick North of the Registrar's
Office played bass, and guitarist Bob Oberg of Information Technology
Services made his debut with the band, which has been performing
at weddings and private parties for about four years.
Funded by the Award and Recognition Program, bonuses will be
distributed to employees with career, partial-year career, by-agreement,
and limited appointments. Awards will be proportionate to each
staffer's appointment percentage time in effect on May 1, 2005.
Employees with academic, student, or senior management appointments
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