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Employee Appreciation

Employee Appreciation Week 2022

UD Employees Rock!

April 4, 2022 - April 8, 2022

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Raffle Prize Winners

Names have been drawn for the various raffles that were held during Employee Appreciation Week.  Congratulations to our winners! 

  • Participation Raffle Prize (FitBit): Shannon Blatt
  • Bingo Raffle Prize ($25 Visa Gift Card): Callie Ewing
  • Health Fair Raffle Prize ($50 Amazon Gift Card): Olivia Hernandez
  • Health Fair Raffle Prize ($50 Amazon Gift Card): Sandy Morgan
  • Health Fair Raffle Prize (OneAmerica Gear): Laura Muñoz 
  • Health Fair Raffle Prize (FitBit): Reina Williams
  • Health Fair Raffle Prize ($25 Visa Gift Card): Cherie Hohertz

Bento Boxes

If you did not receive a Bento Box during Employee Appreciation Week, please contact the Office of Human Resources at


Missed one of our events?  Please see below for pictures and links to various events!

Employee Appreciation Week Photos

Service Anniversary Celebration Photos

UD Chamber Ensemble Performance


Employee Appreciation Week is our time to recognize UD employees for all of the hard work, perseverance and teamwork they have shown in the past year. 

The Employee Appreciation Week Committee has planned a week-long series of events to celebrate UD employees around the theme UD Employees Rock!  You will see this theme reflected in the events (listed below) for the week. We couldn't do it without you!  All of the contributions and efforts made by UD faculty and staff is what sets the University of Dallas apart from other institutions.  You are an integral part not only of our shared educational mission, but of our vision to be recognized as the best Catholic liberal arts university in the country.
We hope that through these events, we can come together as a community and celebrate what makes the University of Dallas a great place to work - YOU!

All faculty and staff are invited to participate in any of the activities below.  Mark your calendars for the events you want to attend!  At every event, you will be asked to sign a sign-in sheet.  Your name will be entered into a drawing to win a prize for each live activity or event that you attend.  The more events you attend, the more chances you have at winning!  Winners will be announced by Tuesday, April 12, 2022.


What's planned for the week?

Monday, April 4, 2022

Yoga | 12pm

Join us for an hour of yoga with Liz.  Please bring your own mat or a large towel.

SB Hall, Serafy Room

Music Students Performance by UD Chamber Ensemble |1pm -2pm

Bring your lunch and enjoy a performance by the UD Chamber Ensemble.  Also available through Zoom

Cardinal Farrell Hall, The Catholic Foundation Board Room (219)

Service Project (Easter Card Signing) | 2pm -4pm

Stop by and sign an Easter Card that will be delivered to senior living residents at Christus Health - St. Joseph Village

Cardinal Farrell Hall, HR Training Room (140)

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Biometric Screenings | 7am - 12pm

E-Health Screening testing includes Total Cholesterol, BMI, Glucose, Blood Pressure and Waist Circumference. You will be required to fast for at least nine (9) hours prior to your testing.

Sign up for an appointment time here.  The screening key is HMA181.  Walk-ins will be accepted if space allows.

SB Hall, Serafy Room (138)

Health Fair | 10am - 2pm 

Join us for the UD Health Fair!  Representatives from Blue Cross Blue Shield, CIGNA, RxBenefits, HSABank, and OneAmerica will be there to answer any questions you might have about UD's health plans.  There will be door prizes and raffles for everyone who attends. 

Airrosti, an orthopedic partner of BCBS, will be performing consultations and muscle work.  Register here.  (Space is limited.)

Airrosti Flyer

Chair Massages are back!  Sign up now!

Sign Up Here

SB Hall, Multipurpose Room

Baseball Game: UD vs. East Texas Baptist University | 3pm 

Join us at a baseball game recognizing our UD employees!  Attendees will get UD gear (while supplies last) while cheering on the hometeam. 

Athletic Field

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Service Anniversary Recognition Ceremony | 10am

By invitation only.

The event will begin with a reception where employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service can share congratulations with their colleagues who started on their journey as a UD employee at the same time.  The Executive Team will be on hand to thank employee recipients for their loyalty and support to the university.  President Sanford will provide a short keynote address followed by the recognition ceremony. 

SB Hall, Multpurpose Room

See below for our service anniversary recipients.

Yoga | 11am 

Join us  for an hour of yoga with Liz. Please bring your own mat or a large towel.

SB Hall, Serafy Room 138 

Mass (with special blessing for UD Employees) | 12:05pm

Attend a mass in dedication to UD Employees in the Church of the Incarnation. 

Thursday, April 7, 2022 (Jeans Day)

Outdoor Fun! | 11:30 am - 1pm 

Rock your School Spirit by gathering outdoors with fun activities and lunch/snacks provided by Aramark and UD.  Wear gear from UD or from your alma mater and join in the fun!   Register for the event here (The Mall)

Announcement of Staff Award winners | 3pm (Virtual)

Nominations were taken for the following: New Employee Excellence Award, Innovation Award, Spirit Award, Outstanding Leader Award, and Best Team Award. Winners of each award will be announced. 

Click here to join!

All day: Jeans Day

Friday, April 8, 2022 (Jeans Day)

Service Project: Easter Card Signing | 9am - 11am

Stop by and sign an Easter Card that will be delivered to senior living residents at Christus Health - St. Joseph Village

SB Hall, Constantin Board Room (328).

Music in Movies - Movie and Discussion led by Dr. Scott Churchill | 2:30pm - 5pm 

Watch the movie School of Rock and other rock footage.  Stay afterward for a discussion led by Dr. Scott Churchill.

Haggar Art History Auditorium

All day: Jeans Day

***Due to the overwhelming amount of book publications of our distinguished faculty, as well as a finite amount of space, we will have to cancel the exhibit of our faculty book publications during Employee Appreciation Week.  

Service Year Awards

The employees in the categories below have reached an important work anniversary with the University of Dallas and will be recognized and thanked for their service by members of Administration at a special invitation only celebration.  Click on the years below to see if any of your friends and/or colleagues will be recognized this year.

*Please note: The Office of Human Resources have utilized faculty and staff initial hire dates and calculated service years accrued for those recognized.  These work anniversaries occurred from April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022.

5 years

Dr. Jennifer Bannister - Assistant Professor, COB Instructional Operations

Paula Brown - Associate Registrar, Registrar's Office

Aaron Claycomb - Manager, Marketing and Communications

Martin Deatherage - Adjunct Professor of Accounting, COB

Sharon Gross - Adjunct Instructor, Music

James Hamilton - Adjunct Instructor of Management, COB

Teresa Jones - AP/GL Coordinator, Finance

Dr. Malcolm Kass - Assistant Professor, Economics

Susan Lopez - Assistant Bursar, Finance

Lauren Minch - Adjunct Instructor of Finance, COB

Dr. Anthony Nussmeier - Associate Professor, Modern Languages

Anthony Pulido - Assistant Director, Graduate Admission/ISS, COB

Joshua Skinner, JD - Adjunct Professor of Management, COB

Dr. Deanna Soper-Pinkelman - Assistant Professor, Biology

Kenneth Starzer - Web Manager, Marketing and Communications

Alexandra Stinson - Coach, Women's Soccer, Intercollegiate Athletics

Kelli Trautmann - Coach, Volleyball, Intercollegiate Athletics

Michael Vendsel - Adjunct Instructor, Philosophy

10 years

Dr. Janette Boazman - Associate Professor, Education

Dr. William Cody - Associate Professor, Biology

Dr. Teresa Danze - Assistant Professor, Classics

Verna Donjuan - Treasury Accountant, Finance

Dr. Kelly Gibson - Associate Professor, History

Dr. Yiwen (Jenny) Gu - Associate Professor, Finance

Beth Mackenzie - Receptionist, Enrollment

Dr. Richard Miller - Associate Professor, Operations Management, COB

Dr. Diana Raiche - Associate Professor, Theology

Dr. Aida Ramos - Associate Professor, Economics

Dr. Matthew Spring - Director, Academic Success & First Gen

Dr. William Stigall - Constantin Adjunct Faculty, Philosophy

Sylvia Thenayan - Librarian, Circulation/Reference

15 years

Dr. Jacob Eidt - Associate Professor, Modern Languages

Dr. Laura Eidt - Affiliate Assistant Professor, Modern Languages

Dr. Brett Landry - Dean & Professor of Cybersecurity, College of Business

Dr. Christopher Mirus - Associate Professor, Philosophy

Ryan Reedy - Chief of Staff, President's Office

Dr. Maria Pia Septien - Affiliate Instructor, Bibilical School Expenses

Dr. David Smith - Adjunct Instructor, 

Dr. Robert Walsh - Associate Professor, Accounting, COB

20 years

Dr. Sue Conger - Professor, I&TM

Dr. Amy Fisher-Smith - Associate Professor, Psychology

Tamara Kuykendall - Office & Business Manager, Center for Thomas More Studies

Dr. Christopher Malloy - Associate Professor, Theology

Dr. Tiffany Miller - Associate Professor, Politics

Dr. Brian Murray - Associate Professor, COB

Dr. Walter (Scott) Wysong - Associate Professor, Marketing, COB

25 years

Rebecca Davies - Director, Rome & Summer Programs

Dr. Blake Frank - Associate Professor, Marketing, COB

30 years

Dr. Lance Simmons - Associate Professor, Philosophy

Dr. Richard Peregoy - Associate Professor, Marketing, COB

35 years

Dr. Michael Cosgrove - Professor, Economics

Dr. William Frank - Professor, Philosophy

Dr. Gerard Wegemer - Professor, English

40 years

Dr. Scott Churchill - Professor, Psychology

Jeffrey Khan - Evening Services Assistant, Library

David LeMire - Senior Safety Officer, UDPD

Your Employee Appreciation Week Committee:

Thank you to the Employee Appreciation Week Committee for all of your hard work and contributions.  

Rebecca Almanza, Eva Avila (Chair), Rachel Blasinsky, Paula Brown, Mary Fleck, Olivia Hernandez, Cherie Hohertz, Jacquelyn Lyons, Emma May, Christina Nguyen, Ken Starzer, Kelli Trautmann, and Dawn Westergard.