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Staff Appreciation Week

Staff Appreciation Week 2012

Join us on September 12 for presentations celebrating the diversity of the UVM community as we hear from two staff members who have journeyed far to join us.

Photo of Sanna Kuku

Sanna Kuku was born in Khartoum, Sudan in the early 1980's. The area was relatively peaceful during Sanna’s childhood, but with tensions rising and fighting becoming more widespread, Sanna's husband left for Egypt in 2001, hoping to secure refugee status for his young family. Sanna followed in 2002 with their twin 2-year old boys. Together they lived and worked in Cairo for two years before coming to Vermont as political refugees.

Photo of Issouf OuattaraIssouf Ouattara was born in Ivory Coast. He was sent to boarding school in Burkina Faso at the age of 12 to avoid political unrest. This would be a watershed experience as Issouf would never again live with his family. After student unrest over the great divide in wealth in the country led to several educational delays, Issouf finally attained a master's degree in business law. He married and had two sons before the precarious economic climate in Burkina Faso convinced Issouf to come to the United States, learn English, and seek the opportunity to work toward an advanced degree here.

Presentations at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Seating is limited. Register through PeopleSoft HR > Self Service > Learning and Development:

  • From Sudan to Burlington (DIV006) 11:00 AM to Noon
  • From Burkina Faso to Burlington (DIV005) 1:00 to 2:00 PM

The remainder of the Staff Appreciation Week schedule is as follows:

The Social on the Green will be on Monday, September 10 with lunch served from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. All UVM staff are invited to join us under the tent behind the Fleming Museum for a meal provided by the President's Office and University Dining Services. Enjoy the jazz ensemble, great conversation and a chance to win one of a number of raffle gifts. The celebration will be hosted this year by President Thomas Sullivan and his wife Leslie Sullivan.

The Staff Art Show Reception Celebrate Staff! Celebrate Art! will be Tuesday, September 11 from noon to 1:00 PM in the Davis Center. The Art Show will showcase the varied artistic talents of the UVM staff community and celebrate the Staff Council's 41st year of service at The University of Vermont.

The 10-Year Luncheon on Wednesday, September 12 at 12:00 noon in the Davis Center will honor those staff who are in their tenth year of service to the University. This meal, hosted by Provost Jane Knodell and Vice President Richard Cate is by invitation only and an RSVP is required.

The Staff Recognition Dinner on Thursday, September 13, at 5:30 PM at the Davis Center will honor those staff celebrating 15 or more years of service to UVM. This evening gathering, emceed by Vice President Gary Derr and hosted by President Thomas Sullivan and his wife Leslie Sullivan is also by invitation only and an RSVP is required.

Questions about Staff Appreciation Week? e-Mail

Invitations for the 10-Year Luncheon and the Staff Recognition Dinner were sent to eligible staff on or around August 15 with a firm deadline to reply by Thursday, September 6. If you have a problem with your invitation, e-mail Laura D. Smith.



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