The concept was started by department Director, Sal Chiarelli when he first arrived to UVM, as a way to focus the efforts of our very large and diverse department. The annual meeting is a time for our staff to get together and learn about projects and accomplishments by the various crews within the department, and learn about other initiatives around campus. After a hearty breakfast, the program features presentations by front-line staff who inform others about their work. Each year, we invite a handful of stakeholders and campus partners so they also can learn more about our department. The meeting ends with an annual departmental group photo.