2021 TGFS In Review

Thank you for participating in our 2021 Thank Goodness for Staff: Staff Appreciation Week! Staff Assembly hopes you enjoyed the event, signed up for your giveaway, connected with colleagues, and felt appreciated for everything you do to make UC Davis great.

Thank You from Campus Leadership

Campus leaders throughout the Davis campus recorded and submitted videos to share their appreciation with staff.

Kick-Off Event

TGFS kicked off with remarks from Chancellor May and a keynote address from Shola Richards titled "Unstoppable Resilience: The Keys to Staying Strong During Any Crisis." The Unstoppable Resilience™ keynote provides the audience with the highly-practical strategies to build unshakable strength within themselves and within their teams. Missed it or want to re-watch? Check out the recording on AggieVideo. Those interested may also download the Unstoppable Resilience workbook.

Trigger warning: The keynote speaker shares a story of attempted suicide. If you or someone you know could benefit from mental health resources, you can visit Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) and Each Aggie Matters. In crisis? Text "RELATE" to 741741 or call 1-800-273-8255.

5 Clues to Your Talents 

Thank you to Amy Shuman, Workforce Development Director for the Division of Student Affairs, for her workshop titled "5 Clues to Your Talent." To access the workshop handouts, please click below.

Chancellor & LeShelle May's Thursday Thoughts

In this special edition of Thursday Thoughts, LeShelle and the Chancellor celebrate TGFS by playing a game in which they guess the staff’s favorite campus locations, animals and eggheads. Guess who gets the most points!

Talent Show Winners

We are very grateful to the many submissions to the talent show! We received nearly 80 entries and 600 votes. Congratulations to this year's winners, who are listed below.

  • Art: Painting/Drawing
  • First Place: Dale Huey (Facilities/Fleet Services)
    Second Place (Tie)Eleise Kinch (CNPRC Primate Center) & Denea Clark (Undergraduate Research Center)

  • Art: Photography
  • First Place: Sam Briggs (Bodega Marine Laboratory - Aquatic Resource Group)
    Second PlaceDaniel Imperiale (Facilities Management)
    Third Place: Kathy Garvey (Entomology and Nematology)

  • Art: Other Mediums
  • First Place: Robert Luckert (Environmental Toxicology - Marine Pollution Studies Laboratory at Granite Canyon)
    Second Place: Ryan Tagumasi (Parking and Transportation)
    Third Place: Carmen Soriano (Staff Development and Professional Services)

  • Movement
  • First Place: Linda Zhao (Center for Neuroscience)
    Second Place: Katherine Moffat (Environmental Toxicology)
    Third Place: Karen Block (Development and Alumni Relations)

  • Culinary
  • First Place: Loreli Burton (Graduate School of Management)
    Second Place: Amy Slavich (IT Epic Applications)
    Third Place: Memo Garcia (California National Primate Research Center)

  • Music
  • First Place: Pauline Metzgar (Cal Aggie Alumni Association)
    Second Place: Casey Davis (Academic Assistance and Tutoring Centers)
    Third Place: Evelyn Rumsby (UCCE ANR: Santa Clara County 4-H Youth Development)


We would appreciate your feedback (constructive and complimentary) on this year's TGFS offerings. Staff Assembly is always looking to improve and appreciate staff, especially as we look ahead to the next academic year and anticipate hybrid events for 2021-2022. 

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