UNT Dallas celebrated the hard work of university staff Friday June 23, 2017 during its 5th Annual Staff Council Professional Development Day.

This year’s theme for the half-day event is Connectedness, Community and Change. The program includes community-building activities; and a three-part keynote from David Bowens, a UNT Dallas alumnus and assistant principal at Permenter Middle School in Cedar Hill Independent School District. Bowens’ 7-year-old son Joshua, served as his cohost for the afternoon.

Watch David and Joshua’s keynote video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-xS7P_hu-Y

The day concluded with the Staff Excellence Awards ceremony. Fourteen staff members were nominated for the awards. Christine Pruitt, teacher certification officer in the School of Education, was received the Staff Excellence Award for a staff member who has worked for UNT Dallas less than two years. Arthur Lumzy, director of career services, was named the Staff Excellence Award winner for employees who have worked at UNT Dallas for more than two years.

The fourteen 2017 nominees are:

Under Two Years Nominees

  • Chasity Hawkins – Office of the Registrar
  • Rhiannon (Dolly) Meyer- Learning Commons
  • Christine Pruitt- Teacher Certification Officer/School of Education
  • Sam Shi- Strategic Analysis & Reporting

Two or More Years

  • Angie Castillo- Executive Assistant to the President/Office of the President
  • Scott Elbert- Undergraduate Admissions
  • Jessica Gilmore- Advising and Student Support
  • Ashley Johnson- Department of Marketing & Communications
  • Cynthia Johnson- Distance Learning & Instructional Technology
  • Arthur Lumzy- Career Services
  • Shaniece Miller- Graduate Admissions
  • Paulina Romero- Learning Commons/LC Writing Center
  • Frances Serrano- Advising and Student Support
  • Francisco Serrano- Facilites & General Servicies

The day concluded with the Staff Council election results. The Staff Council executive board members for 2017-2019 are as follows:

  • Daron Lee, President
  • Shaniece Miller, Vice President
  • Haley Flanagan, Secretary
  • Joselyn Briseno, Treasurer
  • Teresa Espino, Historian

For more information about Staff Council, email Daron.Lee@untdallas.edu.