How do you say “thank you” to those who help Clemson run smoothly every day?
That’s the question the Office of Human Resources sought to answer years ago when the idea of an Employee Appreciation Luncheon first came to be.
Since then – the luncheons have only grown as one way the University seeks to share its appreciation with the staff and faculty who make Clemson truly special.
The time-honored tradition continued this May as more than one thousand Clemson employees joined at The Dish at McAlister Dining Hall.
“Our faculty and staff are our greatest investment,” said Vivian Watson-Paul, director of training, development and retention at Clemson. “Appreciating and pouring into our faculty and staff makes them feel valued, which in my opinion, has a direct return on investment in the classroom, labs and our community.”
1,005 Clemson employees visited the dining hall on May 16, where they enjoyed a complimentary buffet-style lunch featuring barbecue, burgers, hot dogs and more.
After getting their lunch, served by President Jim Clements, Provost Bob Jones and other Clemson leaders, employees met and mingled with fellow Tigers while listening to entertainment from MixMasterz, DJs & More.
“Having an institution that takes time to recognize its people and bring everyone together is what keeps us here,” said John Vitalis, assistant director of residential living for Clemson University Housing & Dining. “The food was great, and the folks were wonderful as always.”
The Tiger also stopped by the Dish to greet employees, taking time to dance with staff and faculty in between posing for selfies.
The annual luncheon was hosted by the Office of Human Resources and sponsored by Clemson Home. Prizes and donations were also supplied by the University’s Executive Leadership Team members.
Watson-Paul has enjoyed seeing these events grow throughout the years and looks forward to them every year. Her favorite part?
“Seeing the employees having fun and the excitement on their faces while interacting with the Executive Leadership Team, colleagues, and the Tiger, along with the DANCING!” said Watson-Paul.
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