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Annual Luncheon Honors the College's USPS Staff Members

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By Karen Guin

The College of Health and Public Affairs held its annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon today to honor the efforts of its 44 University Support Personnel System staff employees.

More than 100 members of the college gathered at the Stoneybrook Country Club in Orlando, where they enjoyed lunch and the awarding of door prizes donated by local community businesses and organizations.

Joyce Dorner, the college's interim dean, thanked the staff members for their work over the past year. "The college couldn't operate without your efforts," she said.

She also announced the college's Employee of the Year for 2006-2007, Christine Baker, a secretary in the Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies.

Joining the group were the college's deans, department chairs, school directors, faculty and other staff, who introduced USPS employees who had joined the college since last year's luncheon.

The following businesses and organizations generously donated door prizes to the college
for its 2007 Staff Appreciation Luncheon:

College Park Yoga, Orlando
Sbarro's Pizza, UCF Student Union
TooJay's, Waterford Lakes Town Center, Orlando
Aveda @ Gary Lambert Salon & Spa, Winter Park
Orlando Opera Company
Woody's Bar-B-Q, Alafaya Trail, Orlando
Holy Land Experience, Orlando
Morse Museum of American Art, Winter Park
Orange County Regional History Center, Orlando
Panera Bread Executive Office, Altamonte Springs
Orlando Science Center
Orlando Museum of Art
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
Chamberlain's Health Food Store, Oviedo

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