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College Staff Recognized at Appreciation Luncheon

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By Karen Guin

On April 26, the college hosted its popular Staff Appreciation Luncheon to recognize the contributions of its staff members.

All members of the college's staff were invited to attend a delicious buffet lunch and door-prize giveaway. Many faculty members and college administrators joined in the fun as well.

This year's event highlighted the trends, dress and décor of the past five decades in recognition of UCF's 50th anniversary.

In keeping with the theme, many participants dressed in attire from their favorite decade. Among them was college Dean Michael Frumkin, who dressed as Citronaut, a mascot from the early days when UCF was named Florida Technological University.

The luncheon also provided the dean with an opportunity to announce this year's recipients of the college's Employee of the Year awards. Margaret Mlachak won the award in the University Support Personnel Services (USPS) category and Marva Ellington won the award for the Administrative and Professional (A&P) category.

The dean personally thanked the following inidividuals for their efforts in putting on this year's luncheon: Abi Bell, Barbara Conner, Sarah Drehoff, Pat Means, Margaret Mlachak, Vanessa Nixon and Kaitlyn Sweeney.

View other photos from the luncheon at (All photos by Abi Bell)

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