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Since 2002, Vanderbilt has held Employee Celebration Month each year during September. Employee Celebration Month was filled with festivities such as a picnic, tailgate, Employee Service Awards, tours, concerts, brown bag learning sessions, tasting events, fashion shows and many other events to encourage celebration across the university.
Celebration Month has become a time many staff and faculty look forward to each year.
However, staff and faculty feedback has consistently demonstrated that attempting to hold too many festivities during only one month creates schedule conflicts for those who wish to attend.
Employee Celebration events will now be held throughout the year to maximize opportunities for participation. After conducting a staff and faculty Celebration survey, and reviewing hundreds of responses, the Employee Celebration Committee is implementing a schedule change which will include all the same great events, and a few changes such as a University picnic in May.
“The committee has done a fine job in evaluating Employee Celebration’s event schedule, reviewing survey data and making recommendations for this change,” said Jerry Fife, vice chancellor for Administration. “While many of our faculty and staff would enjoy attending events, fall is an extremely busy time across the University with our students returning. Changes in the calendar will allow for much better attendance and celebration.”
Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine, also spoke in favor of the change.
“Employee Celebration has evolved into an important component of Vanderbilt’s culture. Whether announcing our newest Commodore Award winner or congratulating colleagues for years of distinguished service, Celebration is an experience which bonds us together as one university,” he said. “Broadening Employee Celebration’s schedule improves our opportunity to acknowledge the significant contributions of our staff and faculty.”

Employee Celebration Events—September
• Saturday, Sept. 4, 3:30-6 p.m., Rob Roy Purdy Field at the Student Recreation Center. Tailgate—The annual employee party before a Commodore football game will be before the Vanderbilt-Northwestern game, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m..
•  Monday, Sept. 27, Service Recognition Ceremony 3 to 5 p.m., Sept. 27, in Langford Auditorium
• Throughout the month: Know Your Numbers, in which Health Plus provides a chance to get a blood pressure check and other important health information. Tuesday, Sept. 7, noon–2 p.m. One Hundred Oaks, 26102; Thursday, Sept. 9, 3401 West End, suite 380; Wednesday, Sept. 15, 11a.m.–1 p.m. Light Hall, North Lobby; Tuesday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., VMG Clinic, Edward Curd Lane; Thursday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Law School, Flynn Auditorium; Wednesday, Sept. 29, 7 –10 a.m. Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, 2104.
More information on these and upcoming events throughout the year are at the Employee Celebration website,
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