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Art, music and food draw hundreds to HSC staff celebration

Scultpture dedication and plaza improvements also part of Inaugural Pug Burge All Staff Celebration

Art, the sound of a guitar strumming in the background, and deli boxed sandwiches laid out on new outdoor tables – can a fall Friday lunch get much better around the HSC?

More than 500 people participated in the first UNM Health Sciences Center All Staff Celebration on Friday, using the occasion as a chance to get caught up with old friends, tap their toes to music, and sign up for prizes ranging from  gift certificates for a haircut at Hair Revival Salon to a year’s worth of free UNM campus parking.

It was all part of the Pug Burge All Staff Celebration - named after retired Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Center Administration, Pug Burge.

"It is a great honor to have this event named after me and for it to be dedicated to staff.  They are the ones who make things happen throughout the HSC," said  Burge.

Artist William Goodman of Tinnie, New Mexico, attended the dedication of his 16-foot hammered-steel sculpture, “Thistle.”  

“This is a good space for my work. I’m glad to see it here,” he said. Goodman has spent most of his career creating sculptures in New Mexico, and he is known for his curling, curving sculptures that arch against the sky. His pieces have been placed in areas ranging from the Federal Courthouse in Las Cruces; Museum of New Mexico; Bicentennial Albuquerque; College of Santa Fe; to Kruda Bay, Alaska.

The recently-dedicate sculpture "Thistle" can be seen on the HSC plaza.

After the dedication, Health Sciences Center staff members registered for drawings, chatted with colleagues, and enjoyed lunch while listening to the last Friday concert of the season. Every seat around the new tables, recently installed on the plaza, was filled. There was also an architect’s drawing on view of additional plaza updates in the works.

“This is awesome,” said Norma Dye an HR Specialist in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. “I eat on the plaza all the time, and I’m going to love being able to do it at the new tables instead of having to spread things out on the grass.”

Renée Butler, an Operations Specialist in the Department of Neurosurgery, agreed.  “I eat at my desk a lot.  It will be great to have this seating as an option on nice days,” she said.

“While the first employee staff awards program at the Health Sciences Center was in the School of Medicine, today’s programs have expanded campu- wide as most departments and programs have some sort of recognition program,” said Senior Executive Officer for Finance and Administration, Ava Lovell.

Permanent tables and chairs have been located around the plaza edges.  In the near future, the area’s central fountain is also scheduled to be revamped.“We wanted to move the event to something that would benefit all staff,” said Lovell. 

For more information about the 2013 Staff Recognition event, visit the Staff Recognition Website at http://hsc.unm.edu/staffAward/index.html



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