Deck Huddleston Hall with Boughs of Holly

Deck Huddleston Hall with Boughs of Holly

Huddleston Hall was decked with boughs of holly yesterday at President Mark Huddleston and Emily Bricker’s Holiday Party. As a student staff member at UNH, I was invited to celebrate the holidays with other faculty, courtesy of the University President. The party, although festive, was based on the idea of giving for the holiday season. Invitees were encouraged to bring nonperishable goods to donate to those in need, and by the time I left the donation box was overflowing with items. The donations, however, did not stop there. For simply attending the event staff members were given tickets for various raffles, which included prizes such as a membership to the Wildcat Kids’ Club, gift certificates, and other fun items. It is so awesome to work for a school that wants to give back to its faculty in the way that the University of New Hampshire does…

The event was set up like a cocktail hour of sorts, with formally-clad waiters and waitresses serving egg nog and champagne punch, and various appetizers being walked around to the groups of people conversing around tables. A jazz band played in the front of the room next to the beautifully decorated Christmas tree. There was even a chef providing some sort of fancy treat which I probably couldn’t pronounce if I tried. In the typical spirit of “everyone gains 10lbs during the holidays” there was a whole spread of desserts from gingerbread men to cupcakes to rock candy. It was nice to see the people who work so hard daily to help the University run smoothly for us get spoiled for a change.

If you are provided with an opportunity to attend these campus events, I suggest you do so. The people who work on this campus are amazing individuals with interesting careers and stories. I know the word “networking” has become a new favorite in the working world, and it’s because networking truly is valuable within professional settings. And if you are not interested in attending the events on campus, in the spirit of the holidays, I suggest that you at least thank someone who has helped you in anyway at UNH.