Eastern Washington University held its annual Thanksgiving Dinner, sponsored this year by the Spokane Teachers Credit Union (STCU), in the PUB Nov. 19. The annual event is for employees and students but is mainly attended by faculty and staff.
The dinner is also the time when the university hands out awards to employees for merit and time in service at the university.
The recipient for the Century Tel Classified Staff Award, presented by Ed Simpson, EWU facilities maintenance director, was Ronald Jamison, maintenance mechanic lead. Jamison has been with the university since December 2000. The recipient for the Administrative Exempt Award, presented by Steve Blewett, was Alan Barrom.
Barrom works for the university at the Spokane Center and has been with the university since 1987.
Other awards presented were for longevity at the university. Pins were presented for those in employment for 20, 25, 30 and 35 years. Pins were already presented to those with time in service of five, 10 and 15 years, but all were called to stand and be recognized at the different year levels for the 5-15 year range. All told, there were 226 employees recognized for their continuing service at the university.
The dinner was not only hosted by STCU, but their employees also greeted diners, served dinner (with help from Eastern staff), and bussed tables. The dinner consisted of the usual Thanksgiving fare, turkey, stuffing, potatoes and gravy, etc. and quiche, for the non-meat-eating attendees, which was a nice and considerate touch. Their were several turkeys given as raffle prizes which dinner attendees could sign up for at the door. This was the fourth Thanksgiving dinner this reporter has attended, and, as all have been, the event was a great time. It’s always a pleasure to see those whose efforts behind the scenes to make Eastern the great institution it is, get their just rewards. This function is special because it is one of only two events where the employees are honored during the school year.