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Rio Hosts Annual Employee and Family Picnic

by Jessica Patterson

September 15, 2017

Faculty and Staff took time to take fun photos and make memories. Pictured are Senior Financial Aid Advisor Michelle Kennedy and Student Engagement Coordinator Seth Lawrence

Faculty and Staff took time to take fun photos and make memories. Pictured are Senior Financial Aid Advisor Michelle Kennedy and Student Engagement Coordinator Seth Lawrence

The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College faculty and staff dedicate long hours to providing students with high quality education. To give these employees a chance to relax, Rio hosted its annual Employee and Family Picnic. This year’s event coincided with Founders’ Day and celebrated Rio’s heritage and all of the employees who are part of the institution’s history.

A tradition at the picnic is to recognize Rio’s new employees and those marking milestone years of service at the institution. Director of Human Resources Chris Nourse said the 15 employees earning milestone years ranged between 5 to 35 years, totaling over 200 years combined, and Rio welcomed 30 new employees hired within the last year. He said the annual picnic began as a way to thank all employees for their service to Rio.

“We are grateful to our employees who work hard for Rio every day and their dedication to our students,” Nourse said. “This is a chance to take a break from our normal work day responsibilities and celebrate the work we do for Rio with our colleagues and family.”

Events at the picnic included door prize drawings donated by local businesses and pictures with Rio Founder Permelia Atwood, courtesy of Rio alumna Josie Bapst, Class of 1975.