APA, PSSO set events to honor annual award winners

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KALAMAZOO—In lieu of staging a joint spring luncheon this year, Western Michigan University's two non-bargaining employee groups that represent staff members will hold individual events to recognize the 2013 recipients of their annual awards.

The Administrative Professional Association gathering is set for Thursday, April 18, while the Professional Support Staff Organization gathering is set for Friday, April 19. The events are open to all faculty and staff members. Reservations are due by Thursday, April 11, for both events.

Administrative Professional Association

APA has planned a Pillars of Support reception starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Fetzer Center. Reservations are due Thursday, April 11.

The free event will begin with socializing and appetizers and be followed at 5:30 p.m. by an awards ceremony. A cash bar will be available, and door prizes will be drawn at 6 p.m.

Along with the Tony Griffin Service Award winner, the association will announce its Outstanding New Professional and Outstanding Professional for 2013. These three accolades honor some of the campus' most outstanding administrators and professionals, whose dedicated service contributes to the recognition of WMU as a top-100 university.

To make a reservation, those planning to attend the reception should send their name, title and department to lynda.hunt@wmich.edu or via fax to (269) 387-8770. To view the event invitation, visit wmich.edu/apa and click calendar.

Professional Support Staff Organization

PSSO has planned an awards luncheon with a garden party theme from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 19. Reservations and advance payment are due Thursday, April 11. The luncheon costs $6 for PSSO members and $9 nonmembers.

During the event, two people will receive the PSSO Service Award, which goes to members who have demonstrated outstanding service to the organization.

Attendees are eligible for door prizes and are asked to bring donations in support of PSSO's annual community service project.

This year's project will offset special needs of the Kalamazoo Public Schools, such as crayons, colored paper, boxes of tissues and other items for classrooms; hats, mittens and other clothing for students; and materials to create "safe team red backpacks" for teachers to use during times of heightened security or emergencies at their schools.

For more information, including the event brochure and reservation form, visit wmich.edu/psso.