Last Friday, I hosted 13 staff for lunch in my office as part of the annual Chancellor’s Lunchbox Club. It's one of my favorite lunches of the year because it gives me the opportunity to meet staff face-to-face and to personally thank them for their many contributions. I always encourage my guests to ask questions and share with me their experiences as staff members. I learn a lot and have a great time doing so.
This year 10 of the employees were chosen at random from 275-plus staff who signed up at the 2019 Staff Summer Celebration. They were joined by Staff Association Chair Luis Legaspi and Chair-Elect Bryce Besser, and one lucky staffer was nominated and selected by my assistant chancellors.
Attendees came to my office, received lunch, and conversed with me and each other about working at UC San Diego. Everyone left with a smile, bragging rights and a commemorative tin lunchbox embossed with an entertaining cartoon of me.
Thank you, Bob, Kyle, Ley, Erin, Jade, Roberta, Valerie, Sandy, Elsa, Ria, and Jody. It was a pleasure meeting you all. And thank you, Luis for your service this past year as the Staff Association Chair. Bryce, I'm looking forward to working with you this coming year.
Want to come to lunch next year? Find me and my staff at next year’s annual Staff Summer Celebration to sign up for the drawing. I'm looking forward to next year's Lunchbox Club and a chance to meet you.