Do You Know the Villagnome?
What is less than one foot tall and sports a long, gray beard and blue, pointed hat? If you guessed the Villagnome, you’re right!
A direct descendent of the subterranean gnomes of legend, the mythical Villagnome visits the campus’s people and departments who have been “caught” performing exceptional acts for the good of the community. The University Staff Council (USC) presents the Villagnome statue—also known as the “Do Something Good Award”—to the winners to protect and enjoy for one month, when the next recipient is selected.
In December, the Villagnome visited Father Chris Drennen and Campus Ministry to recognize them for the success of the Lessons and Carols program, coordinated by Don Giannella and the Pastoral Musicians. Then in January, it journeyed to Helen Tursi, Helen Mercanti and the Community Committee in thanks for their work on the Christmas Social.
After hunkering down to weather the record-setting storms in February, the Villagnome split time between Dining Services, Public Safety, Grounds and the Health Center, which all went above and beyond the call of duty during the snow. Then Anne Ford of Falvey Library, who helped with the Staff Development Committee’s Personal Productivity Series, took home the gnome in May.
Most recently, Marybeth Avioli and the UNIT staff earned a visit from the Villagnome for their hard work redesigning the USC website.
Now that the Villagnome has finally gone beyond the garden, when will he come to a department near you?
Where is the VILLAGNOME:
- June, 2010 – Villagnome presented to Marybeth Avioli and her staff for their assistance with the re-design of the USC website
- May, 2010 – Villagnome presented to Anne Ford of Falvey Library for her help with the Staff Development Committee's Personal Productivity Series.
- February, 2010 – No meeting (snow)April, 2010 – Villagnome presented to Dining Services, Public Safety, Grounds and Health Center for their outstanding work during the winter snow storms?
- January, 2010 – Villagnome presented to Helen Tursi and the Community Committee/Helen Mercanti for an outstanding Christmas Social?
- December, 2009 – Meghan presented the first "Villagnome/Caught You Doin' Something Good Award" to Fr. Chris Drennen/Campus Ministry for the beautiful Lessons and Carols program coordinated by Don Giannella and the Pastoral Musicians.
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