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By VINNY CRAIG, Guest Writer

A table, about 25 feet in length, sat in the middle of the room full of delicious food. Typical luncheon-style food sat atop the plates of the beloved faculty and staff of the university. Many walked in to grab small plates for lunch and walked right back out to get back to work.

Tuesday, October 4 was another New Year Celebration put on by Chancellor Daniel Little. All staff and faculty were invited to meet new colleagues or visit with old friends for the start of a new year school year while enjoying a meal.

“It’s a chance for us to get together and see who we work with,” said Anita Miller, an advisor for the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (CASL).

“Sometimes we get siloed in our offices, it’s nice to get out and see other people,” she added.

All faculty and staff from the vast departments and resources available to students gathered at Kochoff Hall in the University Center. Not all staff enjoy the change of scenery from their normal offices.

“It’s so different, we feel ostracized over here. I often get the question ‘How long have you been working here’,” says Joan Doherty. She has been a graduate student advisor in the College of Business building for six years.

To any student standing in the room, big enough to hold a small rally, many of the faces would seem unfamiliar.

“A lot of students wouldn’t know [these staff]’” said David Disney, the Director of Unions and Events. “It’s like the Wizard of Oz and we’re behind the curtain.”