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First M-Square-hosted Holiday Party a Major Success

First M-Square-hosted Holiday Party a Major Success

By: Mark Baith

In what is likely to become an annual tradition for years to come, ESSIC held its first¬†independently-hosted holiday party at the Center’s M-Square Research Park facility, Friday, December 14th, 2012.

According to Assistant Director Andy Negri, who along with Linda Carter and Rashida Bandy comprised the ESSIC M-Square party planning committee, a locally-hosted holiday or end-of-year party was somewhat born out of necessity.

ESSIC had maintained a long-standing tradition of jointly hosting an interdepartmental¬†holiday party on the UMCP campus, along with fellow CMNS partners AOSC and Geology. ¬†However, the logistics of this arrangement had become increasingly difficult to maintain in recent years, given ESSIC’s growth and its 2008 relocation to the M-Square Research Park. ¬†Negri noted that only 12 ESSIC employees had managed to attend the 2011 on-campus interdepartmental party and that he began broaching the subject of an ESSIC-hosted party in early 2012.

IMG 0235ESSIC Director Antonio Busalacchi deemed the party “quite the fete,” with an attendance of 85 people. ¬†Busalacchi later served as “Master of Ceremonies” for the presentation of the annual peer awards, staff service awards, and new hire introductions. ¬†He also thanked those who provided food and drink, as well as Negri and the various party committees: (listed below).

Planning: R.Bandy, L.Carter, A.Negri

Decorating/Logistics: S.Mahadevia, M.Cribb, C.Sliter, E.Guloy, T.Swaim, M.Baith, M.Maddox

Negri stated that a party “postmortem” was held after the event to¬†identify¬†and address any potential issues, as well as to¬†solicit¬†input and recommendations for the 2013 event.

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