On Monday morning, Vanguard’s Needham Courtyard filled with faculty, staff and students for a time to celebrate and thank faculty and staff for the investments they’ve made and continue to make in the lives of students and Vanguard University.
In the past, the appreciation breakfast has been a more formal event. This year, SGA, with the leadership of Senior Class Activities Director Anjolie Phillips, decided to take a more informal route in hopes of creating a very comfortable atmosphere, Senior Class President Jori Smith said. “We wanted to do something memorable and personal,” she added.
Making the pancakes was “something that we could do, not just what we could buy,” Smith said. Student senior volunteers came early, cooked the pancakes and then sat down at tables with faculty and staff to enjoy the time of fellowship.
After student’s served their “homemade” pancakes, Smith opened the breakfast with a word of thanks to the faculty and staff. They have “radically impacted my experience,” Smith said. After some opening words, student speaker Jonathon Murillo shared a message of gratitude and personal experience with the faculty and staff. The event continued with time to simply eat and enjoy each other’s company.
In addition to homemade pancakes, faculty and staff were given succulent plants as gifts. SGA chose to give succulents because they “symbolized the nurturing relationship between faculty and students,” Smith said. The faculty and staff provide the love and care for students like a gardener loves and cares for his garden, she added. “There’s a special bond between a gardener and their garden.”
Along with these gifts, students went the extra mile to show their appreciation by creating personalized video invitations that featured students expressing their gratitude. To view the faculty invitation, click here. For the staff invitation, click here.