Celebrating the people and projects of TU's Division of Administration and Finance

Team Building, Charity & Laughter: Yes, We’re Talking about Work!

By Debbie Asbury & Mardette Wetzelberger

  When you think fondly of your favorite “numbers” type person, as I’m sure you so often do, you may just be thinking of one of the outstanding employees in Financial Services.  We are 48 strong, with a combined 500 years of service under our belts. 

Financial Services includes the areas of Payroll, Working Fund, Accounts Payable, Perkins Loans, Non-Resident Alien Tax Office and Student Employment, the Help Desk, General Accounting, Support and Special Projects, Training, and PeopleSoft.  We are a dedicated, hard working bunch.  How do we keep the smiles on our faces through all of our hard work, you might wonder?  We know how to have fun!

Financial Services shows off their Towson pride

If you have ever been a passerby to one of Financial Services’ parties, you probably have said to yourself, “They really know how to party!” For us, it’s not just a party.  It’s about team building, laughter, and giving back. 

Our events start with the Party Committee: a diverse group from across Financial Services who knows that a great theme, great decorations and great food awe the crowd.  The party committee also selects a charity for each event, with voluntary donations requested.  No party would be complete without good food, and we encourage homemade and new recipes.  Admittedly, some folks are “required” to make certain dishes for each event, but that’s because our party wouldn’t be the same without them.  Most gatherings involve a trivia game or a themed activity.  Some of our past favorites have been pumpkin bowling, best decorated stocking, craziest flips flops, and a Hawaiian lei toss.

In addition to our Christmas and Halloween parties, we have hosted a Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville Summer Fling, an Easter Bonnet Parade, many Fiscal Year End Close celebrations, an International Lunch Day, a Ravens Tailgate, a combination Halloween and FRS Funeral (when our beloved FRS accounting system was replaced by PeopleSoft), a Financial Services Open House, a TU Homecoming Parade and multiple TU Spirit Days.  Financial Services took home the top prize in the TU Spirit Day 2011 competition.   We won the Black & Gold Friday Traveling “Tiger” trophy to safeguard until next year and a hospitality party for the November 12th Tiger Football game!

Financial Services looks forward to these celebrations.  Studies have shown that laughter releases endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Humor and laughter strengthen our immune system, boosts energy, diminish pain, and protect us from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.

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