Quite a surprise

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The Annual Faculty and Staff picnic was held Oct. 30 at 11:30 a.m. at the Old Main pit.

Over 500 faculty and staff members mingled together wearing their orange for an afternoon of fun.

At the beginning of the picnic, President Dr. James Gaertner announced his intention to retire, effective Aug. 31, 2010.

“Nancy and I have enjoyed this time of our lives more than I can describe. It has been an incredible honor to serve with the entire university community as president of this grand old university,” Gaertner said.

“We have been able to renew old friendships, and make many new friends, while serving in a position that has brought us tremendous joy and fulfillment. Please accept my profound thanks and appreciation for your support and commitment to Sam Houston State during my tenure.” Gaertner said.

The faculty and staff’s reaction was mixed. Many people seemed to be upset and surprised. There are quite a few comments and chatter going on after his announcement.

The picnic was hosted by President Dr. Gaertner and his wife, Nancy Gaertner. The faculty and staff picnic is held every year as a way to have open communication lines between faculty, staff and the President.

The event lasted until 1:30 p.m. Hamburgers, chips and watermelon were served. A D.J. played, Sammie came, and all the members of different departments mixed and mingled which made for a great Friday afternoon outside.