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Admissions Staff Cares – Employees Created Mural for UW Seacoast Day of Caring

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
September 15, 2010

Admissions personnel (from left) Cathy Rickarby, Karen Benoit, Carleen Kruczek, Cheryl Geddis, Sharen Gibadlo and Diana Leary work on a mural that will be displayed in the children's room at Lamprey Health Care in Newmarket for the United Way Day of Caring on Wednesday, September 15, 2010. Mike Ross, Photographic Services.

When the Admissions Office staff reviewed the list of wants and needs for this fall’s United Way Day of Caring, one request in particular got them excited. Lamprey Health Care in Newmarket was looking for someone to create a wall painting to decorate their children’s waiting room. Richard Haynes, associate director of admissions, said they should do something more.

Haynes, who also is an artist, is known for his colorful murals. With his help, the employees created a 3-by-5 painting that will be framed and permanently hung on the health center’s walls.

“It feels really great to have accomplished something like this,” says Sharen Gibadlo, senior associate director of admissions and the coordinator for this project. “You see the results and see how it helps an organization that didn’t have any resources, and you feel good.”

This is the group’s third time participating in the United Way of the Greater Seacoast’s Annual Day of Caring, taking place Wednesday, Sept. 15. The Day of Caring has volunteers from various businesses and community groups doing hands-on projects that otherwise would go undone for local non-profit organizations. Previously, the admissions employees helped out at a daycare and a teen center.

“We got together and looked at the projects the different organizations needed done this year and decided which ones were doable for us,” says Cheryl Geddis, senior information support assistant.

The materials to frame the artwork were donated; Haynes donated the paint and his instruction. On Wednesday, the group will go to Lamprey Health and install the wall decoration.  They will then spend the day creating new-patient packets for the health care center.

“The whole office, about 30 of us, participated in some way,” Geddis says. “It’s a great experience and a great way to give back to the community.”

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