A Day on the Links to Make a Difference

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NC State staff help produce a golf tournament designed to raise funds for staff scholarships.

NC State staff pose in front of a red tent at a golf tournament NC State staff members pose for a photo in front of the Staff Senate tent at the UNC Staff Assembly Chancellors’ Cup Golf Tournament.

Although the day started as early as 3:30 a.m. for a number of NC State staff, they turned out in full force to make the UNC Staff Assembly Chancellors’ Cup Golf Tournament a success.

And they earned some bragging rights in the process.

The NC State chancellor’s team won third place in the tournament, and the university’s Staff Senate won the “most spirited” contest for their tent at the sixth hole.

Held at the Tobacco Road Golf Course in Sanford, the annual tournament raises money for the Janet B. Royster Memorial Staff Scholarship Fund, which honors the UNC Staff Assembly’s first parliamentarian who died in 2011.

“Although a tournament, and therefore a competition, the day was characterized by excitement, fun and camaraderie,” says Janice Sitzes, associate director of marketing services for the McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education, who helped coordinate the event. “We’re from 17 different campuses, but we are one extended family. And we all came together as one to help raise money for staff scholarships.”

The numbers are still being crunched, but this year’s tournament is expected to raise $53,000.

NC State served as a co-host of the tournament with Fayetteville State University. Now in its eighth year, the tournament was the brainchild of NC State’s Susan Colby, associate director of the North Carolina 4-H Development Fund, who at one time served as chair of the NC State Staff Senate and chair of the UNC Staff Assembly.

Sitzes says that one of her favorite moments of the day was when members of Royster’s family stopped by the NC State tent to visit with the staff.

But her biggest takeaway was an overwhelming feeling of pride.

“Our NC State staffers showed up en force,” she says. “They gave their time and energy willingly, worked hard and were always cheerful and helpful. Seeing everyone sitting on the back porch at the conclusion of the golf tournament waiting for the results — after a very long day — made my heart swell.”