Thursday, 17 December 2015

IRRI Year-end Celebration - A Night of Tribute and Broadway!

Winners of the Best in Costume Contest -Group Category: 1st Prize- CESD (Mary Poppins Musical), 2nd Prize-GQNC (Cats Musical), and 3rd Prize-SCS (New York, New York Musical). For the Best in Costume Individual Category, winners are: 1st Prize- Joan Ynion from SSD (Annie Musical), 2nd Prize – Digna Manzanilla from CESD (Charlston Musical), and 3rd Prize- Margaret Catolos from PBGB (Wicked Musical).

What did Elphaba, Peter Pan, Annie, Eponine, Bialystock, Mary Poppins and Roxanne have in common? They all went to IRRI’s Hats-Off Celebration!

11th December was a night of glitz and glamour as staff came to the party wearing the costume of their favorite Broadway musical characters. The event has a “Hats Off” tagline to give tribute to IRRI’s past, present and future endeavors. The tribute to the out-going Director General, Robert Zeigler highlighted the event. Special DG tribute videos were shown which brought smiles and tears of joy to everyone present. Copies of special issue of Rice Today featuring the highlights of DG Zeigler’s IRRI career was also presented and distributed. Presentations from the Brent school students, IRRI spouses and staff made the night even more colorful.

Towards the evening, staff and guests enjoyed the sumptuous food served, while lucky staffs brought home exciting games and raffle prizes. Real show stoppers were the winners of the Best in Costume contest for the Individual and Group categories.  Everyone partied and sang-along the night away. The whole evening was filled with fun, laughter, nostalgia, food, games and tons of surprises!

It’s been a tough year but we should all be proud of what we accomplished together. Let’s raise a glass – to us, to our families and to a happy 2016!

IRRI Hats-off Party in Action
For related inquiries on future HRS activities and events, please contact HRS-WRAS team at HQ ext. 2935 / 2363 or send email to HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2015-056

IRRI Annual Service Awards and Employee Recognition Program successfully held

The 2015 Annual Service Awards recipients: 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of service

A total of 102 staff were awarded during the 2015 Annual Service Awards and Employee Recognition Program held on 11 December 2015 at headquarters. The annual program brings the IRRI community together to acknowledge the years of service and celebrate the accomplishments of staff members. Recognized also in the ceremony were the winners of the Year-end 2014 Semi-Annual Awards (SATA), the Manager’s Discretionary Awards (MDA), and the Nationally Recruited Staff Awards (NRS). Plaques and certificates of recognition to the program recipients were presented by the out-going Director General Robert Zeigler, Deputy Director General for Research and in-coming Director General Matthew Morell and Director for Human Resources Services Christine Croombes.
The program which started at 8:30AM was attended by the IRRI Management Committee, the honorees’ OU heads and supervisors, as well as their relatives and friends. Light snack followed after the event.

Reneeliza Jean Melgar and Carlito Balingbing Assistant Scientist and Senior Associate Scientist 1 respectively of the Crop and Environmental Sciences Division hosted the event. 

Year-End Semi-Annual Team Award (SATA) recipients
2015 Year-end SATA winners – 3K Team of the T.T. Chang, Genetic Rice Center

Manager’s Discretionary Award (MDA) recipients
 Manager’s Discretionary Award (MDA) winners – month of November (L to R: 3rd & 5th respectively):  Bea Martinez of Events, Visitors and Exhibition office, and Jocelyn Amarante of the Donor Relations and Projects Coordination office. Not in photo were MDA months of May and June winners: Nandita Jain and Savita Sharma from India country office (May winners), and Ohnmar Tun from Myanmar country office and Paul Benhamin Hilario of the Events, Visitors and Exhibition office (June winners)

Nationally Recruited Staff Award (NRS) recipients
Nationally Recruited Staff Award (NRS) winners: Arnel Rala - IRRI Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement or Development; PBGB’s Rainfed Lowland South Asia Team - IRRI Award for Outstanding Research Support; and Rosendo Gutierrez – IRRI Award for Outstanding Administrative Support

IRRI through the HRS Workplace Relations & Advisory Services (HRS-WRAS) continue to provide a meaningful employee recognition programs to staff. For related inquiries on Annual Service Awards and Employee Recognition Program or future SATA and MDA nominations, please contact HRS-WRAS team at HQ ext. 2935 / 2363 or send email to HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2015-055