University will give $250 bonus to all regular employees

President John Hennessy on Tuesday announced that each of Stanford's 11,000 regular full- and part-time employees will receive a $250 bonus as a reward for the "tremendous efforts" of each employee that led to "a very successful year" for the university. Employees will receive the bonus in the first week of November through their chosen method of payroll distribution.

The announcement was made during a special staff-appreciation luncheon held at the new Arrillaga Family Recreation Center. Tables were set up outside on the lawns of Ford Plaza, as well as inside on the covered basketball courts at the rear of the nearly 75,000-square-foot facility. Between 6,000 and 7,000 employees attended the event, according to estimates from Stanford Dining, which provided full catering services.

Diane Peck, executive director of Human Resources, spoke first, thanking all of the university's employees for "all that you do every day." She also recognized several individuals, including Senior Associate Athletic Director Ray Purpur and University Events Manager Felix Krishna, who oversaw catering for the event.

Provost John Etchemendy spoke next, recognizing members of the University Cabinet and then promoting the university's wellness campaign. He invited everyone in attendance to personally tour the building's main and lower levels.

Hennessy addressed the crowd last, reflecting first on the challenges that Stanford has faced over the last few years and thanking faculty and staff for their commitment to the university. Then as a surprise, Hennessy announced the $250 bonus and said each university employee deserved it for all the hard work put in over the last year.

"Do something good for yourself with the money. Buy some gym clothes," Hennessy joked. "You've surely earned it."

The bonus will go out as a separate pay action to regular full-time employees and part-time employees who work a regular schedule of at least 20 hours per week and are eligible for Stanford-sponsored health benefits.

Faculty and staff who are eligible for the bonus should receive a letter in the next few days that provides more information about the bonus program.