Staff Day celebration set for May 23

Staff Day is right around the corner, so it’s time for people to start limbering up their arms.

No, not just for the softball or golf tournaments — but also for the new washers tournament!

The 30th annual Staff Day celebration will be May 23, and the above-mentioned activities are just a few of the highlights of the day.

The event will honor staff for their contributions to the University’s success. This year’s edition will kick off at 10 a.m. (a half-hour earlier than in the past) with the Staff Service Award and Recognition Ceremony in Edison Theatre.

Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton will host the program and will be assisted by the University’s vice chancellors and deans. The ceremony will honor those with 10, 15, 20, 26 and 30-plus years of service.

Wrighton will present the eighth annual Gloria W. White Distinguished Service Award, recognizing a staff member for exceptional effort and contributions that result in the enhancement of the University.

A buffet lunch and social gathering will be at 11:30 a.m. (again, a half-hour earlier than years past) in Bowles Plaza. In case of inclement weather, lunch will be in Mallinckrodt Student Center.

From 1-3 p.m., open activities for staff members include wallyball and racquetball, swimming, running on Bushyhead Track and use of the fitness center in the Athletic Complex.

Those preferring something less strenuous can have a caricature drawn or try their luck at bingo, bridge and other table games in Holmes Lounge.

Tyson Research Center personnel will be offering two tours of the facility: a pond visit to collect and identify pond organisms, or a flower walk to learn medicinal and cosmetic uses of plants.

Bus transportation is provided to Tyson, and advance registration is required. For information on the tours, call Joyce Duncan at 935-8430.

In addition, the following group activities will be available:

• Golf at Forest Park: Call Bev Owens at 935-6482. Golfers will have box lunches at the park before their 12:15 p.m. tee time. Greens fees, including carts, is $20. A men’s, ladies’ and mixed best-ball scramble is offered.

• A Hilltop Campus tour: Call Jim Burmeister at 935-5801.

• A bike ride in Forest Park: Call Bobbe Winters at 935-6231.

• Softball: E-mail Tom Lauman at New this year: If you want to play, but don’t have enough people to field a team, arrangements will be made to place you on a team.

• Volleyball: Call Janine Prost-Domasky at 935-9525.

• WUSTL Walks: Call Betsy Foy at 935-7386.

• And, of course, the two-person, double-elimination washers tournament: E-mail Karen Rose at

All registrations must be received by May 16.

At 3:30 p.m. in Bowles Plaza, winners of various activities will be presented with trophies or plaques, and there will be drawings for grand prizes. Treats from Ted Drewes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis during the awards.

“Staff members at this University work very hard and contribute daily to the University’s success,” said Ann B. Prenatt, vice chancellor for human resources. “They deserve their own day of recognition, and a great deal of time and effort is put into the organizing and implementing of the event by the Staff Day Committee and the Office of Human Resources.

“All the work we put into it is worth it when we see the smiles of those receiving service awards, colleagues enjoying the competitions and staff members just out having a fun afternoon.”

For more information, call 935-5990.