Staff Day 2011 offers an array of activities

Danforth Campus employees recognized for contributions to university May 23

Danforth Campus employees are invited to relax, have fun and celebrate with co-workers on Staff Day, Monday, May 23.

Washers, golf, bingo, softball and tours are just some of the many activities offered at Staff Day, a daylong celebration organized by the Office of Human Resources to recognize Danforth Campus staff members and show the university’s appreciation for their work throughout the year.

“We are pleased to, once again, invite our staff colleagues to Staff Day,” says Ann B. Prenatt, vice chancellor for human resources. “It is a special day of well-deserved recognition for staff members who make many and varied contributions to the success of the university.”

Staff Day kicks off with a Service Awards ceremony, hosted by Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton, at Edison Theatre in the Mallinckrodt Center at 10 a.m. The ceremony will honor those with 10, 15, 20, 26 and 30-plus years of service to the university.

Wrighton also will present the 14th annual Gloria W. White Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes a Danforth Campus nonacademic staff member for his or her exceptional effort and contribution to the university.

Jeff Cooper of Residential Life enjoys a game of golf at Forest Park during Staff Day 2010.

Next on the schedule is lunch, which begins at 11:30 a.m. at Bowles Plaza outside the Mallinckrodt Center. If there is inclement weather, lunch will be held in the Mallinckrodt Center. Tickets, which are required for the lunch, are free and can be requested at

After lunch, those preferring to take it easy can take an educator-led Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum tour (1 p.m. or 2 p.m., email to sign up); play bingo (1:30-3 p.m. at Holmes Lounge), or take a tour of the Danforth Campus (1 p.m. at Brookings Archway).

Employees also can spend the afternoon volunteering at University City’s Delmar-Harvard Elementary School by helping the school pack books. Volunteers can meet at the school (711 Kingsland Ave.) at 1 p.m. or meet by the George Washington statue in front of Olin Library at 12:30 p.m. to walk over. RSVP at For more information, contact Jane Miller at or call (314) 935-5752.

For employees wanting a more athletic afternoon, Staff Day offers:

  • Golf at Forest Park Golf Course. Those who sign up for golf must be at the clubhouse by 11:30 a.m. for lunch, and tee times start at 12:15 p.m. Tee times are limited to the first 60 players. There is a greens fee of $26. A few spots still remain; contact Bev Owens at as soon as possible for availability.
  • Softball at the Women’s Softball Field. The opening pitch is 1 p.m. Either sign up with a team or by yourself and you will be assigned a team. To sign up, email Brian Kosmiski at
  • Volleyball at the Athletic Complex. The first game starts at 1:30 p.m. Either sign up with a team or by yourself and you will be assigned a team. To sign up, email Jeff Herman at or Donna Hall at
  • Washers at Mudd Field. The first toss is at 1 p.m. To sign up a two-person team, email Karen Rose at
  • Bike ride through Forest Park. This ride begins at 1:30 p.m. at the bottom of the steps at Brookings Hall. Please bring your own bike. For more information, email Bobbe Winters at
  • WU Walks through the Danforth Campus. The walk starts at 1 p.m. in front of Graham Chapel. For more information, email Betsy Foy at
Jeanetta Nixon of the School of Law plays bingo at Holmes Lounge during Staff Day 2010.

Also, from 1-3 p.m., the Athletic Complex and Tao Tennis Center will be open for swimming, working out, tennis, running on the outdoor track, and other activities.

The day culminates with a presentation of trophies and drawings for prizes at 3:30 p.m. at Bowles Plaza. Among the prizes offered are Cardinals baseball tickets, restaurant gift cards, a night’s stay at the Moonrise Hotel and the Knight Center, and two round-trip domestic flight vouchers from American Airlines.

Free Ted Drewes frozen custard will be offered during the presentation.

“A great deal of time and effort is put into the organizing and implementing of this event by the Staff Day Committee and the Office of Human Resources,” Prenatt says. “All of that work 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 about the Staff Day event schedule and locations, contests and prizes, visit or email