Emory Report

May 15, 2000

 Volume 52, No. 33

Staff Fest 2000 promises fun for all

By Eric Rangus

For the 22nd time, Emory staff will give itself a year-end pat on its collective back at Staff Fest, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Four days after Commencement, and at the end of another long, vibrant academic year, Staff Fest provides an opportunity for employees to mingle, picnic, play games or just hang out under the spring sun at the Quad.

This year's theme, "Staff@Emory.Community-Gateway to the Future," was proposed by Marion Dearing, executive assistant to President Bill Chace.

"It should be a fun day for people," said Wynell Lauver, communications specialist for Human Resources and one of the 24 members of the Staff Fest 2000 committee. "It gives everyone a chance to take a break. It's an appreciation for the staff."

Food will include hot dogs, chicken, veggie wraps, chips, pasta salad, ice cream, popcorn and sodas. To enjoy the meal, employees should bring their Emory ID cards or lunch tickets if provided.

In addition to food, staffers will have several and varied opportunities to pull muscles-this year's games and activities include an obstacle course, rock-climbing wall (both new activities this year) and a football toss.

Also back is the 16-team volleyball tournament, which will take place at the end of the Quad near Candler Library. The single-elimination tournament will be decided by rally scoring, first team to 21 points wins (with a 15-minute time limit). The semifinals and finals are the more traditional, best-two-out-of-three games, first team to 15 points wins (but with rally scoring).

The two-mile Apple FunRun at Lullwater will start at 10 a.m., and the one-mile fun walk is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. For registration information, call 404-727-WELL.

More leisurely activities include tic-tac-toe, horseshoes and a trivia game. For those interested in fun of an indoor nature, the Carlos Museum will offer free tours at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Should the weather be uncooperative, the festivities will move into the Dobbs Center (food) and the P.E. Center (games).

T-shirts are available this week for $6 at locations throughout campus. They also will be sold at Staff Fest while supplies last. Volunteers receive free t-shirts.

Planning for the event began several months ago. According to Lauver, feedback from last year's event has generated new features or revised activities this year. Comments about Staff Fest 2000 also will be welcome.

Further information about Staff Fest, including links to Fun Run registration, volleyball team registration or volunteering, is available at http://hr1.hr.emory.edu/SF2000.nsf.

The last day to volunteer is May 16. If you are interested, call Janice Parmer at 404-727-2243.

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