Celebrating Staff!

We celebrate staff, today and everyday. Thank you for all you do to help us achieve our missions of research, teaching and patient care. Our on-campus events may be postponed, but we can all take a moment to celebrate our achievements together.

A note on Danforth Staff Day
Remember Danforth Staff Day 2019? The weather was amazing, and we gathered as a community to celebrate staff, recognize service milestones and have fun together. Many of us met Chancellor Andrew Martin for the first time, as he joined us to honor staff and participate in the festivities. Our Staff Day agenda featured a picnic-style lunch followed by a diverse list of activities from wellness and sports to Improv! We ended the day with a WashU Medal Ceremony, raffle and of course…a St. Louis favorite…Ted Drewes.

Needless to say, Staff Day 2020 won’t be exactly the same, but as you know by now, there are many ways to have fun, even if we can’t be with our friends and co-workers.

Here is a list of a few things for you; choose one, two or all of them! We’ll send more along in the coming weeks to keep you connected and engaged. We hope you will connect with colleagues, your department or even invite your family to and explore the following virtual activities. Who knows what fun you can have this year?

Celebrate Staff Virtual Activities: Take part on May 18, or at any time! It is important to make time for fun, wellness and connection. 

WashU events:

  1. Attend fitness classes hosted by the WashU Rec Center
  2. Take a moment to visit our Wall of Praise and leave a shout out for your colleagues, who are doing amazing things while at home.
  3. Try out a MyWay to Health recipe by yourself or with the family. The wellness team has collected recipes that are nutritious, delicious, and take the guesswork out of meal planning!
  4. Olin Business School made WashU coloring pages for you or your kids to create your own vision of campus. Make sure you share your finished pages using the hashtag #WashUTogether.
  5. Join Meg Krejci for a quick mindfulness session

Around town – Experience St. Louis:

  1. Try out this Maryland Heights Jigsaw!
  2. Nature helps you find the beauty in everything around you. The Botanical Gardens has virtual tours, photos, scavenger hunts, gardening tips, and more for you here. Make sure you also snap a picture of your garden and share with us using the hashtag #WashUTogether.
  3. Laughter is contagious and good for the soul. The Harlem Globetrotters are here to help! Check out videos the team is posting to help with at-home learning for the kids and for a little laugh. Show us your Globetrotter skills using the hashtag #WashUTogether.

Connecting throughout the week:

  1. Start your weekend off right with a mindfulness session hosted by your WashU Wellness Team and make sure you wear your favorite WashU attire! Danforth sessions are on Thursdays at Noon.
  2. The Kemper Art Museum is closed, but still wants to stay connected with the community. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays they welcome you to join in #KemperConnect on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
  3. Perennial is offering fun virtual classes that range from Tools 101 to Zero Waste Home Self-Care!
  4. Do you miss the St. Louis Aquarium or wish you got a chance to see it before stay at home orders? The aquarium is offering interactive activities virtually through their Facebook page weekly. Join them for fun games that also give you a glimpse into the tanks! You can have a virtual breakfast with the sharks, learn more about the otters, and learn more about the different fish through their bingo games!

A special note for our service award recipients: We will follow up in the coming weeks on our plan to honor you for your years of dedication to Washington University!