Human Resources

Activities & Agenda

Agenda and Overview

The 2017 Staff Day agenda features new activities and events that immerse staff in the vibrant WashU campus and community. Get to know campus and colleagues – this is your day to celebrate and enjoy WashU! Please note that select activities require advance registration. For a timeline of all Staff Day activities, please access the activities agenda

New! Staff Day Interactive map 
This year, you can navigate Staff Day using the university's new mobile-friendly, interactive map. View the map to locate activities and events on Staff Day.

Staff Day Service Awards

10 a.m., Edison Theatre
Danforth Staff Day Service Awards are presented to staff for consecutive years of service. Awards are made beginning with 10 years of continuous service and every five years thereafter. The Gloria S. White Distinguished Service Award will be awarded to a staff member for exceptional efforts and contributions to Washington University. Celebrate the work and achievements of Washington University staff.

New! This year, the Staff Day Service Awards will be available via livestream. Livestream watch party location TBD. You can also view the livestream online at


Staff Day Lunch*

11:30 a.m., Bowles Plaza
Lunch will be served in Bowles Plaza. Enjoy the meal with colleagues and listen to live music!

Bring your Staff Day ticket and present at lunch. Save your ticket for the raffle at 3:30 p.m.

RSVP to Staff Day Lunch by Wednesday, May 10.

New! Explore WashU – Past, Present and Future*

A look into the Future of WashU – East End Transformation
12:45 p.m., Olin School of Business, Bauer Hall, Frick Forum

Learn about the future of Washington University. The East End Transformation is setting the course for the next era of our university. This innovative project helps us continue to create a sense of community, an inclusive and welcoming environment, and a unique infrastructure for learning, working and visiting campus. Discover the future of the university through a presentation by JD Long, associate vice chancellor for facilities planning & management, and James Kolker, associate vice chancellor and university architect, an exhibit of the East End Transformation, as well as a selfie station! Celebrate WashU with your colleagues during this transformation.

Choose your journey through WashU, Tours from Past, Present to Future
1:30 p.m., Tours leave from Frick Forum following presentation
After the East End Transformation presentation, take a tour of the university from past to future. Discover the vibrant WashU campus through a new lens and learn more about where you work. All tours leave from the Frick Forum following the East End Transformation presentation. Choose from tours that focus on the history of the university; highlight the present campus; or look into the future.

History Tour with Jim Burmeister
Have you ever wondered about the history of the university and its many noteworthy buildings? Led by Jim Burmeister, this popular tour will take you to many points of interest around campus. The tour begins at 1:00 p.m. in the Brookings Hall archway. For questions, please contact Jim Burmeister at 935-5801 or via email at

Sustainability Tour with Phil Valko
The tour will begin with a brief overview of the East End project and then move to Hillman Hall. At Hillman the tour will examine the rooftop solar installation and other design features such as the sustainable landscape comprised of largely native species. During the walk other topics such as rain gardens, green roofs, and pervious pavers will be discussed. The tour will last approximately 40 minutes. 

WashU Scavenger Hunt
Go on a scavenger hunt through campus. Answer questions related to historical spots and highlighted locations at WashU. Get to know campus in an engaging way and win a prize!


Diversity and Inclusion, Working Together to Build an Inclusive University Community

New! Missouri History Museum Tour - #1 in Civil Rights - The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis
This exhibit examines the local civil rights movement and the city’s leading role in advancing the cause of racial justice. Join your colleagues and explore history. RSVP to the event.

New! Staff Day Movie – Film showing at Emerson Auditorium. Arrive at 12:45 p.m. Movie starts at 1 p.m. Film TBD.

Wellness Activities in the State-of-the-Art Sumers Recreation Center

New! This year, wellness activities will take place in the Sumers Recreation Center and Athletic Complex.

Open Gym, No membership necessary on Staff Day!
Work out in the fitness center, walk the elevated track and explore the Sumers Recreation Center! For activity details, please visit the Athletics website.

Yoga, 12:30 and 1:30 sessions*
Wellness Connection is pleased to partner with Sumers Recreation Center to offer two 50-minutes yoga classes during this year’s staff day event. Take some time for yourself and come together with colleagues to stretch, breathe, and get energized. Bring water, a mat or towel on which you can practice a variety of exercises, and dress comfortably. Don’t forget your employee ID badge to enter the facility.
Space is limited; please RSVP to either the 12:30pm or 1:30pm class in Sumers Recreation Center. 

Click here to RSVP to 12:30 session


Click here to RSVP to the 1:30 session.

Chair Massages 
Location: Lobby of the Athletic Complex
1 to 3 p.m.
Relax and enjoy a 6-minute massage of your upper back, shoulders and neck by a licensed Massage Envy therapist. Massages are available between 1:00-3:00pm on a first-come, first-serve basis in the lobby of the Athletic Complex. Participants will remain fully clothed and will need to complete a waiver prior to their appointment. A sign-up sheet will be available beginning at 12:30pm (after the Service Awards Ceremony) so employees may sign-up for an open time slot between 1:00-3:00pm, and should arrive 5 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment time. For questions, contact Don’t forget your employee ID badge to enter the facility.


Team sports and activities

Connect with colleagues. Join a team and have fun with fellow staff. 

Golf at the Forest Park Golf Course*
Forest Park Golf Course
11:30 a.m.
Sign up early - tee times are limited to the first 60 players! Note that reservation forms and fees must be sent in before May 8. Lunch will be available at the park clubhouse beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tee times start at 12:15 p.m. Green fees of $26 apply. For questions or additional information, please contact Beverly Owens at 935-6482 or or Debra McCombs at 935-6676 or

Golf Tournament Information and Registration Form (pdf)

Pickleball Tournament & Learn to Play Clinic*
Location: Tao Tennis Courts
1 to 3 p.m.
We are excited to provide this activity again to Staff Day where participants can choose 1 of 2 play formats with their registration.  Pickleball is currently one of the fastest growing sports in America.  It is an exciting paddle sport that combines elements of ping pong, tennis, and badminton.  It is easy to learn and fun for all ages plus there are no actual “pickles” involved!  If you are an experienced player, you will play in doubles style games for a medal in a tournament format.  If you are a new player, we will have a learning clinic to teach you the basics of the game.  Paddles and balls will be provided if you do not have one.  Tennis shoes and athletic wear are required.  Come out and see what it is all about.  You’ll have a “Dilly” of a time!  

Pre-registration required before May 12th. The first 25 registrants will receive a WashU Moves workout towel. For questions, contact Michael Chapin at 935-7470 or For more information on Pickleball please go to

Indoor Volleyball Tournament*
Location: Athletic Complex, Sumers Gym
1:15 p.m.
We are in the Athletic Complex playing on the new Sumers Gym courts. Sign up as a team or as individuals. Play is coed with a minimum team size of four players (maximum is up to you!). The games begin at 1:15 pm, come early for warm up play on courts. See flyer for format details and rules. For registration and questions, contact Jeff Herman at 935-5984 or or Donna Hall at 935-4650 or Deadline for sign up is Wednesday May 17th, call after that to see if there are openings for teams or individuals.


Location: Tao Tennis Center

Enjoy open play on the University's premier tennis courts. For additional information, please visit the Athletics website.

Softball Tournament*
Location: Women’s Softball Field

Put your own school or department team together and sign up to play in this tournament favorite! Single players are welcome to register individually; additional teams will be assembled accordingly. Advance registration is required. Opening pitch is at 1:00 p.m. For questions or additional information, please contact Brad King at 935-9262 or via email at

Group Run*
Location: Forest Park (meet at Francis Field)

Join your fellow Danforth staff for an easy 4 mile run around the Danforth campus. Event registration and additional information can be found at the following website:

WashU Walks
Location: Graham Chapel
1 p.m.
Join your colleagues for fun, exercise, and conversation! Meet in front of Graham Chapel at 1:00 p.m. Walkers may choose a two- or three-mile route:
The two-mile route goes down Oak Walk, through the Quad, down the Brookings Steps, and into Forest Park via the construction detour (Hoyt Drive to Forsyth to Skinker). The walking path heads north along Skinker and east along Lindell. At the intersection of Des Peres and Lindell, walkers will turn around and retrace their steps to Graham Chapel.

The three-mile route is the same as above but continues past Des Peres to the History Museum, where walkers will turn around and retrace their steps to Graham Chapel.
For questions, contact Melissa Ruwitch at 935-7139 or via email at or Amanda Hoylman at 935-7386 or Please bring your own water.

Bike Ride*
Location: Forest Park, Meet at the Bike rack on the South side of Hillman Hall (Forsyth)
1 p.m.
The ride will take approximately 40 minutes, leaving plenty of time for other afternoon activities, such as bingo or a museum tour. The bike ride will feature fun facts about Forest Park as well as an opportunity to win a set of bamboo cutlery by playing “bike ride poker” For questions, contact Cheryl Waites at 935-3883 or at  Please bring your own bike and water.



Interact with colleagues at one of the Staff Day games.


Location: Holmes Lounge
1:30 p.m.
Did you know? At a traveling carnival near Atlanta in 1929, Beano was being played with dried beans, a rubber stamp, and cardboard sheets. Edwin Lowe watched the game and took the idea with him to New York. His friends loved the game, and one player made history when he was so excited to have won that he yelled out "Bingo!" instead of "Beano!" First game begins at 1:30 p.m. 

For questions, contact Mary Stull at 935-5701 or or Kim Olivastro at 935-5759 or


Washers Tournament*
Location: Mudd Field
1 p.m.
Grab a coworker and sign up your two-person team for this popular tournament! To register, please contact Karen Rose at 935-5561 or via email at First toss is at 1:00 p.m and each team is guaranteed to play at least 2 games. 

New! Open Space for Games
Location: Bauer Hall, Frick Forum
BYOG - Bring your own games! Get a group of colleagues and play board games in the Frick Forum.


Enriching activities in the WashU community

The WashU campus community is full of cultural activities and enriching opportunities.

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum Tour
Location: Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. tours
Join us at 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. for a guided tour of the Museum's special exhibitions and renowned permanent collection, or drop in anytime for a self-guided tour!
The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum is located at the southeast corner of the campus at the intersection of Skinker and Forsyth. For current exhibition information, please visit the museum website at Admission is always free.

New! Self-guided Art on Campus Tour

The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum cell phone tour features artworks in and around the Museum and throughout Washington University's Danforth Campus as part of the Art on Campus program. Each 2-3 minute audio recording gives information about the artist’s practice and provides art historical context for the artwork.


To listen, dial 314.558.9580 followed by the corresponding extension number listed on the Art on Campus web page. Use the Danforth interactive campus map to navigate your tour - select the Art on Campus layer in the key.

Toastmasters Showcase Competition
Location: Umrath Lounge
1 to 3 p.m.
Enjoy a round of storytelling and speech craft performed by the WashU Toastmasters Clubs (and a few guest speakers). In talks that will make you laugh, make you think, and maybe even make you cry, you can be assured of one thing: you will be struck by the quality and diversity of what you will hear from your fellow employees. Six handpicked speeches given over the last year will be re-delivered on Staff Day in a forum open to the whole school. Click here for information. Judges will evaluate these speeches and one will be named Speech of the Year. The presenter will be awarded with the coveted Talk Soon Trophy, a crisp $100 bill, and surely a resounding round of applause. The Showcase will take place in Umrath Lounge at 1:00 p.m. and will conclude by 3:00 p.m.

For questions, contact Jennifer Huck at 935-8641 or via email at


West Campus Excursion
(All Day event)

Take the West Campus Shuttle and explore the many restaurants in Clayton, accessible from the West Campus Shuttle stop. Show your WashU ID at Colleen's Cookies and Kaldi's in Carondolet Plaza and receive a WashU discount. Kaldi's is offering tokens for free coffee for WashU employees. 


End of the Day Celebration and Raffle

3 p.m., Bauer Hall, Frick Forum
End the day with Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, a selfie with colleagues and the Staff Day Raffle. Raffle starts at 3:30 p.m.

Stay tuned for a complete list of exciting prizes!

Thanks to our Staff Day supporters.

Staff Day is a collaborative effort between Human Resources and the many university partners that make this event possible. The Staff Day Committee, Facilities Planning and Management, the Danforth Staff Council, the Office of the Chancellor, university leadership, Bon Appetit, Sumers Recreation Center, Edison Theatre, the Campus Bookstore, WashU IT, Public Affairs and all of our partners help contribute to a successful, engaging event to celebrate staff. A full list of supporters will be featured in the Staff Day program, website and guide. 


Activities Agenda 2017

Detailed agenda with map coming soon!

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