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Danforth Staff Day and Service Awards 
Monday, May 22, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Enjoy the vibrant WashU community on Staff Day. Celebrate staff achievements, connect with colleagues, meet someone new and engage in WashU in a fun way.

As the academic year comes to a close, WashU awards the next chapter of graduates and celebrates their achievements. This is also a time to celebrate employees who dedicate their time and effort to helping the university achieve success. Attend the awards and activities that honor you for your contributions. Wear your WashU gear or university colors to show your spirit on Staff Day!

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! A complete schedule of activities with locations and registration details is available on the Staff Day website.

View the full agenda and register for activities

New! Staff Day Interactive map

This year, you can navigate Staff Day using the university's new mobile-friendly, interactive map. 
Search activities and find events of interest. View the Staff Day map.

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 Staff Day Service Awards Watch Party in Graham Chapel. View online at



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.


Staff Day is “Going Green” for the fifth year! Look for waste stations at the event, where volunteers will help you sort your leftovers. Want to be a part of the effort? Learn more


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.

1:30 p.m. – Choose your journey through WashU, Tours from Past, Present to Future
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. 
  • 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!

RSVP to the Explore WashU event.


Diversity and Inclusion

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. More details on transportation coming soon. RSVP to the event.

New! Feature film in Emerson Auditorium, Bauer Hall.
Hidden Figures starts at 1 p.m. Arrive at 12:45 p.m. 

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!

Yoga - two sessions available!

Chair Massages - located in the lobby of the Athletic Complex


Team sports and activities

Connect with colleagues. Join a team and have fun with fellow staff.
Golf at the Forest Park Golf Course

Pickleball Tournament & Learn to Play Clinic



Softball Tournament

Group Run

WashU Walks

Bike Ride


Interact with colleagues at one of the Staff Day games.


Washers Tournament

New! Open Space for games at Frick Forum, BYOG - Bring your own games!



Enriching activities in the WashU community

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

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum Tour

New! Self-guided Art on Campus Tour

Toastmasters Showcase Competition

New! West Campus Shuttle Excursion


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!



Share your Staff Day experience via Twitter and Instagram.



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, Sustainability, 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. 


For complete details on Staff Day
and to register for activities, visit