Faculty, staff invited to Spring Fling on Thursday

May 17, 2010

Spring Fling, the annual appreciation event for faculty, staff, graduate student staff, and retirees, is set for 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday (May 20) in and around the Recreational Sports Center.

Lunch this year will feature a turkey or ham hoagie, chips, pretzels, carrots, trail mix, apples and ice cream. There will be a vegetarian option. Beverages will be water and soft drinks. Recycling containers will be situated around the Rec Center for disposing of beverage containers.

Lunch lines will open at 11:30 a.m. at the southeast entrance to the East Gymnasium.

Other Spring Fling activities include the classic vehicle show, fitness walk, golf, bingo, music, stepping and tango dancing, sand volleyball and yard games. In addition, free play activities are available at the Rec Center throughout the afternoon.

The Bloodmobile will be outside the Rec Center for those who would like to donate blood. To schedule an appointment to donate, go to www.donorpoint.org and select "Purdue Spring Fling blood mobile."  Tickets to the X-103 May Day concert on May 29 at Verizon Wireless Music Center will be given to the first 120 people who donate.

Also, Food Finders will again be accepting non-perishable items. All faculty and staff are encouraged to bring at least one non-perishable food item to Spring Fling. A list of needed items is available at the Spring Fling website.
To enter drawings for door prizes, employees must bring the Spring Fling mailing they received in March.

President France A. Córdova encourages deans, directors, department or office heads to use this occasion to show special appreciation to the support staff.

All staff can attend Spring Fling without loss of pay, vacation or personal holiday, according to University policy.

To facilitate Spring Fling attendance, Human Resource Services offers guidelines for scheduling:

* Attendance is covered in "worked regular" pay status for staff attending during normally scheduled work hours.

* Temporary staff can attend if work schedules permit, but not in pay status.

* Staff scheduled on the evening or night shifts and those not normally scheduled to work are invited to attend. Adjustments to work schedules normally are not made to cover these staff members in pay status.

* Staff are not expected to return to work if one hour or less remains in their work day.

* Staff on vacation or sick leave on Thursday should remain on such status for the day. Regular pay status is not applicable for such staff.

Staff also are reminded that Spring Fling is designed for Purdue employees and does not include families, friends or students who are not graduate staff.

Questions about these guidelines should be directed to Carrie Hanson in Human Resource Services at 49-47397.

Forward phone calls if out

A simple message can help the Telephone Office staff on Thursday during Spring Fling.

Those who attend Spring Fling should remember to forward their phone calls to voice mail or to those who are providing phone coverage. That easy step can prevent an excess of phone calls to University operators on the day of Spring Fling.