Spring Fling activity registrations open; event policies assist participation

April 22, 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.

Events -- designed to show appreciation for the hard work of faculty and staff throughout the year -- are held in and around the Recreational Sports Center.

During the last week of March, employees received a mailing inviting them to Spring Fling. The mailing includes registration forms for events and an invitation that employees must bring to Spring Fling to enter drawings for door prizes.

Spring Fling organizers have planned the usual array of activities for faculty and staff to enjoy throughout the day.

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.

Traditional activities include the classic vehicle show, fitness walk, golf, bingo, and music. In addition, free play activities are available at the Rec Center throughout the afternoon.

Registration is due by 5 p.m. May 7 for the vehicle show, fitness walk and golf. For information, go to www.purdue.edu/springfling.

Other activities, which don't require advance registration, include stepping and tango dancing; yard games such as corn hole, ladder golf and horseshoes; and sand volleyball.

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.

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

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 May 20 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 May 20 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.

Carryout orders must be called in early

For staff members who are in restricted positions and are unable to make it to Spring Fling, there is a carryout lunch option.

The Meredith Hall kitchen will provide lunch for those needing carryout meals.

The meals will be available for quick, convenient pickup from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Orders must be placed in advance. Orders will be accepted May 10-14 at 49-47166. Orders must be received by 4 p.m. May 14. No walk-in orders will be accepted.

Watch for signs that will point those who are picking up lunches to the correct location at Meredith Hall.

Forward phone calls if out

A simple message can help the Telephone Office staff on May 20 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.