THE DOWNLOAD: Campus Says Thank-You to Staff

Chancellor Gary S. May falls into a dunk tank.
<strong>Chancellor Gary S. May volunteered to perch above the dunk tank at TGFS &mdash; and cooled off as a result. (Karin Higgins/UC Davis)</strong>

Chancellor Gary S. May helped thank the people who keep UC Davis running by stepping into the line of fire: a dunk tank at Thank Goodness for Staff, the annual staff-appreciation picnic held Wednesday (May 8) on Russell Field and organized by Staff Assembly.

A couple staff members with good aim sent May into the water, and he had a lighthearted message for them afterward.

“I got wet,” May said in a video posted to Twitter during the event. “That means everyone who dunked me is fired.”

There was plenty for the thousands of staff in attendance to do. Here’s how some of their experiences were shared across social media:

Food galore

People line up for food trucks.
Fifteen food trucks were available for hungry staffers. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

Games aplenty

An illustrator draws a caricature of a staff member.
Staff members could see their likeness reflected on the pages of multiple artists. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

Made possible by volunteers

Volunteers pose for a photo
Thank Goodness For Staff volunteers take a break from setting up to pose for a photo.

Staff Assembly shared this retrospective on Facebook after the event:

“Thanks to everyone who came out to Thank Goodness For Staff 2019 earlier this week. We hope you had a blast!

“Extra special appreciation to those who volunteered to support the day and night programs... Here's a photo of volunteers who helped set up Russell Field prior to the start of TGFS. You all are the BEST!”

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