2014 Thank Goodness for Staff Celebration!

34th Annual Picnic
Wednesday May 7, 2014

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  |  Russell Field

The TGFS website  is up and running. This is your one-stop shop for departmental lunch tickets; online registration for the Vendor Showcase (register before April 14);  ordering merchandise and Gunrock Bingo tickets; and information about signing up for the talent show, and TGFS sporting events. Information about parking and transportation options for the event is coming soon.

Thank Goodness for Staff is a springtime celebration organized by UC Davis Staff Assembly in honor of all UC Davis staff members.

The signature event is the Annual Thank Goodness for Staff (TGFS) picnic and celebration which is attended by over 5,000 UC Davis staff members. This is our 34th year celebrating the hard work and contributions of UC Davis staff and we invite you to join in the fun.

This year TGFS will feature several exciting contests including Gunrock Bingo, the Guess the Weight photo contest and the TGFS 2015 Logo contest. In addition to delicious food served by Hannibal’s, staff will be treated to relaxing chair massages, quirky photo ops in our photo booths, free climbing on Rocknasium’s climbing wall, waxing from European Wax Center, and relaxing massages from Massage Envy. The vendor show will feature more than 50 local businesses and campus departments offering information, deals, and free drawings for fantastic prizes. Best of all, it’s all free. Isn’t it great to be UC Davis staff!

During the weeks preceding the picnic, staff are encouraged to participate in many recreation activities including bowling, volleyball, golf and a fun run/walk – all organized by TGFS partner Campus Recreation and Unions.

On May 21, staff will also be celebrated and honored at the Citations for Excellence and Staff & Staff Dependent Scholarship award ceremony held at Gunrock Pub.

A couple things to note about the TGFS event:

  • Tickets are for meals only. Staff are welcome to attend the event without a meal ticket.
  • TGFS is for staff only and not intended for the families and friends of staff.
  • Animals are not allowed at TGFS, except in the case of service animals.   

What to bring to TGFS:

  • A great attitude
  • Your meal ticket
  • Sunblock – because we’ve ordered up sunshine
  • A folding chair, blankets, or something comfortable to relax on
  • Pop-up tent or beach umbrella  to share shade (ensure you have the equipment to properly stake/anchor your shade)
  • Reusable mug for refreshments
  • Reusable bag for vendor giveaways

Vendor Showcase 2014

2014 Planning Committee

Email the Planning Committee

Staff Assembly Chair

Lina Layiktez

TGFS Co-Chairs

Christy Pearce

Angie Albrecht

Staff Assembly Coordinator

Grant Nejedlo

Budget Coordinators

Russ Marsh / Lisa Cruz

Site Plan Coordinator

Nanci Francesconi

Sports Coordinator

Erica Brown

Entertainment Coordinator / Emcee

Ericka Davis

Vendor Coordinator

Traci Chriss

TGFS Committee Members

Angie Eakin

Pam Nardinelli

Samantha Novan

Sherri Smith

2014 TGFS Menu

Hanibal's Catering & Events has been chosen to cater Thank Goodness for Staff 2014. Check out the MENU - it's a hot lunch and you're in for a treat!

2015 TGFS Logo Contest

Staff Assembly invites all staff to submit an original piece of artwork for consideration as part of our 2015 TGFS Logo Design Contest. Complete rules and design specifications are included HERE.

Any staff member is eligible to cast their vote for their favorite submission at the 2014 TGFS event. The winning designer will be recognized for their entry in an edition of the Staff Voice e-newsletter and will receive a complimentary t-shirt and button featuring their winning logo design! 

We look forward to your submission!

2014 Winning Logo

TGFS Logo 2014

Congratulations to Tawny LaBarbera from IT Services who won our 2013 Logo Contest. Tawny's winning logo design will be printed on all TGFS 2014 t-shirts and publications. Tawny also won a $50 Visa gift card.

TGFS Fun Run / Walk Info

TGFS 2014 Fun Run / Walk Information Sheet

Register online through the Campus Recreation and Unions site. Scroll down to the events section for the TGFS Fun Run / Walk item.

Tennis Tourney Info

TGFS Tennis Registration and Event Information

TGFS Golf Tourney Info

TGFS 2014 Golf Tourney Registration Sheet

Guess the Weight 2014

Visit the Guess the Weight booth at the TGFS Vendor Showcase to submit your best guess for the total combined weight of the fire truck, Gunrock and UC Davis staff in this photo. There's no cost to enter and the individual with the guess closest to the actual weight wins their choice of:

  • 3 day / 2 night stay in Anaheim or San Diego and
  • 2 adult, 1-day tickets to Disneyland or Sea World

Staff Assembly would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who threw their weight behind this photo, including:

Gunrock Bingo Winner 2013

Gunrock Bingo

Congratulations to Brenda Holsey from Student Housing who won the 2013 Gunrock Bingo contest! Brenda won a trip for two including hotel to Disneyland or Sea World.

2014 Merchandise

Order any of the merchandise and tickets below through the Conference and Events Services website.

Talent Show

We’ll provide the stage, microphone, and long hook (if needed), and you provide the talent! If you’re willing to share your entertaining and audience-appropriate talent, email TGFS entertainment coordinator, Ericka Davis, a couple sentences about how you plan to entertain your fellow staff members. Break a leg!

Also, if you know of a shy staff member who has a hidden talent, please let us know. Maybe we can help encourage them to participate. This is a celebration aimed at creating a FUN atmosphere for all staff and we’re excited to provide you the spotlight.

Supplemental content

A big Thank You to the vendors who supported this event in 2013!

TGFS Vendors at the Picnic

Anthem Blue Cross
Bankers Lending Group
Best Western Plus
California Casualty
Cartridge World
Farmers Insurance
FRD Marketing
Kaiser Permanente
Liberty Mutual
Royal Guest Hotels
Safe Credit Union
Springlake Dental
Verengo Solar
The Walking Company

Campus Organizations:

Cal Aggie Alumni Association
California Center for Urban Horticulture
Campus Unions Event Equipment Rentals 
STA Travel - Associated Students of UC Davis (ASUCD)      
UC Davis Arboretum 
UC Davis Athletics 
UC Davis Bargain Barn
UC Davis Campus Recreation and Unions
UC Davis Conference and Event Services
UC Davis Development and Alumni Relations
UC Davis Dinning Services and Farmers Market
UC Davis Distribution Services 
UC Davis Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
UC Davis Fire Department  
UC Davis Furniture Program 
UC Davis Genome Center
UC Davis Grounds and Landscape Services
UC Davis Mondavi Center 
UC Davis Mouse Biology
UC Davis Olive Center
UC Davis Repro Graphics 
UC Davis Retiree Center   
UC Davis Safety Services
UC Davis Staff Development and Professional Services/WorkLife and Wellness
UC Davis Stores
UC Davis Transportation and Parking Services   
UC Davis Utilities
UC Davis Veterinary Blood Bank 
UC Davis West Village: The Ramble Viridian Apartments
USDA, ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center