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Join us May 17-21, for a weeklong series of virtual events for staff to connect with each other, learn something new, and have fun. TGFS: Staff Appreciation Week will feature a mix of synchronous and asynchronous events for professional development, social networking, family-friendly activities and more! Contact Staff Assembly at if you have any questions.

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Learn more and register for the Drive-In Movie

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Ongoing Events

Talent Show

Submit an original video or photograph of your special talent to us by Wednesday, May 12! We will put it on display for the staff to vote upon during Thank Goodness for Staff, Monday, May 17- Friday, May 21. Prizes will be awarded to the person that receives the most votes in each category. View the Talent Show event page to learn more about the requirements and how to submit your talent. 

Talent show categories:

  • Art: photography, painting, drawing, writing, etc.
  • Culinary: Recipes, cooking demonstration
  • Movement: dance, sports tutorial
  • Music: sing, play an instrument, write music 

TGFS Scavenger Hunt

TGFS Scavenger Hunt! How many items on our list can you find? Find as many as you can from our list and win prizes! There is no pre-registration for this event. Tasks will be released daily via our Staff Voice e-newsletter and added to the TGFS website. Each item you find and submit on the scavenger hunt list will serve as an entry into a raffle for a pair of AirPods. Submissions can be collected and submitted once at the end of the week or daily. View the Scavenger Hunt page to view the daily tasks. 


All staff at the Davis campus are eligible to receive a giveaway from Staff Assembly as a token of our appreciation for everything you do to make UC Davis great. Staff will be able to pick from three options: a bamboo cutting board, embroidered ball cap, or a reusable food storage bag and straw. More details about the giveaways can be found here.

Giveaway Interest Form

Monday, May 17

Kick-Off Event | 4pm-5pm

Let’s get TGFS started! Staff from both the Davis and Sacramento campuses are invited come together to hear remarks from Chancellor May and a keynote address from Shola Richards. Shola’s keynote will be Unstoppable Resilience: The Keys to Staying Strong During Any Crisis. 

Tuesday, May 18

5 Clues to Your Talents | 1pm-2pm

Focusing our time and energy on what we excel in has been linked to increased productivity and engagement in the workplace. In this interactive workshop you will learn the five clues to talent, acquire tools to start conversations that focus on the positive, and see how a strengths-based approach can have a positive impact on individuals and teams. Imagine the possibilities if we could better articulate what we do best, and intentionally use those talents at work (every day!). The session will include use of breakout sessions within the online platform to allow for conversation and deeper learning. Participants should plan to attend with their video on, if possible

Full Body Pilates with Campus Recreation | 4pm-5pm

Join Campus Recreation for a full body Pilates class on Facebook Live. This is part of their Aggies-At-Home series. 

Wednesday, May 19

Latinx Staff and Faculty Association General Meeting | 12pm- 1pm 

Join the Latinx Staff and Faculty Association (LSFA) for their monthly general meeting. LSFA has invited poet Yosimar Reyes to join and share his work.

Yosimar Reyes is a nationally-acclaimed Poet and Public Speaker. Born in Guerrero, Mexico, and raised in Eastside San Jose, Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work. The Advocate named Reyes one of "13 LGBT Latinos Changing the World" and Remezcla included Reyes on their list of "10 Up And Coming Latinx Poets You Need To Know."

Rainbow’s Reign: Queer & Trans Mixer | 4pm-5pm 

All are welcome for trivia, conversation, and community focused on LGBTQ staff experiences. The Chancellor's Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual Issues (CCLGBTQIA) is hosting this event.  

Thursday, May 20

Mentorship and Networking Panel | 10am-11am

A conversation about various networking/mentoring programs panelists are involved with, programs that they find/found helpful, and especially, how these programs have helped them build and maintain their career at UC Davis. Meet the panelists!

  • Alina Bara, Academic Advisor, Undergraduate Academic Program (UAP)
  • Amy Burns, Sustainability Facilities Management
  • Bahiyyah Muwwakkil, Training Coordinator, Development and Alumni Relations
  • Delisha Gordon-Brown, Operations Manager, Dean’s Office, College of Biological Sciences
  • Mayra Llamas, Executive Director, the Community Resource Centers
  • Richard Ronquillo, Associate Director, Housing and Dining Services

Petting Zoo(m)! | 12pm-1pm

It is time to take a break and show off your furry, feathered, or scaly co-worker! Join Staff Assembly for our Petting Zoo(m). We want to meet everyone's at home companions during this family friendly event. Hop on Zoom and join us for this informal meet-up to celebrate Thank Goodness for Staff: Staff Appreciation Week

Friday, May 21

Thank Goodness for Teamsters | 12pm-1pm

Games, prizes, and Teamster bling for all CX and K3 unit members at UC Davis! Haven’t met our newest Skilled Trades brothers and sisters? Think you have the ugliest work shirt? Is your pet the best/worst Zoombomber but you love them anyway? We’ll have contests and prizes for you (and the winning pet)! All members will receive Teamster bling, just tell us what you want during registration. Oh yeah, we’re also raffling stuff you might to want like jackets, polos, and a pair of AirPods Pro. Register in advance.

Drawing Class with the Art Club | 3pm-4pm

Beginners instructor-led drawing of plants and flowers by the UC Davis Student Art Club. Open to artists and non-artists alike, and family-friendly.

Drive-In Movie | 8pm-10pm

Our final event for Thank Goodness for Staff is a special UC Davis Staff screening at the West Wind Drive-In! We will have two screens reserved for staff from the Davis campus. We will be showing The Goonies on one screen and The Lego Movie on the other screen. Registrants will need to follow special health and safety guidelines to participate in this event. More details about the event can be found here.

Learn more and register for the Drive-In Movie