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   Date: 6/27/12 Bookmark and Share

Take a Couple Hours Off for Smith Employees Picnic

It’s the perfect excuse to get out of the office or leave your job behind for a couple hours in the middle of the week.

View a gallery of scenes from the Employees Picnic 2011.

On Wednesday, July 11, all Smith staff and faculty are invited to eat delicious food, schmooze with fellow employees, move to the music and take part in some games at this year’s All-Employee Picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Chapin Lawn. To make it easy to attend, department offices will close that day from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to allow staff to attend. (In case of rain, the event will still take place in the Campus Center.)

Picture a summer picnic with a spread of deli sandwiches with all the fixings, an assortment of salads, plus side dishes and beverages, all supplied by Smith dining services. To top it off, Mapleline Ice Cream, a huge hit at last year's picnic, will be back for a delicious dessert.

Don’t bother packing lunch on July 11—fill yourself at the All-Employee Picnic instead.

Tickets will not be issued for this event so no RSVP is required; just show up with a good appetite. (View a pdf flyer about the event.)

As in years past, the All-Employee Picnic provides an opportunity to support a local nonprofit agency that helps people in need. This year, picnic coordinators will collect travel-size toiletries (e.g. shampoo, toothpaste, soap) and other items (see a full listed of suggested items to donate) for the residents of Jessie's House. Located in Amherst, Jessie’s House is Hampshire County’s only shelter offering emergency housing for families. Among its services, Jessie’s House guides homeless families toward a future of hope, good health, and a safe place to call home, and helps them develop the skills needed to establish sustainable self-sufficiency.

Would you like to be more involved with the All-Employee Picnic? Volunteers are needed for tasks such as: "directing traffic," food/beverage distribution, helping collect donations and other important jobs. The schedule will be divided into four 30-minute shifts. To offer your help, contact Kathy San Antonio,, ext. 2162.

See you there!

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