FunFest 2019

The Annual Wooster Campus FunFest took place on Wednesday, August 14. Over 220 attended the event at the Secrest Welcome Center, where we had lots of food, games, and prizes! Hartzler’s ice cream truck returned to campus and accepted staff appreciation tokens, while Grill masters from the Facilities department cooked our burgers and hot dogs provided by the Department of Animal Sciences (thanks to you both!) We were able to collect over 3 full boxes of shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and other items for OneEighty, in addition to donating two boxes of buns and four large pans of hamburgers and hotdogs to the Salvation Army.

This year, we also held our first ever hot dog eating contest. Quite frankly, we relished the opportunity to watch these challengers compete. Towards the end, it was clear that nobody would ketchup to the wiener… Congratulations to our first ever champion, Mike Franks, who won by eating 8 hotdogs! Jason Veil came in second, followed by Mike Jeffers, and Dave Lohnes. Thank you all for your competitive spirit and enthusiasm!

Staff Appreciation Day 2019

Staff Appreciation Week  took place July 22-26, 2019. We hosted our Ice Cream Appreciation event on Wednesday and also had two food trucks come to campus. The event was so well attended that Hartzler’s ran out of ice cream! Once again, thank you to our staff for all that you do.

10th Annual Chili Cook-Off

The 10th Annual Chili Cook-Off was held on March 8th and was a great success with 12 chili participants and 130 attendees.  Special thanks to the volunteers who helped the event run so smoothly.  Congratulations to all winners: Kelly Eltzweiler (1st Place Red). Sara Mays (2nd Place Red), Jennifer Harrison (1st Place Other), and Pat Boley (2nd Place Other).  Also, Elizabeth Hilterbrand won the OSU-themed raffle basket!

Recap 2019 Staff Council Annual Meeting

On Monday, January 14 Wooster Campus Staff Council (WCSC) hosted its Annual Meeting. The event began with the 2018 Council Chair, Penny Nemitz, and Vice-Chair, Kayla Arnold, presenting a recap of our activities in 2018. Some highlights include the 9th Annual Chili Cook-Off which was attended by almost 150 staff, printing and distribution of WCSC informational pamphlets, a survey of Wooster Campus staff to gain insight into new activities, and our first after hours event at Troutman Vineyards.

Next, Kayla shared updates from CFAES Staff Advisory Council ( CFAES SAC), including that there were 13 staff awards given out in 2018, 3 professional development seminars for staff via Zoom, and ice cream treats provided for staff appreciation. Also, you may recall that CFAES SAC handed out branded water bottles as the staff gift in 2018. Following this, Chrissy Sprouse and Andrew Jordan presented information about the University Staff Advisory Council (USAC). This council consist of 30 members representing employees across the University. They are currently recruiting new members and anyone interested is encouraged to see more information on their website:

The Council also hosted guest speakers Fred Michel and Cathy Herms who presented updates from the Sustainability Committee and recycling program on campus. Closing the event was Jason Veil, Curator of the Secrest Arboretum, who talked about recent changes to their facilities (such as the new welcome center) and an upcoming project to get all of the plants in the Arboretum cataloged online for visitors to view. He also shared some historical photos of the Arboretum, showing some before and after photos since the 2010 tornado.

Our next event will be the 10th Annual Chili Cook-Off; stay tuned for more details!