Staff Fest 2022

Staff Fest is an annual recognition event to say thank you to Emory University employees for their hard work throughout the academic year. It is always held the Friday after Commencement.

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The 44th Annual Staff Fest is back on the Quad!

Friday, May 13 from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm


Staff Fest is for current Emory University staff, faculty and retirees only. We are unable to accommodate family members or non-University employees.


Staff Fest provides a free, full lunch catered by Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q (including a vegan option). Serving starts at 11:30 and lunch will be served while quantities last. Menu includes:

  • Entrees: pulled chicken, beef brisket, or a veggie option (black bean burger)
  • Side Dishes: baked beans, potato salad, cheese biscuits
  • Desserts: lemon pie bars, chocolate brownies, chocolate toffee cookies
  • Fruit: apples, bananas, and oranges
  • Variety of Coke products, donated by Coca-Cola.

There will also be ice cream and popcorn throughout the Quad.


President Fenves will welcome the crowd at noon.

In addition to the Fun Run/Fun Walk, Volleyball Tournament and Chalk the Walk (see details below), Staff Fest will include:

  • DJ and dancing
  • Rock wall
  • Inflatable football throw
  • Basketball hoop
  • Cornhole
  • Giant Jenga, Checkers and Connect Four
  • A roaming photo booth (new)
  • Hand-drawn caricatures

8:00 am - Chalk the Walk teams can begin

10:30 am - Fun Run/Walk Starts 

10:30 am - Volleyball Tournament Starts 

11:05 am - Fun Run/Walk age group winners medal ceremony and raffle winners 

11:30 am - Event starts -- Food Line Opens 

11:30 am - Music/Dancing/Games/Fun!

12:00-12:05 pm - President Fenves Remarks 

12:00 pm - Chalk the Walk ends/Voting opens

12:05-12:15 - Zumba #1

 12:15-12:25 pm - DJ plays music

12:25-12:45 pm - Emory Pride Employee Network (EPEN) Dance Party

12:45-12:55 pm - Zumba #2

1:00-1:20 pm - Emory Black Employee Network (EBEN) Dance Party

1:20-1:30 pm - Chalk the Walk winner announced

1:30-2:00 pm - DJ plays music

TBD - Volleyball medal ceremony 


“Chalk the Walk” on the Quad, new for 2022!

Register teams of 2-4 colleagues to compete together in the first Staff Fest Chalk the Walk contest. This activity is about spreading joy, optimism and inspiration through the magical power of sidewalk chalk.

The team who best demonstrates the Staff Fest theme “TEAM EMORY - TOGETHER AGAIN”, as voted on by Staff Fest attendees, will be crowned the 2022 winner.

Contest is open to 18 teams and no more than two teams per school/division. Artists can begin at 8 am.

View full details and contest rules.

Only team captains need to register their teams.

Questions? Contact Kelly Garner Shannon,

Register for Chalk the Walk

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Fun Run/Fun Walk

Celebrate Staff Fest this year with the Fun Run/Walk event! As is tradition, this event is open to all Emory employees and will kick off the day's events. Whether you want to run, walk, or do a little of both, this event is for you. New this year—create a team and bring your co-workers along for the fun!

Prizes: All run/walk participants have an opportunity to win great prizes including $50 CVS gift cards, Kevin Hart tickets, gift baskets, and more!

Location: Starting at Asbury Circle and ending on the Quad!

Time: Check-in by 9:45 am, race begins at 10:30 am.

View the route map.

Learn more and register on the run/walk website.

Questions? Contact Courtney Britton Jackson,

Register for the Run/Walk


Volleyball Tournament


Can your team win the gold? Put together your team, select a captain and register for the Volleyball Tournament! Only Team Captains can register their teams. Tourney can accommodate up to 16 teams, on two courts. Maximum of 10 players per team. 

Location: On the Quad.

Time: Refereed games will occur between 10:30 am-2:00 pm.

Only team captains should sign up for their team. One registration per team.

Questions? Contact Anthony Woods,

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Staff Fest partners with the Emory Office of Sustainability Initiatives to make this event as sustainable as possible.

All attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their own water bottle to this event to limit the number of plastic water bottles distributed.

A big thank you to our sponsors!

The following companies have helped sponsor Staff Fest with generous donations or giveaway prizes:

  • Coca-Cola
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Health Fitness (Blomeyer)
  • Sharecare
  • CVS Health

And a shout out to all of our volunteers!

We couldn't do it without you!