On Friday, March 4, 2016, the campus community is encouraged to take part in the official launch of Cougar Spirit Day, a special celebration held the first Friday of every month for faculty and staff to show their school spirit by wearing College colors and attire.
Spirit Day is the brainchild of the Staff Advisory Committee to President Glenn McConnell ‘69.
“We are thrilled President McConnell supports our idea,” says Karen Hauschild, committee chair and director of academic advising. “This is a fun and creative way for employees to show their College spirit, develop community, and gives us all something to look forward to each month.”
A soft launch of Spirit Day was held on Feb. 5, 2016, and, judging from the response around campus, the official launch promises to be a success.
Don’t have anything to wear for Spirit Day? The College Bookstore has you covered. The bookstore will offer faculty and staff an additional discount on College apparel on Cougar Spirit Days, increasing the usual 10 percent discount for faculty and staff to 20 percent.
For College departments whose employees wear uniforms, such as Physical Plant, Grounds and Public Safety, special Spirit Day buttons have been distributed to staff in those areas. In fact, demand for the buttons was so high that the initial supply ran out, says Hauschild, noting that an announcement will be made via e-mail and Yammer when more buttons become available.
The campus office with the best participation on Spirit Day will receive bragging rights as the most spirited office at the College. To participate in this friendly contest, take a photo of your office’s employees decked out in their Cougar gear and post it to Twitter and Instagram using #CougarSpirit. The Staff Advisory Committee to the President will select and announce a winner.