Staff Fest 2021

Emory's 43rd Annual Staff Fest invited university staff to kick back and have some fun with their colleagues (virtually) on Friday, May 21, from 1:00-3:00 pm.

Emory's Favorite Pet Contest

Cipro - Emory's favorite pet
The pet contest was a Staff Fest favorite this year! We received over 120 "favorite pet" submissions and it was incredibly difficult to narrow the contest to just 16 pets!

Throughout the week of Staff Fest, staff members voted on the sweet sixteen bracket. 2,592 votes were cast, narrowing the contest to two finalists:

  • Cipro (owner: Natasha Hopkins, Campus Life)
  • Ollie (owner: Lou Ocasio, Office of the Registrar)

Pet owners, Natasha and Lou were featured live at the Staff Fest Variety Show along with their adorable pets. Participants voted live to crown Emory's Favorite Pet, which went to Cipro! Congratulations Cipro!

You can view our quick video of all the pets that were submitted.

View Video

Emory's Aspiring Talent Competition

Thanks to all who submitted a talent for a chance to be highlighted at this year’s Staff Fest and to be crowned Emory’s Aspiring Talent!

The Employee Council Executive narrowed the submissions to the top three performances:

  • John Patrick, Goizueta Business School
  • Maggie Mataczynski, School of Medicine
  • Lizzy Clements, Emory College

The top three videos were shown live at Staff Fest and participants voted live to crown the winner.

And the winner is...Lizzy Clements from Emory College's Department of Theater Studies for her incredible and truly original "Pandemic Playlist," a mash-up of 17 of the biggest hits from March 2020-April 2021. She says, "Music is one good thing that has come from the pandemic. We've gotten so many great hits this year and I wanted to put them together."

Lizzy Clements

Thank you Lizzy, for sharing your amazing talent with us!

View Lizzy's Pandemic Playlist Video

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The Variety Show not only featured several fun, interactive games, we also had breakout sessions in these areas:

  • Mindfulness
  • Cooking Demo (recipes below)
  • Zumba
  • Mobility Exercise Class

Cooking Demo Recipes

Prizes! Prizes! Prizes!

Staff Fest 2021 gave away lots of prizes!

View Staff Fest Prize Winners