Recipe contests, trivia challenges, demos, mixers, a marketplace. All of this and more make up the list of virtual events taking place throughout the month as part of the first annual StaffMAYNIA to celebrate UCSB staff.
The all-virtual festival replaces the in-person staff celebration week that has long been a springtime staple on campus.
“This first MAYNIA, we are hosting 19 events with our colleagues in mind,” said Jane Gama, HR-based employee engagement specialist. “You will find events for the curious, the competitive, the creative, the gregarious, the cultural, the gamers, the networkers, the knowledge seekers and those who want to engage remotely by registering for designs and contests. . You name it – we have it.
Gama designed and created the festival with a “super group” of staff representatives from across campus. The collective of 26 staff “wanted to uplift and celebrate as individual groups while doing the same for our colleagues on campus,” Gama said.
“It was important for ‘The Supers’ to create an event where our colleagues could engage on their own terms,” she added. “In an instant, this idea went from a one-off event to a collection of events organized by groups of employees. We all knew that if there was a year where we all needed to come together, collaborate and celebrate, it would be this year. “
The fun and games include everything from bingo games and origami tutorials to a Toastmasters presentation, drawing and photo contests, and an online sale of staff-made products. It kicks off on Wednesday May 5 with a salsa recipe sharing.
“Really, what excites me the most about this celebration is the beautiful example of unity, diversity and collaboration created during what can be described as the most difficult time of our career and, for some of our life, ”Gama said.
All events are offered Tuesday through Friday with time slots at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. https://shoreline.ucsb.edu/events_list.