Office of Human Resources Hosts Fourth Annual Family Picnic

by Rachel Pledger ’07

The West Campus lawn brimmed with food and festivities Thursday, June 1, 2006, when the Office of Human Resources hosted the fourth annual Family Picnic. The picnic provides an opportunity for APU faculty and staff and their families to enjoy an afternoon of fellowship and summer recreation together. This year, 350 guests joined the fun.

Complete with a dunk tank, an inflated slide, two bounce houses, a climbing wall, a petting zoo, and a snow cone machine, the atmosphere proved nothing short of carnivalesque. Hayden Jorgensen ’10 said, “I’m having a lot of fun.” He and his friends Connor McKeon and Kyle Buckner agreed that the slide was the best addition this year.

Vice President for Legal and Community Affairs Mark Dickerson, Vice President for Enrollment Management Deana Porterfield, and Executive Vice President John Reynolds each took a turn in the dunk tank. “The kids have an awesome arm and the water is really cold,” Reynolds said with a laugh.

After a blessing from Gary Pine ’84, MBA ’05, associate director of athletics and sports information director, guests enjoyed a meal of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, potato salad, chips, and cookies. In the next hour, Adam Shinnick, associate director of human resources and assistant running back coach for APU’s football team, announced the winner of the baking contest: Joy Hoffman, director of Multi-Ethnic Programs, took home the $25 gift certificate to the University Bookstore as grand prize.