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Faculty and Staff Resource Fair provides OHIO employees a wealth of information


More than 40 vendors offered Ohio University faculty and staff information, advice and free giveaways during the 2013 Faculty and Staff Resource Fair.

The event, held Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Baker Center Ballroom, gathered representatives from 44 organizations, businesses and University departments to staff tables as employees perused information. Attendees enjoyed refreshments and conversation as they wandered from booth to booth, each looking for something different.

"The flu shot and to get some free stuff," laughed Melissa Toretch, academic advisor and coordinator for special populations in University College, when asked what brought her to the event. Toretch says being an OHIO employee for nearly 15 years, she was familiar with most of the information at the fair. "It's definitely good to come and refresh your memory and see what's offered and available. If you're looking at changing your financial plans, there are lots of opportunities to do that and research it where when you first come in [as a new employee] it can be overwhelming."

New vendors to the event included:

  • Athena Cinema/College of Fine Arts
  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • OMNI (Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute)
  • OPERS (Ohio Public Employees Retirement System)
  • Ohio University Office of Annual Giving
  • Payroll
  • School of Music
  • Office of Sustainability

The Kroger Pharmacy administered flu vaccines to 410 employees and pneumonia vaccines to 101 individuals. Though the line stretched the width of the ballroom, employees say the wait was painless.

"I think it's pretty well put together. It's easy to get around. I got a flu shot, there was a long line but it moved pretty fast. I was probably only in line about 15 minutes," Dean Pidcock, director of professional experiences for the Russ College of Engineering and Technology said.

In addition to receiving, OHIO employees also took advantage of the fair as an opportunity to give – one and a half barrels of food were collected for the Athens County Food Pantry, according to Human Resources Services Manager Jenny Jordan.

"All in all, human resources was pleased with the turnout and we're excited to watch the growth from year to year," Jordan said.