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Busch Gardens Employee Appreciation Day

In appreciation of all of the hard work that faculty and staff do throughout the year, the University is pleased to invite employees and their families to join us for Busch Gardens Employee Appreciation Day on Friday, August 2, 2019. Full-time and part-time regular staff, retirees, floaters, full-time faculty, and their eligible dependents (spouses, domestic partners, and children age 22 and under) or a guest are invited. Should a married couple both be University employees, extra guest tickets are not issued to the family.

Ticket pick-up will take place Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Alice Haynes Room.

Please note that tickets are intended for eligible employees and dependents only; selling or dispersing of these tickets is prohibited. If you request tickets and find that you are not able to attend, please contact Sarah Busching at to return your tickets.

Busch Gardens Day will take place rain or shine.


University Closing

The University will close at 12:00 p.m. on August 2. Please note the following in regards to leave:

  • If you have already requested a vacation day for August 2, you only need to take vacation for scheduled work time before noon.
  • If you are approved for sick leave on August 2, you only need to take sick leave for scheduled work time before noon.
  • If you choose not to go to Busch Gardens, you may take the afternoon off without using any vacation time; however, the allotted time off must be between 12 p.m. and the end of your regularly scheduled shift.


Parking is included with admission tickets.


Bus transportation will be available at no charge. The bus will leave promptly at 12:15 p.m. from the Robins Center Parking lot, B6. If you are planning to ride the bus, please contact Brandy Martin at 804-484-1639 or as soon as possible.

Special Meals

If you would like to request a vegetarian meal, please contact Sarah Busching at or 804-287-1829 as soon as possible.