University of La Verne employees filled Sneaky Park on April 19 for their annual benefits fair.
Employees that are three-quarters time or more are offered benefits at ULV and were encouraged to attend the fair.
“The event is a good way for our employees to come out and meet our vendors,” said Melissa Rothmeyer, associate director of human resources. “It makes it a little easier for them to come out and get everything done all at once.”
A variety of vendors came to the event, including Blue Cross, Costco and 24 Hour Fitness.
This year’s event featured a ballgame theme, which many of the vendors participated in by dressing their tables in baseball decorations and wearing jerseys.
Employees were able to take pictures with a Babe Ruth cut out at the table of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a confidential program offered ULV emotional, financial and legal help, and a Blue Cross booth offered free blood pressure readings.
Every year, ULV Human Resources Department plans the event and considers such details as location, food and theme.
“I like when the vendors get into our theme,” said Frank Montalvo, chief human resources officer. “It just adds to the whole feeling we are trying to create.”
The ULV baseball team allowed human resources employees to borrow their jerseys for the event, and Montalvo sported an umpire uniform.
Special prizes and contests were also featured as an incentive for employees to come to the fair, such as word scrambles, door prizes, pitching contests and a grand prize Dodger tickets raffle.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Rothmeyer said. “The baseball theme is a good way for us to inspire team spirit.”
The ULV baseball team also made an appearance to autograph baseballs for the employees, while hot dogs and cracker jacks were served.
“I try to go to the fair every year and this year’s theme is great,” said Steve Kinzie, associate director of the Learning Enhancement Center and adjunct professor. “I love baseball.”
Megan Montalvo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.