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   from the issue of March 22, 2007

Employees hit Union links


After missing out a year ago, Linda Blunt could hardly wait to putter around at work.

IT'S IN THERE - Linda Blunt watches a putt roll into the bucket on hole six of the 2007 Nebraska Union...
IT'S IN THERE - Linda Blunt watches a putt roll into the bucket on hole six of the 2007 Nebraska Union Open, held March 15. The hole was designed by and inside the Office of Student Involvement. Looking on are (from left) Barb Warner, a co-owner of Sbarro, and John Gross, a painter with the Nebraska Union. Photo by Troy Fedderson/University Communications.

Blunt, a food technician with the Nebraska Union Bakery, joined 51 other Union employees in the second annual Nebraska Union Open, an 18-hole miniature golf tournament, held March 15.

"Everyone talked about how much fun this was last year, and I didn't want to miss it this time around," Blunt said. "This tournament is a great opportunity for us to have a little bit of fun while getting to know each other better."

The tournament sprang from the minds of Larry Routh, director of Career Services, and Mike Leopold, assistant director for operations in the Nebraska Union.

"I bought an executive putter, one of those that you can break down for travel and put back together, at a garage sale and brought it into work a year ago," Leopold said. "I was showing it to Larry and he started talking about this miniature golf tournament they have in Des Moines, Iowa.

"The more we talked about it, the more we thought we should hold our own tournament here."

Union officials and employees embraced the plan.

"We've had a great response both years," Leopold said. "The tournament is a lot of fun. But, it's also about workers in the Union meeting and getting to know each other."

To further that goal, Leopold said tourney participants are purposely paired with individuals from different parts of the Union.

Aaron Meints, an accounting clerk with Student Organization Financial Services, has played both years and savored the opportunity to meet fellow Union workers.

"On a regular work day, I'm stuck in my cubicle," Meints said. "But, when I play in this tournament, I get know the people that I would usually just pass by in the hallways. It helps create a greater sense of unity."

Union offices and a handful of sponsors design the holes - the majority of which were on second floor. And, from prizes donated by sponsors, each golfer received a bag of treats and toys; top individuals, teams and the golfer with the worst score earned prizes; and a raffle was held.

Jim "Tiger" Brox, a SOFS employee, carded eight holes in one en route to the low male score of 38. He also helped cup the low team score of 136 strokes with Amy Stewart of the Nebraska Union Administrative Offices, and Jessie Matthes of the ASUN office.

The low female score of 47 went to Amy Krable of the Wells Fargo branch in the Union.



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