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Staff Appreciation Event is a Home Run

Staff Appreciation Event is a Home Run

Bethel staff cheered on the Saints at the team’s new CHS field. (Photo credit: Brian Metcalf)

More than 200 Bethel University staff members spent a sunny afternoon cheering on the St. Paul Saints baseball team, eating ballpark food, and connecting with co-workers at the 2015 Staff Appreciation Event on June 24. While the Saints lost 4-2 to the Sioux City Explorers, there was plenty to cheer about, including the team’s brand new ballpark, trademark mid-inning promotions, and pig mascot complete with a tutu.

The event was intended to thank staff members for their hard work and dedication, and give them a chance to spend time with co-workers in a relaxed setting away from campus. “It was great to get out of the office and enjoy the sunshine while visiting with my Bethel colleagues,” says Cheryl Brunkow, a graphic designer in the Office of Marketing. “Added bonus? Got to see a pig in a tutu—now there’s something you don’t see in the office! Usually.”

The St. Paul Saints are the premiere franchise in independent professional baseball’s Northern League, garnering national attention and averaging crowds of 7,700 in their first season of play at the new CHS Field in St. Paul’s Lowertown. The team owns the best record in franchise history and currently sits atop the American Association standings.