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Office Olympics: Olympic Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

All competitions (except for Monday, August 2) take place from noon until 1 p.m. ES

Monday, August 2 Alternative logo of the 2021 Office Olympics

Opening Ceremonies

  • Time: 11:30 a.m. (EST)
  • Location: 1st floor Garden Room, University Library
  • Master of Ceremonies: Thomas B. Mahon III, Manager of Information Technology
  • Streamed footage
    • YouTube (recorded by the Kent State Student Multimedia Studio)

Join us as we light the torch and kick off the 7th Office Olympiad of the Modern Era

EVENT: Tokyo Diskus Throw あきらめないで

  • Time: Immediately following the Opening Ceremonies
  • Location: Outside, on Manchester Field
  • Officiated by: Cindy Kristof, Mindy Farmer & Lori Boes

An Office Olympics tradition; the athlete with the longest throw wins.

Diskus Throw Results:
  • GOLD: Michael Hawkins (Map Library) - 81'
  • SILVER: Nick Fagan (Architecture Library) - 72'5"
  • BRONZE: Kelly Riley (Serials) - 70'7"

Tuesday, August 3

ALL EVENTS TAKE PLACE FROM NOON AND 1 P.M. EST

EVENT: Toss Your Cookies (A.K.A. "Toss Your Mochi") お腹がペコペコ, Day 1

  • Location: Basement Hallway, University Library
  • Officiated by: Communications Office

We’re sure that many Olympians have been very nervous and lost their cookies before an Olympic event, so the name of the event is "Toss Your Cookies"! Contestants will throw up their cookies to win points and perhaps become the Olympian to win the gold! (Plenty of mops and clean-up supplies will be available for those who may lose their cookies!)

EVENT: Diving at Pearl Island マーメイド 飛沫

  • Location: Outside the University Library, adjacent to the Garden Room
  • Officiated by: Tammy Voelker and Anita Slack

Divers will stand on a step ladder above the Mikimoto Pearl Island cove and drop paperclips, trying to hit the target below which is segmented into different areas/point values. Each diver will drop 6 paper clips and their total score will be recorded by the judges. In the event of a tie, divers may be called back for a dive off. Top three scores will medal.

Paperclip Diving results:
  • GOLD: Pam Lemmons (Deans Office) - 125 points
  • SILVER: TIE: Steph Gaskins (Reserves) and Nan Garrison (volunteer with Technical Services) - 115 points
  • BRONZE- Mary Lovin (Communications Office) - 75 points

Wednesday, August 4

ALL EVENTS TAKE PLACE FROM NOON AND 1 P.M. EST

EVENT: Toss Your Cookies (A.K.A. "Toss Your Mochi") お腹がペコペコ, Day 2

  • Location: Basement Hallway, University Library
  • Officiated by: Communications Office
Toss Your Cookies Results:
  • GOLD: Mary Lovin (Communications Office)
  • SILVER: Pam Lemmons (Dean's Office)
  • BRONZE: Donna Craver (UFM)

EVENT: Yumenoshima Park Archery けがをしないでください

  • Location: 1st floor Marovitz Gallery seating area, University Library
  • Officiated by: Cindy Kristof and Chris Brooks

Using only hands and rubber bands, brave athletes will target and topple CD cases from a marked distance.

Thursday, August 5

ALL EVENTS TAKE PLACE FROM NOON AND 1 P.M. EST

EVENT: Periodical Pagoda Ping Pong 激烈な競争, Day 1

  • Location: May 4 Room, University Library
  • Officiated by: Tony Snyder

This is table tennis rules with one exception: the "regulation paddle" is a bound periodical! This is a 3-day tournament event.

EVENT: Origami Airplane Throw 紙で指を切った

  • Location: 3rd floor Hallway, University Library
  • Officiated by: Deans Office

Precision folding skills and a good aim are key as athletes compete for the longest flight of their paper airplanes.

Airplane Throw results:
  • GOLD: Mary Lovin (Communications Office) - 29' 2 1/4"
  • SILVER: Doug Kubinski (General Counsel) - 20' 5 1/4"
  • BRONZE: Jen Rice (Acquisitions) - 17' 7 1/4"

EVENT: Kyoto Bowling on the "K" 強く投げる

  • Location: Risman Plaza, on the "K"
  • Officiated by: Special Collections & Archives

The goal of the game will be to knock down all the pins by rolling a special ball across the long arm of the "K" in the pavement of Risman Plaza.

Bowling on the K results:
  • GOLD: Hilary Kennedy (SMS) - 9 points
  • SILVER: Mindy Farmer (May 4 Visitors Center) - 6 points
  • BRONZE: 4-way tie, 5 points each: Pam Lemmons (Dean's Office), Avery Richardson (student employee in SMS), Nan Garrison (volunteer in Technical Services), Kimberly Schwab (Mailroom)

Friday, August 6

ALL EVENTS TAKE PLACE FROM NOON AND 1 P.M. EST

EVENT: Periodical Pagoda Ping Pong 激烈な競争, Day 2

  • Location: May 4 Room, University Library
  • Officiated by: Tony Snyder

The tournament continues. New competitors can enter the bracket on Day 2 as well!

EVENT: Pēpāwaddo Basukettobōru 不正行為はありません

(translation: "Paperwad Basketball")

  • Location: Room 334, University Library
  • Officiated by: Kara Robinson

This classic Office Olympics event returns ... who will take the gold this year?

Paperwad Basketball Results:
  • GOLD: Cynthia Williams (Communications Office) - 31 points
  • SILVER: Michael Hawkins (Map Library) - 24 points
  • BRONZE: 3-way tie at 19 points each: Steph Gaskins (Reserves), Cindy Kristof (Copyright) and Pam Lemmons (Dean's Office)

Monday, August 9

NOTE: EVENT TIMES VARY

PLAYOFF EVENT: Yumenoshima Park Archery けがをしないでください

  • SPECIAL TIME: 10:30 a.m. (EST)
  • Location: 5th floor, University Library
  • Officiated by: Cindy Kristof and Chris Brooks

Top contenders face off to break ties and determine who medals and who goes home empty-handed. Tension will be high ... you won't want to miss it!

Rubberband Archery Results:
  • GOLD: 2-way tie at 3 CDs each: Tammy Voelker (Research & Instructional Service) and Kelly Riley (Serials)
  • SILVER: 2-way tie at 1 CD each: Pam Lemmons (Dean's Office) and Cynthia Williams (Communications Office)
  • BRONZE: 0

EVENT: The Mt. Fuji-Ramen Chopstick Challenge 食い倒れ

  • Location: Room 370, University Library
  • Officiated by: Kelly Riley & Jennifer Rice

Use chopsticks to stack Ramen cups. Speed and dexterity will be key to winning this new competition!

Chopstick Challenge Results:
  • GOLD: Jeph Remley (Systems)
  • SILVER: 2-way tie: Ken Burhanna (Dean) and Anita Clary (Special Collections & Archives)
  • BRONZE: Alex Milovich (Student employee in Mailroom & Stacks)

EVENT: Periodical Pagoda Ping Pong 激烈な競争, Day 3

  • Location: May 4 Room, University Library
  • Officiated by: Tony Snyder

Tuesday, August 10

ALL EVENTS TAKE PLACE FROM NOON AND 1 P.M. EST

EVENT: Shibuya Pattopatto 「私は狙うのが苦手

(translation: "Shibuya Crossing Putt-Putt")

  • Time: Noon - 1 p.m. (EST)
  • Location: LaunchNET office, 2nd floor, Design Innovation Hub
  • Officiated by: Zach Mikrut and Tabitha Messmore

Athletes will demonstrate their hand-eye coordination as they compete for gold!

Putt-Putt Results:
  • GOLD: Mindy Farmer (May 4 Visitors Center) - 20 points
  • SILVER: Steph Gaskins (Reserves) - 13 points
  • BRONZE: Amey Park (Technical Services) - 7 points

PLAYOFF EVENT: Periodical Pagoda Ping Pong 激烈な競争

  • Location: May 4 Room, University Library
  • Officiated by: Tony Snyder

The tournament wraps up with returning athletes competing for the bronze. The net will be taut and intensity high. Come witness the event!

Ping Pong Results:
  • GOLD: 2-way tie: Amey Park (Technical Services) and Dorothea Richards (Systems)
  • SILVER: 2-way tie: Mike Souza (Student employee in ILL) and Steph Gaskins (Reserves)
  • BRONZE: 3-way tie: Tammy Voelker (Research & Instruction), Anita Clary (Special Collections & Archives) and Kimbery Schwab (Mailroom)

Wednesday, August 11

Closing Ceremony and Awarding of Olympic Medals

  • Time: Noon
  • Location: 1st floor Garden Room, University Library
  • Lunch will be provided by the University Libraries Executive Team; email Cynthia Williams at cdwillia@kent.edu by noon on Monday, August 9 to RSVP. UL Faculty, staff and student employees are invited! Employees are also encouraged to bring a dessert to share.
  • Join virtually via YouTube Livestream (stream will commence at 11:55 a.m. on Wednesday, August 11)

Get involved

Do you have the desire to be a part of this long-standing Kent State University Libraries tradition and help shape the 2021 Games? Email kentstate4ul@gmail.com to be connected to the Office Olympics Planning Committee.

Overview

Eligibility

Eligible athletes include:

  • All employees, retirees, and volunteers of Kent State University Libraries (at all locations and campuses)
  • Everyone who works or volunteers in the University Library Building on the Kent campus
  • Everyone who works or volunteers at the May 4 Visitors Center
  • Members of the Friends of the Library
  • Members of the UL National Advisory Council
  • Children and other special young people of eligible athletes (grandchildren, nephews, nieces, etc., etc.)

Participation

No advanced registration is required. Participation in the Games provides tacit permission for the future use of any photographs or videos.