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Social Events for Employees

Monday, April 10, 2017
By:  anonymous

Suggestions Received

  • "Have more fun outings, its hard when you start and try to break the ice with new people. It would be awesome to have a monthly social day for everyone to get together and catch up and learn from each other, not just work but other things, and everyone should attend.
    eg: Have IT department participate in the 5K run for cancer"
  • "In Charlestown, we need more amenities: lounge room, play room, etc. so that we can balance work and relaxation.."
  • "More opportunities to engage and connect with IT co-workers at both locations (Medical School & South Street)"

Current Actions Underway

We received many comments about more social activities for employees. Here's what we're planning:


ConnectIT is the first team-building event organized by the UMass Medical School IT department for its IT employees. The goal of this initiative is for all of us get to know new IT people from different teams/departments, exchange ideas, develop new friendships, and most of all – have fun together.

The rules are simple – you register for the event and we will assign you to a team of 9 other people that you don’t know/don’t work with on a regular basis and then everything else is up to you and your group. One of the best parts of this event is that each team will get a half day off to go and do something fun! No strings attached – the 4 hours will be on us, but organizing the fun is up to you and your team!

If you are interested in joining ConnectIT – there’s still time. In order to register, go to and fill out the form. The deadline is April 15th.

Summer volleyball

Every year around the end of April UMMS students, faculty & staff get together to kick off the beach volleyball season. The games take place on the two beach volleyball courts behind the old medical school building on the main campus. Last summer the IT department took part of the Summer tournament for the first time and we had a great time together. Even though it was our first time playing together and we were up against teams that have been playing for at least 3-4 years, we were able to qualify for the quarter-finals. It was a great experience for all of us and this year we are going to take part in both tournaments.

If you are interested in joining our team send us an email to and we will get back to you with more info about dates, training practices & more. We are excited to see you there.

Explore a new cuisine

It all started with a simple idea – let’s meet outside work and try a new cuisine. And this is how Explore a New Cuisine came to live. With this initiative, we want to give an opportunity to IT folks that enjoy socializing with fellow workers outside work to meet and have some good time over a good meal and a glass of wine/beer.

Explore a new cuisine will usually take place once a month (on a Thursday after work) in a nearby city (e.g. Worcester, Shrewsbury). The date & time will be indicated on the shared calendar that is on the EngageIT page. All you need to do is prepare a few interesting stories to share with us and maybe a few funny/not so funny jokes.

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