Johnny Thunderbird hugging Mr Met

Past Employee Events

Juneteenth Celebration

On June 15, 2023 employees shared in festivities to celebrate the Juneteenth holiday. Read the article  from the event held on the Queens campus.

Employee Raffle Names Nearly 100 Winners!

St. John’s University and the Office of Human Resources with University athletic partner Teachers Federal Credit Union thanked faculty, staff and administrators for their hard work by hosting monthly employee raffle drawings from 2021-2023. Each month, employees had multiple chances to win prize packs that included gift cards from Amazon, Target, GrubHub, Dunkin Donuts, as well as St. John’s merchandise and other surprises. Totals included over 1,350 entries and 94 winners. Thanks to all of our employee participants and congratulations to the winners.

Employee Appreciation Week 2022

Food truck parked in lot serving people foodFrom December 5 through 9, employees of St. John’s University felt especially appreciated as the Office of Human ResourcesAthletics, and sponsor Teachers Federal Credit Union collaborated on several employee appreciation events across all three New York campuses.

We kicked off Monday by providing complimentary, grab-and-go lunch to employees on the Manhattan campus. Later in the day, the Office of Alumni Relations and Campus Ministry hosted the annual Winter Carnival with fireworks and the tree lighting on the Queens campus.

On Tuesday, Mama’s Cuban Kitchen food truck served more than 175 meals free of charge to employees on the Queens campus, and on Wednesday, it was Staten Island employees’ turn to enjoy complimentary lunch.

Johnny Thunderbird was witnessed storming the offices of employees in The Peter J. Tobin College of Business and ROTC building on Thursday, giving away drink cups and tote bags courtesy of Teachers Federal Credit Union. Athletics offered discounted ticket specials for the Wednesday Men’s Basketball game and Thursday Women’s Basketball game played in Carnesecca Arena. The week culminated on Friday with Christmas Mass in St. Thomas More Church, followed by the annual employee reception.

We hope you were able to partake in a few of these employee appreciation events. We thank you for all you do for St. John’s and wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday. View photos from the events.

Employee Appreciation Week 2021

St. John’s University and Teachers Federal Credit Union celebrated all employees with an Employee Appreciation Week Dec. 6-10 with events on all three New York campuses. 

Mama’s Cuban Kitchen food truck served up free lunches to employees on the Queens campus; and on Staten Island and Manhattan, employees picked up grab-n-go style complimentary lunches and branded drink cups. Johnny Thunderbird and other surprise guests stormed offices with giveaways and ticket specials were offered for the men's and women's basketball games. Read the recap and view photos from the week.

Johnny and Mr. Met embracing

Employee Night at Citi Field (Sept. 2021)

More than 200 St. John’s employees and guests gathered for a fun-filled evening at Citi Field as the NY Mets took on the St. Louis Cardinals on September 14. The weather was perfect, and the game went into extra innings before the Mets fell to the Cardinals 7–6 at the bottom of the 11th inning. Fans throughout the stadium recognized Johnny Thunderbird and were eager to be photographed with the St. John’s mascot.

It was a special night for three Johnnies who celebrated birthdays: Hillary Appiah, Ciaran Brennan, and Pamela O’Brien. They received a free bobblehead courtesy of the NY Mets. View photos from the event.

Employee Night at Citi Field (Sept. 2019)

St. John's University held its second Employee Night at Citi Field on September 25 as the NY Mets took on the Miami Marlins, winning 10–3. More than 160 tickets were sold to employees, who brought their family and friends to enjoy perfect weather and a night of baseball and camaraderie.

The group witnessed history when first baseman Pete Alonso hit his 51st home run to bring him closer to the rookie home run title. Jacob deGrom also pitched his last game of the season that night, and because of his strikeouts and earned run average, he is now eligible for a second Cy Young Award

Johnny Thunderbird was warmly welcomed by the crowd—he had a long line of greeters waiting to take a selfie! St. John's T-shirts, provided courtesy of University sponsor Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., were tossed in the stands to lucky St. John's employees. It was certainly a memorable evening for all who attended; the Office of Human Resources looks forward to hosting more employee events.

Click here to see the photo gallery. 

Employee Night at Citi Field (May 2019)

St. John's University held an Employee Night at Citi Field to watch the NY Mets take on the Cincinnati Reds on May 1. More than 243 tickets were sold to employees, who brought their family and friends. The weather was not ideal, but attendees enjoyed the game and the camaraderie. Some opted to stay dry in the Foxwoods Club, where they had an excellent view of the game. 

With a steady rain falling, Johnny Thunderbird worked very hard to lift our spirits! St. John's employees were outfitted in red St. John's T-shirts provided courtesy of our sponsor, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. One of our lucky guests, Joseph Pascullo, participated in the Mets trivia game on the field and won $125 in Mets money. It was a fun evening; the Office of Human Resources looks forward to hosting more employee events this year.

Click here to see the photo gallery.

Ice Cream and Popcorn Treats

Employees were in for a real treat in October, as a series of appreciation events were held across the Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan campuses. Courtesy of the Office of Human Resources and sponsored by Municipal Credit Union, the events were a way to thank employees for their hard work and commitment to students. In Queens on October 11th, the ice cream truck made several stops on campus. Employees in Staten Island were treated to ice cream on October 16th and in Manhattan, a popcorn party was held in the lobby of Astor Place on October 22nd. An estimated 1225 ice cream cones and dozens of bags of popcorn were served during these events. If you missed the SCOOP, make sure to see us next time we POP over to say "Thanks!"