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June 4th, 2015



All good things must eventually come to an end. The Office of Audit Services recently reviewed Motor Pool operations and recommended suspending support for First Friday lunches. So it is with some sadness that we announce that June 5, 2015 will be the last First Friday event.

First Friday lunches have been held once per month on the first working Friday at the University Motor Pool for over seven years. We started these lunches as an opportunity for people with different schedules to pause from work and get together for lunch to enjoy the people connections and community aspect of working at a great University. We’ve seen the event grow from a simple potluck to one with crowds that regularly exceeded 500 attendees.

It’s been fun. We’ve enjoyed opening our shop to you, watching and participating in the formation of friendships and community. So please join us one last time as we celebrate the past and future of working together at OSU.


This Friday we’re setting up a build your own nacho bar with meat and vegetarian options. You’ll be building up from a tortilla and tortilla chip base with over ten toppings to choose from. We hope to see you all there!


The Motor Pool Team




Share your favorite First Friday lunch memories in the comments below. We’d love to hear them!

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7 responses to “FIRST FRIDAY-JUNE 5, 2015”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I want to thank the First Friday team for all their hard work and wonderul hospitality! It was always a great way to start the month, and you guys always served with a smile. Thanks.

  2. Todd says:

    I’ll never forget the OSU Beaver marching band playing the fight song while we enjoyed meatball subs. You will be missed 1st Friday.

  3. Marian Ladenburg says:

    Thank you for all the great food, smiles and giving us a place to unite. It was well worth it! Things like that can’t be “financially” accounted for. Well done, bravo!

    • Alex says:

      Here here! There should definitely be other considerations besides money. Don’t get me wrong, budgets are important, but these lunches served an important community function! You will be missed First Friday Lunches!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Sad to see it end. Could you charge everyone one or two dollars and have that make up the lack of funding?

  5. Anonymous says:

    First Fridays is the only time I really see grad students from other departments. Thanks for the lunches!

  6. Lori Hartline says:

    I remember the snow/ice storm a few years back. People were calling the Motor pool in droves–they didn’t care if the university was closed or if vehicles were still being released, they were just worried about whether First Friday was still on!

    Thanks for all you do, Motorpool people!

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