UCLA staff members know how to party. Under a blazing hot sun tempered by the gentlest of cool breezes and the shade of trees on Dickson Plaza, more than 5,000 UCLA employees got together on Thursday for the 12th annual All-Staff Picnic.

On the menu were picnic lunches, icy lemonade, juicy watermelon, kettle corn fresh from the popper and ice cream treats. On the dance floor, staffers moved to the deejay’s eclectic offerings, from Bollywood beats to the Electric Slide. And stretched out on blankets on the lawn, seated at patio tables and relaxing on the steps of Powell Library and Royce Hall, picnickers talked, laughed and chilled.

The picnic is co-sponsored by Staff Assembly, Campus Human Resources and the Office of the Chancellor to show appreciation to the thousands of employees who keep UCLA humming every day.

Meet Staff Assembly's new president, Michelle Chen: Staffer-in-chief of the popular All-Staff Picnic.