CS CHILLIN' WITH SUMMER GRILLIN'
Amid squeals of laughter, the piñata burst open, raining down its sweet surprises on the anxious children below — a perfect climax to the Department of Computer Science's annual BBQ, held on June 22 at Rock Canyon Park in Provo.
This event has become a cherished tradition not only among faculty members, but among graduate students and alumni of the program as well. Alumni enjoyed mingling with classmates and updating each other and former professors on life events, while their children preferred to get acquainted with new playmates and initiate games of tag or hide-and-seek. Parris Egbert, the department chair, pinpointed this fun, relaxed atmosphere as the main purpose for holding the BBQ every year.
"It's a chance for alumni to mingle with the faculty and just have fun in a non-classroom setting," he said. "It's been a really popular thing. We love it."
With more than four hundred in attendance, many feel the same way as Egbert.
"He likes to see old professors and classmates," said Lori of her husband, alumnus Tom Ginter.
Tom agreed that this was his prime motive for coming and added with a smile, "The ice cream doesn't deter it."
Coolers filled with ice cream, however, were just the finishing touch to a feast of pulled pork, grilled chicken, burgers, hot dogs, baked beans, pasta and salad. As the sun began to set after a warm, breezy summer evening, many friends said goodbye, not knowing when they would get to visit again. But the one thing they can count on is that next year, they will enjoy another CS BBQ together.
—Natalie Rice, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
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