Adventures of the (original) CUR frisbee

Leave a comment

July 6, 2018 by Dr. G

At the recent 2018 CUR Biennial Conference (see my blog post summarizing my conference experience), the Council on Undergraduate Research provided attendees a conference bag with some swag – including a small, green frisbee with the CUR logo. Immediately, the clever faculty, undergraduate research program directors, administrators, and CUR staff started having fun with photographing their CUR frisbee around the conference. You can see the tweets with the hashtag #CURfrisbee which seem to have been started by Nicholas Rowland, a faculty member at Penn State Altoona.

But this isn’t the first time CUR conference attendees received a CUR frisbee. My first CUR conference was in June 19-22, 2002, at Connecticut College. At that 9th national CUR conference with the theme Undergraduate Research for All, the ~610 attendees received a full-size blue CUR frisbee (which, yes, I still have!).

As I recall, the frisbee was provided during one of the evenings we had dinner on campus (it was either the BBQ dinner or lobster bake) and served as a support for the plate of food as we moved through the buffet line. After dinner, several attendees took advantage of the large, open field on the Connecticut College campus (next to our dinner tent) and started throwing the frisbees.

I stayed in the tent and continued to engage in conversations around the dinner table where I was sitting. All of the sudden, the frisbee playing stopped, and everyone in the field lined up on their hands and knees and started crawling around. At first, we thought they were trying to build a human pyramid. Then, it looked like they were trying to have some sort of race. I grabbed a quick photo of this, because this was a first for me to see at a professional conference!

After what seemed like a long period of time of people scurrying around on the grass, someone jumped up and yelled, “I found it!” It turns out that Jeff Ryan, councilor with the Geoscience Division of CUR and faculty member at University of South Florida, was a little too effective when he threw the frisbee. In addition to the frisbee leaving his hand, his wedding band got caught on the frisbee and flew off his finger! Fortunately, this incredible community of CUR members immediately mobilized, and their efforts resulted in a happy ending.

So as we celebrate the fun and adventure of the 2018 CUR frisbee, let’s not forget the original CUR frisbee and the story it has provided us for the archives and for years to come.

(Thank you, Jeff, for allowing me to share your CUR frisbee story!)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Categories

Follow me on Instagram

That’s a “W” for the Sixers today! Now if the other Philly team can get a “W” tomorrow…. Nice to see Franklin and Swoop supporting each other. We’re not called The City of Brotherly Love for nothin’!
Starting #SciArtFriday by cutting fabric for a new @joides_resolution #EXP390 quilt. I’ve never focused so much on cutting! The fabric is Three Cats/Da Gama Textiles that is made in South Africa & where I purchased it post-expedition. No room for errors - it’s a long way to get more! (unless @clairerouty wants to go with me to Cape Town again! 😂)
Dropped these winter hats off at the @psu_bw_socialimpact center today. So glad that my de-stressing #crocheting can provide some winter gear for campus students (but 7 hats made in the past month - eek! It’s been an interesting start to the semester….)
I like to celebrate the small victories… like sewing a zipper for the first time! I took a class today at #vikingsewinggallery and made a pillow with a hidden zipper. Oh, the future possibilities….
I'm excited to share the first quilt in my new mini quilt collection. It is a celebration of the Endangered Species Act, which turns 50 this year. I'll be restarting #FrontDoorScience this year to share a new quilt each month with those walking through the neighborhood. I'm starting with this one (& thanks to @legalquilts for picking up the center fabric for me while I was out to sea! It is serving as the inspiration for the collection.). To learn more about this quilt, click on link in bio.
%d bloggers like this: