Summer fun for Research Division

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The Weill Hall Courtyard resembled a small town fair July 24 at midday, as the Office of Vice Provost of Research (OVPR) held its annual summer carnival. Complete with such classic fair games as ring, ping pong and bean bag tosses, frog jump, golf putt, pitch burst, basketball throw and duck pond, employees earned tickets for attempting each challenge. Tickets could then be used for chances on various door prizes supplied by local vendors. The smell of hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy filled the air as staff enjoyed free snacks while listening to music provided by a two-man band.

An idea conceived in 2010 by Deb Shigley, human resource director, as a way to appreciate staff, the celebration was originally one event – a formal recognition followed immediately by the carnival. Now more than 200 staff attend two separate celebrations, all hailing from the Research Division, including reporting centers and administrative offices.