Dar Roberts became the Chair of the UCSB Department of Geography in September 2009, and he will hand over the reins to Dan Montello on June 30, 2014. As a token of appreciation for Dar’s service, Geography personnel chipped in to buy him a present which was presented to him at the last Geography Colloquium of the Spring Quarter (5/29).
Dylan Parenti, our IT head honcho, came up with the idea of getting four Loge VIP seat tickets for a Dodger baseball game for Dar and his family: “He likes the Dodgers, and I’m pretty sure he’d get a kick out of taking Marianne and the kids to a game during a promotional event (Adrian Gonzalez Replica Jersey Day). The Cardinals are a pretty good team, and they and the Dodgers are likely to be playoff contenders, so the Sunday, June 29 game between them should be a great game.”
Connie Padilla, staff Personnel Analyst, created a card for Dar that consisted of a couple of dozen “sign here” stickers forming the outline of a heart, and, for once, the staff did all the signing. Not to be outdone, the faculty came up with a card that featured a photo of our past, present, and future Chairs doing pirate imitations at a Fall 2007 departmental barbecue – arr, even department Chairs need to let off steam!