Fall BBQ: Great People, Great Event, and Great Chef!


Many thanks to Geography graduate student Yingjie Hu for contributing the following article:

The UCSB Department of Geography held its traditional Fall BBQ on Friday, October 10, 2014. Balmy weather, a beautiful beach, and delicious food conspired to make this event perfect. As always, this BBQ provided a warm welcome for our latest cohort of grad students, as well as a golden opportunity for faculty, grads, alumni, and staff to interact with each other in an informal way.

The Department provided tri-tip, sausages, Portobello caps, French bread, soda, beer, and wine. Many folks also brought appetizers, desserts, snacks, and even more beer. Thanks to our Master Chef Montello and cooking expert Mr. John Goubeaux of UCSB’s School of Education, the tri-tip tasted especially good! The famous apron of Dan Montello, which says “kiss me, I’m a geographer” was praised by many customers. Many thanks to our graduate student Events Committee for arranging the details of this BBQ.

While enjoying the BBQ, folks also played sports on the beach. These sports included not only those you might expect, such as soccer and Frisbee, but also included an atypical one, “keg standing.” This involves hand standing on the beer keg and drinking beers from the keg for as long as you can. Apparently, it is not exciting enough to just drink beer with a cup…

Our former graduate program assistant, Jose Saleta, has also joined our BBQ. It was really great to see him hangout with our Geography Department again. To summarize our Geography Fall BBQ: great people, great event, and, wait for it, great chef!

Editor’s note: Many thanks to to Yingjie Hu and Marcia Zilli for photographing the event. All the photos are now available on our event photos page.

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Master Chef Montello and his infamous apron – John Goubeaux shown in back. Photo credit: Yingjie Hu

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L to R: Grad students Sarah Harris, Heather N.-B. Frazier, Kitty Currier, James Allen, and Antonio Medrano; Jose Saleta, ex grad advisor, at far right. Photo credit: Marcia Zilli

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L to R: Song Gao, Bonnie Bounds, and Yingjie Hu. Photo credit: Marcia Zilli

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L to R: Michelle Oyewole, Zachary Tane, Corbin Hodges, James Allen, Angela Marcela Suarez, Nina Bingham, Sarah Shivers, and Lassie (or is it Fido?). Photo credit: Marcia Zilli