Hosted by IEEE, the BYU Electrical and Computer Engineering Department recently held their biannual department picnic, commemorating the end of the Winter Semester. Faculty, students, and staff were all welcomed to the event at Kiwanis Park.
As the crowd began to grow, our department secretaries and select staff hustled to supply burgers, chips, and more snacks to the hungry ECE members in line. With a blend of families and college students, it was a wonderful sight to see everyone from the department meeting someone new.
While taking a break from food, those in attendance were able to play cornhole, spikeball, and more outdoor games. The weather in Provo finally took a turn for the better, and the department made sure to take use of it.
In attendance for the first time were several Cybersecurity and IT department members! Because their majors recently joined our program, we were excited to have students and faculty from these studies join us for the feast. In reflection of the picnic, Dr. Hawkins, the Professor and Chair of the department, remarked that “it was good to see them mingling with the Electrical and Computer Engineering students. We hope to do more of that in the future and get more of them integrated together.”
If he had to pick a favorite memory from the picnic, he humorously responded that he was grateful the line was short. Indeed, it was. That short wait time can undoubtedly be attributed to our amazing staff as well as to Professor Randy Beard, the man behind the grill.
We’re thankful for yet another great semester for our department, and we can’t wait for what’s next. The future is bright for our students, and we’re excited to continue to prepare them for it.