What do a velcro tilapia tail, Thai fish identifications posters, photos of Colossoma, and a gummy shark all have in common? They all lured people in to the PD/A CRSP display during the annual University Day event held at Oregon State University (OSU) on 18 September 2000.
The annual event is held to introduce new faculty and staff to the variety of departments at OSU and to recognize exemplary faculty and staff. The PD/A CRSP hosted an information booth with literature, a photo display, food, and games. Free fish crackers enticed passers-by to look at the displays, leaf through publications and pamphlets, join a raffle, and play a "Pin the tail on the tilapia" game, which involved a velcro fish tail on a felt backing. The prize for pinning the tail in the correct place was a large blue and white gummy shark.
The CRSP has participated in several of the previous years' University Days. Past enticements have included tilapia recipes and poetry contests. More important, however, was the number of new faculty and staff who have been intrigued and excited by the CRSPs work.