Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Big Block of Cheese Day 2015

You may have heard about the "Big Block of Cheese Day." When I came to Morris in 2010, I wanted to find a way to connect with campus. But my challenge was "How do I introduce myself?" I needed to find a "hook."

I looked to history for my inspiration. In 1837, President Andrew Jackson's supporters gifted him with a wheel of cheese weighing 1,400 lbs. Jackson put this cheese in the Entrance Hall of the White House and invited the people of the United States to come into the White House and eat the cheese, and thereby meet the people who represented them in government. According to White House history, the cheese was consumed in two hours, and the White House smelled of cheese for weeks.

I decided to host my own "Big Block of Cheese Day," to invite the campus community to share in a wheel of cheese, and thereby meet the person who represents technology. But an IT guy with food will only get you so far. So I drew on my English-Scottish ancestry, and wore my kilt. An IT guy wearing a kilt was sure to advertise itself. And it did!

Since then, Big Block of Cheese Day has become something of a tradition. It's a great way to meet people on campus. And I love the opportunity to solicit ideas and hear about technology needs for the campus.

This year's "Big Block of Cheese Day" will be on Friday, October 23. Join me in the Student Center next to Higbies, from 10:00am until noon. We'll have a big block of cheddar cheese with crackers. While you're there, drop a comment on the hallway board. And yes, you'll get to see me in the kilt.

I hope to see you there!
photo: last year's big block of cheese

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