The annual Spring Fling, whose theme this year was "Hippie Dippie '60s," drew hundreds of partygoers to Center Green last Friday, including many too young to actually recall the '60s.

No matter. The EAC Spring Fling committee of Michelle Harrison, Patti Kidd, and Jamie Shuey organized a fun time for all ages that included lip syncs, trivia, polyester-clad hosts, a buffet, and a live band.

The December 16 all-staff party at CG1, sponsored by the Employee Activities Committee and TIAA-CREF, continued the tradition of ringing in the holidays while recognizing the outstanding work of employees.

This year's awards featured 14 nominations, comprising a record 127 individuals, including many university collaborators. UCAR president Rick Anthes emphasized that all the nominees were to be congratulated on their achievements. He praised their work as representing "a tremendous dedication by our excellent staff to the goals and missions of our institution."

Photograph of Education and Outreach Award winners

Another rite of summer passed last Friday, when the annual Up-the-Hill Races took place at the Mesa Lab. Sunny skies made it a perfect day for bike and foot races, followed by food, music, and mingling.

Photograph of a man in a bull costume

Amazons, aliens, and animated vegetables took to the stage in this year’s Spring Fling, as staffers set aside their everyday work clothes and got decked out for a 1980s-themed lip sync competition. The May 6 event at the Mesa Lab, featuring food, music, and a chalk-drawing contest for kids, drew several hundred staffers and family members. (See all the videos.)

Photograph of FandA members performing at Spring Fling 2005

The December 10 all-staff party at the Mesa Lab, sponsored by the Employee Activities Committee, continued the tradition of ringing in the holidays while recognizing the outstanding work of employees.

Jim Wilson shown with Latin American forecasters
Photograph of people watching egg drop 2004
Anne-Marie Tarrant and family enjoy the competition.
Photograph of Jon Wolfe signaling touchdown
Photograph of student at the egg drop 2004

A hint of the islands wafted up to the mesa on August 20, as participants in the 25th annual Up-the-Hill Races showed off their best straw hats and grass skirts to celebrate the event’s Caribbean theme.

Hill race 2004

Staffers display their island styles.

Photograph of three participants at the 2004 Up the hill races

You know it's Spring Fling when you see your co-workers wandering around dressed in leopard-print tunics carrying femur bones. On May 7, staffers shed their roles as scientists, administrators, engineers, programmers, and more to show their primitive sides show in response to this year's "Dinosaur" party theme.

Photograph of cavemen and women, dancing at Spring Fling, 2004

The 5 December all-staff party, sponsored by the Employee Activities Committee, continued the tradition of ringing in the holidays while recognizing the outstanding work of employees.

A total of 17 nominations, comprising a record 68 individuals, were received for this year’s Outstanding Accomplishment Awards.

Photograph of Kevin Trenberth, winner of the Distinguished Achievement Award

To get in shape for the 24th annual Up-the-Hill Races on 8 August, Barbara Noziere did the sensible thing: she twice ran up the hill to the Mesa Lab. And that was a good thing, because the visiting ACD scientist flew in from Miami just four days before the race and struggled to acclimatize to the mile-plus elevation of the Boulder area.

After her second training run on 6 August, "I had a headache and my throat and lungs ached," Barbara recalls.

Up the hill 2003 bike race

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