I just got back from a potluck for the computer science department here at UT. Jeremy made me go with him and it was everything I expected it to be and more. The comp sci stereotype definitely rang true - most of the students and staff were some what socially awkward and talked about geeky tech stuff a lot. I now know what it is like to be at Michigan Tech. I feel so bad for my sister, Allie, who's there. But then again,I bet she gets the honor of being the coolest person around a lot.
The event was particularly funny to me in how different it was from our social work events at Baylor. First of all, the social work potlucks were mostly all girls where as this one was nearly all guys. Also, social work students know how to cook and there is always a lot of good food at potluck type things. Comp sci guys are a little lacking in that area. Social work events always had something somewhat related to social work - guest speakers, lectures, social work paraphanelia raffles, etc. This had a geek trivia contest - everything was related to computers and technology and the prizes were little boxes of nerds. I am proud to say that I did know two of the answers (how much did google buy YouTube for and what two Steves started Apple computers). We never had trivia contests at social work events. I'm not sure what type of social work trivia there is though.
All in all it was an interesting event and I'm happy that I am involved in a discipline where people are generally sociable and not completely awkward.