The ECE administrative staff teambuilding retreat for the semester was a trip to the Houston Rodeo on Friday, March 20, to attend the Llama Dressing competition.Â For those not familiar, llama dressing is exactly what it sounds like â€“ a handler dresses their llama in a costume, and dons a complementary costume.Â To prepare for their trip to the rodeo, and to practice for a potential showing next year, the staff each dressed their own miniature llamas and had a reveal at their most recent staff meeting.
Randy Fly, the hands-down winner, created a stop-motion video in which his llama traveled to another realm, and came back as a lego llama.Â Watch it here.
Other contenders for the top prize included Madonna-llama and Obama-llama. Also making a good showing were Cinderella, Zoro, Organization-llama (see: post-its), Butterfly, Ladybug, and Dolly llama.Â
Thien Ha, ECEâ€™s financial and research administrator, was speechless at the creativity, saying, â€śI donâ€™t know what to say.â€ť
â€śThe seed was planted two years ago when faculty member Jacob Robinson came to Rice,â€ť Department Administrator Carrie Toffoletto said.
â€śDr. Robinsonâ€™s passion for llama dressing spread to the staff, who got a kick out of the idea,â€ť she explained.
The staff looks forward to next yearâ€™s competitionÂ and a possible foray into the actual llama dressing arena.