Your eyes weren’t deceiving you if you saw something … prehistoric … in the University Student Commons on Wednesday. VCU Career Services brought in Tiny, a juvenile T-Rex, to spread the word about the part-time job fair, one of the office’s largest events of the year.
In fact, piloting the elaborate, large dinosaur for owner Mad Science of Central Virginia was one of the jobs promoted during the fair. Mad Science has attended previous festivals, and wanted to introduce Tiny to VCU students.
“They’re like, ‘We’re getting this huge dinosaur. Can we bring it next time?’” said Brian Nicholas, communications coordinator for Career Services. “That’s how it evolved. This is one of the potential jobs available here at the job fair.”
Led by Chief Mad Scientist Atomic Ali, the dino roamed the Commons, greeting students and stopping for a few selfies.
“We invite about 30 to 40 organizations to come [to the fair],” Nicholas said. “We have 800 or 900 students who come, all who are searching for work. This is one of our big events, and our ‘handshake’ for the year.”
Speaking of hands, the T-Rex had one shortcoming as a publicist.
“We’re excited to have the dino here today, but his arms are way too short to hand out fliers,” Nicholas said.