I observed something similar take place at Texas State University, as what Don described. This was a formal meeting set-up by faculty in the social sciences and new attendees were invited by participating members of the group. There was often sandwiches served and in a round table format, we shared our current research grants, proposal ideas. The purpose was to have a platform for researchers in the social sciences to meet others on campus who may have complementary interests and skills for future collaboration. This took place once every month with a set agenda and chaired by a faculty.