Block A Wrap-up

The first block of MSI 2015 has officially come to an end. We’re sad to see these great students go, but we’re excited that Block B begins tomorrow! Before then, I’d like to fill you all in on the rest of the first block starting with the Japanese Garden tour.

Meg and Rebecca, two members of the Morven staff, led the tour of the Japanese Garden. In this picture, they are explaining the significance of crossing the threshold into the garden. Some say that crossing over the low beam is meant to signify crossing from the earthly realm to another calmer, more peaceful one. It also serves as a nice reminder to be aware of your surroundings… Don’t trip!IMG_0950

IMG_0954Here’s a picture of student Max Owens looking rather zen. This was one of the submissions for the photo contest. The students made it so hard for me to choose, but I’ll highlight the winning picture on our Facebook page. That reminds me, please go like us:

10268417_10155618735580352_4077380232240500585_n (1)Group shot in front of the quaint tea house in the garden, which is modeled after a Japanese summer home. Thanks to Professor Louis’ class for inviting me to join the picture.

The next day, we had an end-of-MSI BBQ at the Main House. A Taste of Home Southern Cuisine created a delicious spread. We had squash casserole, southern green beans, mac and cheese cups, cornbread and of course, BBQ chicken! Not pictured: the most delightful pound cake I’ve ever tasted.

Mr. Kluge had a back porch with a view! It was quite fun to make ourselves at home here. So glad we were able to use this space for our BBQ dinner.
IMG_0982On the last day of class, I gave the students their t-shirts and reusable grocery bags. Here’s a few of the students that agreed to pose for a picture in the new shirts! (Thanks to Emily Salle for her brilliant t-shirt design.)IMG_0987IMG_0989One more thing… We were interviewed by NBC29! They wanted to highlight our students and Nickels for Nonprofit, the Whole Foods program that is funding academic scholarships for a few of our students. They met us in the Kitchen Garden, interviewed a few of us and followed some of the experiments the students are doing out there. This was an awesome surprise, and we’re so happy to have such strong local relationships that give our students these opportunities. The more people that know about Morven and MSI, the better! Here’s a link to the full piece:

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Thanks to all of the Morven staff and UVa faculty members for their help in this first session. I’m so lucky to work with such smart and talented people. Now on to the next one!