4.06.2011

President's Dinner

Last night I had the opportunity to attend the President's Dinner at Carr's Hill put on by the 4th Year Trustees.  It was especially exciting, because, this is President Sullivan's first year at UVA.

Carr's Hill (home of the UVA President)

wouldn't you love this to be your dining room?

just lovely!

The three course meal was delicious.  It started with a mixed green salad, followed by Chicken Piccata with sides of Dauphinoise Potatoes, baked with gruyère cheese and cream and a fresh Vegetable Medley.  The dessert was  Chocolate Chambord Mousse.  
At the end of the meal, President Sullivan shared some of her wisdom and took questions.  In her speech, she emphasized the futures that lie ahead of us as UVA graduates and how we have all in some way made our marks on the University Community. 

I was also particularly impressed by her ability to answer student questions.  I will share my two favorites of her answers.  When one student asked what she hopes to accomplish as President, she explained that our previous President erected 134 new buildings in his twenty years at the University.  She explained that she hopes to focus much more on what is going on inside the buildings; many of our most esteemed professors are nearing retirement age, so she's hoping to hire new, young faculty members that are prepared to educate 21st century students.  Secondly, in response to a student question related to the allegations against former UVA professor Michael Mann's climate research, she spoke about the importance of academic freedom.  She explained that research by both faculty and students should be led by their natural curiosity, rather than what may be politically popular at the time.

Allie and President Sullivan

As a side note, it's been a hectic week!  I have an important midterm today, so aside from writing my posts, I haven't been doing as much blogging this week.  I promise that tonight I will spend some time checking out my usual reads as well as all the blogs of new friends that have recently stopped by my site!

25 comments:

  1. That sounds so informative and fun! Love getting that glimpse into UVA. OH and your dress is too cute! I love how you paired it with the pop of color shawl and peep toe shoes ;)

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  2. Wow, what a great experience. You look super cute in that pic! Good luck on your midterm!!

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  3. Great night for you. Congrats! I loved your post.

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  4. Question! Is your dress by Cynthia Steffe? I almost bought one a few years ago but then when I went back they were out of my size. I've been after it ever since! Where did you find yours?

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  5. Lucky! That sounds like such a great time! btw I am obsessed with the dress you're wearing!

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  6. Good luck on your midterm Allie! I'm sure you'll do amazing.

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  7. That sounds like a great night, but you poor thing, I hated midterms and finals...they suck the joy right out of life (for a few days anyways)! Good luck! (c:

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  8. How fun!

    Do most people seem to like her? We feel so removed from everything going on there all the way down here in Louisiana! I read the article on her in the magazine that comes but that's not the same as being there.

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  9. What a cool opportunity! Good luck!!
    xoxo, kmw

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  11. Thanks for checking out my blog at Life with Elizabeth. I am following yours now. It sounds like you had a great dinner. The meal sounds delicious and the UVA president sounds so well spoken. Good luck on your midterm!

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  12. That's an amazing experience. She sounds like a very intelligent woman. I love UVA! I was just there on Monday visiting friends.

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  13. Hi! Thank you so much for your sweet words - It's nice to meet you! You look great in that picture with the president and I love your dress!

    Looking forward to following your blog!

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  14. so cool! what an awesome house!

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  15. What a stunning home and a wonderful experience for you - congrats, love!

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  16. Amazing, such an exciting opportunity to be invited to the President's house for dinner. Such a beautiful campus too, lucky girl!

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  17. Wow what a fun thing to get to do girl! presidents house looks amazing! oh my word! Yummy food too! You are gorgeous girlie, loving that dress! Good luck on your mid term this week! xx

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  18. Very nice! I've always wanted to be invited for dinner at my President's house. Maybe next year as my studying improves more and more :)

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  19. Oh my gosh this is lovely! Dinner at the President's House, wow. You deserve it, smartie!

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  20. you look gorgeous! That sounds wonderful! I'm on Second Year (now going on to Third Year) council so I will get to meet her at our last dinner series of the year as well. After hearing your experience, i'm really looking forward to it!

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  21. What an opportunity it must have been !!! Amazing

    Apurva
    http://ajstates.blogspot.com

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  22. How wonderful, and LOVE that dining room!
    Have a great weekend and I hope you have a less-hectic week. :)

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  23. What a great night. We lived in Charlottesville for 4-5 years recently and I loved UVA. These photos made me a bit homesick. I loved the President's answers.

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