Fall Farmers Market

During the beginning of the fall semester, before it gets too chilly out, the fall farmers market is held from 3 – 6 p.m., each Thursday. The market is a student favorite on campus, and is the fun event that many of us look forward to each week.

Just two semesters ago, current farmers market president and my friend, Caroline, was a member of the Green Team, the environmental sustainability organization where the farmers market originated. It took only a couple of weeks for Caroline to realize that the market would have greater potential if it separated from the Green Team and became its own organization with more manpower. As Christopher Newport makes it relatively easy for a student to start a new organization, Caroline was able to create the farmers market at Christopher Newport as its own entity.

Caroline, and the dedicated team of the farmers market, are doing an excellent job of bringing in better vendors from the local community and introducing different activities that students get excited about. Artisan wood-fired pizza is made fresh each market. Puerto Rican food is sold from the new food truck. Everyone’s favorite, kettle corn, tastes as delicious as it smells. I have a secret soft spot for the sweet treats sold by local bakers and enjoy looking at the offerings of fresh salsas, vegetables, honey and sauces, and cute little houseplants. Students have the ability to sell their own crafts and perform at the market, too! $5 yoga classes are another new addition to the market this year that I think is super neat.

No one wants to see the fall market season coming to an end, but there is still one more market to look forward to, and I will definitely not miss it!

Business Etiquette!

There are many perks to being a senior in the Luter School of Business, and the Business Etiquette Conference is at the top of the list. I mean, it’s not everyday that we – those of us of age, of course – sip a glass of red wine and eat a four-course meal with our professors and local business professionals. However, events that teach professional development in a manner that is enticing to students who are my age, are kind of the norm in the Luter School. As the entire evening was complimentary for each senior attendee, it became clear to me how deeply the Luter School of Business cares for its students’ success.

My evening began with the first of two break-out sessions. The concept of the first centered around the power of branding yourself using the popular, business-centric social networking site, LinkedIn. The guest speaker, Dawn Edmiston, was one of the most passionate women I have ever met. Her face lit up when she proposed creative ideas on how we could stand out from a crowd when applying for a position. The second session I chose to attend explained what not to do in a business setting, from having a weak handshake to forgetting to send a handwritten follow-up card, which was very insightful.

After cocktail hour, networking with my business professors and the company representatives from across the state was the part everyone was waiting for: free dinner! Professionals who have mastered business etiquette for a living, taught us the ins and outs of the proper way to sit, speak, dress and eat as any business professional would. I even learned how to take an olive pit out of my mouth. Who would have known there was a proper way to do that? Not only was the dinner delicious (especially the ice cream sundae for dessert), but I learned more about business etiquette than I could have imagined. Now I cannot wait for my first business lunch to put my newfound skills into practice!

My Evening at PLAN: Zero Waste

You know when the people on your campus are really passionate about learning when students attend an educational speaker event at 8 p.m. on a Saturday night. It’s one thing for students to go to such an event during the lunch hour when there is free pizza, which, yes, is a common occurrence. It is a whole new ball game to attend an educational event on a Saturday night when we could instead be hanging out with friends or more importantly, sleeping. Call us crazy, but we enjoy learning. All thanks goes to CAB, the Campus Activities Board, for making educational events, such as the “PLAN: Zero Waste” speaker event, an interesting alternative to the typical Saturday night.

PLAN, the Post-Landfill Action Network, is a group of environmentally minded people who believe college students have the capacity to change our society’s wasteful way of living. The issue is that we often lack the skills to lead such change. That’s where PLAN steps in. PLAN’s mission is to educate and inspire college students across the country to find and implement solutions to reduce waste in our communities.

I am very grateful my friend invited me to attend this speaker event with her. I was hesitant at first because, you know, it was a Saturday night, but Chris Kane, the event speaker, shared with us extremely inspiring ideas to minimize harmful waste on campus. He was one of the most enthusiastic speakers I have ever heard, and he had raffle prizes for us! Every college student loves free things! While there are plenty of other ways that I could have spent my Saturday night, I have no regrets spending it learning about sustainability with PLAN.