On Friday, April 27, faculty, staff, and students were invited to celebrate UMass at a free cookout on the Goodell lawn for an event that will serve as campus appreciation day. Our award-winning Dining Services prepared a locally-grown “green” meal, one that used as many local and sustainable products as possible.
On Fridays, the only class I have is French from 10:10AM to 11:00AM. As soon as my class ended, I wandered over to the Goodell lawn to see if the Founder’s Day festivities had begun yet with one of classmates and closest friends. We were pleased to discover that the event started promptly at 11:00AM and that we could finally get a taste of all the food we were craving! The windows in our French class were open and every few minutes a breeze would blow through, carrying with it the smell of burgers, pasta salad, and fresh fruit.
After filling my plate, I found a seat beneath the large white tent and listened to Chancellor Holub make a few opening remarks. He wanted to celebrate the conclusion of a successful faculty and staff campaign to support scholarships, specific colleges or departments, athletic programs, or one of hundreds of special programs. He also reflected on his time as Chancellor since Kumble Subbaswamy will soon succeed him and he thanked everyone for their support of the new tradition he started of having a campus cookout to commemorate Founder’s Day every year.
Besides eating delicious food and enjoying being outside, I got to high-five our mascot, Sam the Minuteman, and go on a horse-drawn carriage ride around the campus pond! The celebration was a perfect break from studying for finals. I <3 new campus traditions!