It could have been terrible, but it was actually a good time.
This past Saturday, myself, Janice, and Amelia from CMU GSA headed up to Eden Hall Farm the newest acquisition of Chatham University. There we met up with Byron & Emily from Pitt, and Julie, Patrick, Dan, Tiffany, David, and Doug from Chatham. We had a good afternoon, grilled food, ate food, discussed grad studenty things. I am looking forward to working more with Pitt & Chatham, I think the last year has been good and I hope the collaborations continue. I believe Julie, Chatham’s new GSA president, is right in that continuing to improve the graduate student relationships within the city of Pittsburgh, will help keep young educated professionals in the city. Or, we can hope.
As for the Eden Hall Farm house, itself, you should check out the pictures (click photo above to see the whole set) was really great, I look forward to having more events there. It reminded me of my days back at RIT, and our LEAD retreats. The industrial kitchen, the large lodge type house. The only thing that didn’t quite fit was the right-out-of-There-Will-Be-Blood bowling alley in the basement. Which was amazing, and functional, and we bowled a little — though setting up the pins after every frame gets really tiresome. But there is just this right out of the past, creepy movie-set feel to the whole place, which in my mind makes it the perfect place to take graduate student leaders.