This past February, a group of more than fifty Haslam scholars and faculty travelled to a lodge in Greeneville, TN for a weekend retreat. Organized by the Haslam programming committee, this retreat was a time to get away from the stresses of school, research, and other activities while fostering a community among the students and with faculty.
The retreat, which spanned from Friday evening until Sunday morning, was filled with a variety of events, including:
Seminars from multiple faculty members, including a line-dancing class taught by Dr. Lee Riedinger, calligraphy instruction from Dr. Noriko Horiguchi, and canoeing lessons with Dr. Christina Shepardson. There was also unstructured time for students to study, go to the ropes course on site, or play board games.
Students and faculty members ate meals together, socialized, and even competed in a student-faculty trivia game.
Finally, there was an eighties-themed dance and karaoke party. Students and faculty both participated in the festivities.