This year at the Thanksgiving table, Mary Beth and I were thankful to be joined by our daughter, Rae, home from college. Our two sons had late exams and were not able to join us this year. Because not all students can make it home for Thanksgiving, we were pleased to host our first campus dinner for over 250 students. Some attendees were, like our sons, just not able to return home. Another large group were our international students, many enjoying their first American Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is a special time of year, and coming together as a family means a lot to us, as I’m sure you can appreciate. In that spirit, we were also grateful for getting to join the Vandal family this year. We hope that all of you have also enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We’ll return with a regular Friday Letter next week, but if you have the post-Thanksgiving energy to try out some additional tasty treats, have a look at some recent and historic recipes created by UI students in the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences.