Students give thanks
29 November 2005
Around 100 UCL students, affiliates and staff from North America celebrated thanksgiving on 24 November 2005 at a lunch laid on by Professor Janette Atkinson (Pro-Provost, North America) and Professor Michael Worton (Vice-Provost, Academic and International).
Lunch attendee Ms Anjel Stough (MSc Medical Anthropology) said: "For students from the United States, this is a very nice gesture which shows acceptance of our culture. Thanksgiving is very family oriented, so this is a great way to beat off homesickness."
Mr Fabio Periera, a Philosophy affiliate student, added: "Thanksgiving is a quintessential American holiday. It's something we miss a lot when away from home, so it's nice to have something like this."
UCL's President and Provost, Professor Malcolm Grant also enjoyed traditional thanksgiving fare including corn and shrimp chowder, turkey and pumpkin pie.
Professor Grant welcomed the gathering, drawing attention to UCL's strong connections with American institutions, and the intertwined histories of UCL and the first American universities, including the University of Virginia and New York University. He said: "From our earliest times, we have a had a strong relationship with the US, which we have maintained over the years. I was actually in New York only last week, so I bring you greetings from both sides of the Atlantic, to say please enjoy your time at UCL and remember us, because throughout your career we shall regard you as one of our community."
Professor Atkinson followed on by explaining her role as Pro-Provost, and expressing hope that North American undergraduates would consider returning to post-graduate study at UCL and act as ambassadors for UCL back in the USA.
Image: Professor Grant and North American members of the UCL community enjoy their thanksgiving lunch