‘Hello Spring’ was the theme of our May BIG Week as we embraced the change in the season alongside the changes in the make-up of our campus. Students spent the first few days meeting the various lecturers and faculty members and being shown around by our BIG Week Reps (returning student volunteers who were on hand to help with the BIG Week activities).
One of the key priorities in the first week is to find your way around. With this in mind, we sent the new students off on the BIG City Treasure Hunt – a series of tasks and photo challenges to be completed around the city of Luzern to help them get more familiar with their new home.
Food and culinary creativity are a large part of what we do here at IMI so, later in the week, we set the new arrivals a Bake Off challenge where they had to create a fresh Spring soup and baked pavlova dessert to be judged by our expert IMI chef lecturers.
After those tasty treats, it was time to get some fresh air as we set off on our BIG Spring Hike, where we explored the local countryside, forestry and farms of the Kastanienbaum region (and said “hello” to some new-born baby cattle, goats and piglets).
We rounded-off the week with the BIG Quiz where the students were tested on the information they had received over the course of their induction, before giving out awards and prizes. Once again, it was a highly enjoyable, and busy first week on campus and it was great getting to know all our new IMI cohort – we wish them a very successful and rewarding term ahead!
March’s event saw food stalls offering traditional cuisines from Indonesia, Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan, the Middle East, Thailand, India and a special African themed BBQ on our terrace.
Performances included singing, dance and musical performances with some highly impressive vocal performances and incredibly well choreographed dance acts.
Throughout the show, we handed out a series of fun awards including “Best Newcomer,” “Kindest Helper,” and “Oldie but Goodie” to celebrate students who have made a special impression over the course of the semester.
In one of our newer traditions, we rounded-off the show with our ‘International Catwalk’ where everybody in national dress got to come up on stage to show off their costume.
Once again the evening was a tremendous success and enjoyed in equal measure by students and guests. We would like to thank all the students who helped prepare, cook and perform at the event – it was hospitality at its best!
Stop Food Waste Week…
At IMI, we recognise the extent of this problem and want to do our best to educate our students and give them strategies to help tackle it. Our regular ‘Anti-Food Waste Week’ is where we share materials, statistics and recycling and conservation methods to help our students make more ethical decisions when it comes to food consumption.
During the week, we open our ‘Food Waste Jail’ where anyone who does not finish their lunch plate ends up (without a trial!). This is a lighter-hearted way of trying to convey a serious point and our hope is that it makes each individual students and staff member spend a little bit more time considering their choices.
Of course, to tackle the problem in a meaningful way will require the cooperation of governments, international organisations and big business; however, we hold on to the maxim that change starts with one individual and the more awareness and publicity that is brought to the issue, the more likely change is to filter upwards to a global level.
So, next time you are food shopping, cooking at home or ordering in a restaurant, ask yourself “how much do I actually need?” and, in this way, we can hopefully start to fight back against this most serious of global threats.
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