Thursday, February 3, 2011

Welcome to Charlottesville


Our Region 2 regional conference is fast approaching as it is only nine weeks away! As hospitality co-chairs, we would like to be the first to welcome you to Charlottesville, a beautiful city located east of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the middle of the Commonwealth of Virginia. We cannot wait to share the many exciting features of this historical city, which has been home to several US Presidents. Your regional conference hospitality co-chairs are Melinda Anderson and Edna Renee Macbeth. We are new to the blogging scene and have decided to capture many different aspects of Charlottesville in our blog series to give you a wonderful picture of all that is to be enjoyed during the conference.

We'll first begin with introductions and then share what we love about Charlottesville.

Edna Renee Macbeth is an academic advisor in the University College at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Richmond (UR) and completed her graduate work at the University of Virginia (UVA). While in graduate school at UVA she had the chance to live in Charlottesville for five years. This was a wonderful opportunity that introduced her to a great part of the Commonwealth of Virginia. During her time in Charlottesville, and during her many visits back, she loved how nature and history blended with fun restaurants and places to explore. She loves the various areas of the city of Charlottesville and Albermarle county that have their own unique feel, from the Downtown Mall, to the Corner, to UVA's grounds, and even that strip of road she simply calls "29".

Melinda Anderson is the Assistant Director of Academic Advising at the College of William and Mary. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and is currently working on her doctoral degree at the College of William and Mary. Working in Williamsburg gives her a deep appreciation for small cities rich with history. What she loves most about Charlottesville is the historical sites and beautiful views of nature that can be found in and around town. She loves the quaint shops and wonderful places to eat around town. She is especially found of Cater Mountain, where she picks delicious apples with her family every year. She loves working with people and is looking forward to helping conference attendees feel at home during the conference.

You'll see us at the hospitality table, in the hospitality suite, and a various other places around the conference hotel. It is our hope that you find the Region 2 conference both enlightening and enjoyable. Every Thursday either Melinda or Edna Renee will be updating this blog. Whether you are a lover of history, nature or wineries - Virginia (especially cities like Charlottesville) is for you. We'll have some great tips and suggestions to share with you as we count down to the conference together.

For our final note in this week's post ---

Hospitality can be defined as the friendly reception and treatment of guests or strangers. We consider all of you our guests and look forward to a great time with you at the conference. Although you might arrive as a stranger, we will depart as friends. We look forward to sharing this great gem of a city with you, both in this blog and when you arrive in Thomas Jefferson's backyard.

- Melinda and Edna Renee

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