August is one of those transition months. It’s the last full month of ice cream season (or as some know it, summer) and the start of fall semester for many college students.
This fact has not been lost on the Honors College at Eastern Illinois University. The obviously intelligent individuals at the Honors College combined ice cream with the first day of classes by holding an ice cream social. An annual tradition for over 20 years, the ice cream social gives new students a chance to mingle with existing honor students, faculty and staff and learn more about the Honors College.
The University of Delaware takes this transition month one step further where students can learn the business of ice cream. While their is no ice cream major, UD has a campus ice cream store and a herd of 100 dairy cows.
The students take part in every part of making the ice cream from milking the cows to adding flavorings to selling it. This is a great way for students to learn about ice cream production and running a business. I just wonder if the university will be willing to change its mascot from the Blue Hen to a blue cow.