We ended the capstone seminar this year with an Australian Wine Tasting. People teamed up and went in on a bottle of Australian wine, max. US$18, and labelled them with appropriately Australian monikers. My “Crowded House,” a Ringbolt Cab-Sav didn’t do well at all, though I liked it. The winner was a 2001 Greg Norman Estates Merlot/Cabernet blend. Runners up included a Palandri Cab-Sav, a Ninth Island Pinot, and a Wolf Blass Chard.
Having made a decent dent in the wines and cheese, seminar participants gave one last elevator pitch for their projects, and with inhibitions slightly lowered, provide feedback on the program. Some of the suggestions were familiar by now, and happily some of them we have already taken action on. We have been much more picky about our incoming class this year, and that will improve things. We have a plagiarism process and policy in place, and I will reinforce this with the faculty in the coming year. We have made some changes to how we are teaching web development, and a graduating MI student will be teaching for us in this area. And we will be slanting one of the offering to provide a more business take on risk assessment and budgeting. There were other suggestions as well, and although my notes are elliptical, I do think we are moving in the right direction.
Oh, and finally, by request, a quote from one of our very own students, in T-shirt form.