An Evening of Vintage Johnston

An evening of fine wine, food and conversation will raise funds to help students of the University of Redlands' Johnston Center for Integrative Studies pursue their unique and innovative research projects.

The second annual Vintage Johnston Wine Dinner will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. in the Casa Loma Room at the university. Tickets are $100 and include tastings of world-renowned wines and a multi-course dinner featuring food from local growers. Reservations are required and must be received by Tuesday, Sept. 23.

The Johnston Center is an interdisciplinary living and learning community. The Johnston approach requires students take responsibility for their education by working with faculty to design an individualized course of study. Academic and residential life are also integrated, another important principle of the program. In February, it will celebrate its 40th anniversary.

The inaugural Vintage Johnston event last year blended wine makers and connoisseurs with Johnston faculty and students, who shared their uniquely Johnston experiences with guests.

John Slater, an Inland Empire wine enthusiast and collector, will donate the wine for this year's event, which will feature fine vintages from the cellars of Silver Oak, Justin, Raymond, Shafer, Duckhorn, Groth, Guigal, Henriot, Veuve Cliquot, Cakebread, Clos du Val and Robert Craig. Bill McDonald, a founding Johnston faculty member and wine enthusiast, is helping to coordinate the evening.

Proceeds from the dinner, a drawing and a silent auction will go to the Johnston Center Student Project Fund, which helps cover the cost of students' research projects.

Last year, the fundraiser generated about $20,000 for the fund, allowing them to travel, research, produce and exhibit music and art.

Students have used the money to create murals, film documentaries in the U.S. and abroad, and document sustainable agricultural practices in the region. The funds also were used to send three undergraduate students to a national academic conference, where they presented papers on literacy and cultural representations of home.

"The Johnston Student Project Fund allows our students to explore and present the unique and innovative projects that emerge from contracting with faculty members in ways that have academic and artistic integrity," said Johnston Center Director Greg Salyer.

Call the University of Redlands Development Office at 909-748-8050 for reservations.

Contact:  Development Office  
909-748-8050 (Phone)

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