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Take A Faculty Member to Lunch Program

The Undergraduate Deans Office, with support from Student Assembly, is pleased to sponsor the extremely popular Take a Faculty Member to Lunch program at the Pine Restaurant in the Hanover Inn and 1953 Commons. This program is designed to encourage students and faculty to have substantive conversations outside of the classroom, engaging around topics of academic interests, future studies and general life experiences. We look forward to hearing from you! Bon app├ętit!

Please look below for answers to our most frequently asked questions.

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How many people can attend each breakfast or lunch?

While we encourage meeting one-to-one over a meal to strengthen the faculty-student relationship, groups of no more than three students may also invite a faculty member to share a meal. Keep in mind that the vouchers can be used for breakfast also!

This program is highly popular so request your voucher early in the term.

How do I request a voucher for the meal?

To request a voucher, please email the Undergraduate Deans Office and include:

  • Full name, ID number, and year of all students attending as well as the full name of the faculty member and their department;
  • Meal date that you have confirmed with faculty member.

Once we receive this information, we will send an email instructing you to pick-up your voucher at the Undergraduate Deans Office (Carson Hall, Suite 125).

The voucher is valid for breakfast or lunch, Monday through Friday.

It is important for students to provide accurate and timely feedback about the program to the Undergraduate Deans Office.

How often can I use this program?

Students may utilize this program once a term! That's right, you have an opportunity each term to interact with faculty over a special meal! Please note: if you attend a meal as a guest, but are not the requestor of the voucher, the meal still counts as your one time use for the term.

Is there anything I need to do before I request a voucher?

While it is not required, it is strongly recommended that you call ahead and make a reservation at the Hanover Inn.  Please call 603-643-4300, ext. 155.

  • Be sure you mention that you are taking advantage of the Take a Faculty Member to Lunch program!

Keep the restaurant hours in mind when reviewing your schedule and inviting the faculty member:

  • Pine Restaurant Breakfast: Monday - Friday, 7AM to 11AM
  • Pine Restaurant Lunch: Monday - Friday, 11:30AM to 3:30PM
  • 1953 Commons Breakfast: Monday-Friday 7:30-10:30am
  • 1953 Commons Lunch: Monday-Friday 11-3pm

Also, remember to plan for the tip when you are reviewing your menu options: a $42 meal will require a $8 tip (18%).

Can I use the same voucher for multiple meals?

Each voucher is equal to $50; our vouchers provide each participant with about $25 dollars for the meal.  We have found this to be the best amount for one meal, and is not enough for a second. For that reason, each voucher may only be used once. If you would like to go out for a second meal, just wait until the next term and request another voucher!

Things to keep in mind ...

  • Alcohol cannot be purchased.
  • Student is responsible for amount over the $50 voucher.
  • Tip must be included!
  • This program is for students and faculty only (not for use with a coach, CD, administrator, TA ...)

What do other students have to say about the program?

"Unlike office hours, which are ordinarily time-restricted due to the number of students vying for time to meet, this allowed [my professor] and I to let our conversation wander, largely unchecked by time restraints. The freedom to discuss campus issues, personal lives, and long-term ambitions significantly deepened our relationship."

"It gave us the opportunity to chat one on one about topics outside of academic work. Our conversation revolved around the intersection of faith and science so it was definitely an enriching experience."

"...The classroom offers excellent opportunities for students and teachers to learn about each others' personalities.  It does not, however, create many opportunities for sharing often fascinating aspects of personal lives.  The lunch provided this opportunity."

"We spent most of the time discussing the prof's academic interests and research specialty which I found thoroughly fascinating. So fascinating, in  fact, that I plan on helping him do research this spring. The Take a Faculty Member to Lunch program set that opportunity up for me and for that I am sincerely grateful."


Last Updated: 6/21/17