Funding for this program has run out for the winter 2016 term. Please check back at the beginning of spring 2016 term for your opportunity to request a voucher.
The Undergraduate Deans Office is very pleased to be sponsoring the extremely popular Take a Faculty Member to Lunch program at the Hanover Inn. 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 appétit!
The response to this program is always strong so be sure to get your requests to us early before funding for the term runs out!
Please look below for answers to our most frequently asked questions.
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 for students and faculty only.
Students may utilize this program once during the Fall, Winter and Spring terms! That's right, you have an opportunity each term to interact with faculty over a special meal!
To request a voucher, please email the Undergraduate Deans Office and include:
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 at the Hanover Inn for breakfast or lunch, Monday through Friday.
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.
Keep the restaurant hours in mind when reviewing your schedule and inviting the faculty member:
Also, remember to plan for the tip when you are reviewing your menu options: a $42 meal will require a $8 tip (18%).
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!
"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: 1/26/16