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Take A Faculty Member to Lunch Program

Funding for this program has run out for fall term 2014. Please check back at the beginning of winter term 2015 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 app├ętit!

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.

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How many people can attend each breakfast or lunch at the Hanover Inn?

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.

How often can I use this program?

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!

How do I request a voucher for the meal?

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

  • Full name of all students attending as well as the full name of the faculty member;
  • 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 at the Hanover Inn for breakfast or lunch, Monday through Friday.

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:

  • Breakfast: Monday - Friday, 7AM to 11AM
  • Lunch: Monday - Friday, 11:30AM to 3:30PM

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?

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: 10/7/14