First-Year Faculty Dinners

First-Year Faculty Dinner: Fall 2018

First-year students have the opportunity to attend a special dinner in Annenberg once a semester. The dinner is a great way to get to know faculty and staff better, and engage them in conversations about their academic work, research, career path, or general interests. Students are encouraged to invite a professor, teaching fellow, preceptor, proctor, coach, adviser, dean, or other administrator to join them.

The dinners are a great way to get to know a professor or another member of the University community. There is no need to RSVP to the First-Year Experience Office for the event. Once your guest accepts your invitation, simply make plans for where you would like to meet him or her, and exchange contact information. We recommend  designating a spot outside of Memorial Hall so that you can easily meet up with your guest.

Note that a fairly long time period has been set aside for dinner so that some people can come earlier and others later, at their convenience and without overcrowding. Students and guests are welcome to arrive any time between 4:30 and 7:30 pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should I bring to the First-Year Faculty Dinner?

Typical guests include professors, proctors, preceptors, teaching fellows, first-year advisers, coaches, deans, and other administrators. You can invite a guest as an individual or as a group; frequently a seminar group will invite their professor or an expos class will invite their preceptor. If you would like to invite a faculty member but are not sure how, talk with your proctor or PAF to work out some strategies.

Do I have to pay for my faculty/staff guest?

No, guests at the dinner are sponsored by the Dean of Students Office.

What should I wear?

Dressy attire, like First-Year Convocation is suggested: skirts, slacks, blouses, button-down shirts, blazers, ties, and nice shoes. No jeans or sneakers.

Can I still eat in Annenberg if I don't bring a guest?

Yes, but we recommend eating between 4:30 and 5:30pm to ensure there is adequate space in the dining hall. The First-Year Experience Office will reserve a special section of Annenberg where you can sit if you do not want to participate in the dinner.

If I'm inviting my guest via email, how do I ask?

An invitation email might read:

Dear Dean Brandt,

I hope this email finds you well. I greatly appreciated your advice last week about course selection; the freshman seminar with Professor Smith is fantastic! If you are available, would you be interested in joining me for the First-Year Faculty Dinner in Annenberg? The dinner is on Thursday, November 15th, and we could eat anytime between 4:30 and 7:30 pm, whenever is most convenient for you. Please let me know by responding whether you can attend.

With thanks and best wishes,
Chris A. Student