Dear Members of the Class of 2022:
One of Harvard’s most important traditions is upon us! The fall First-Year Faculty Dinner is Thursday, November 15, 4:30 – 7:30 pm. 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. I hope you will take the opportunity to invite a professor, teaching fellow, preceptor, proctor, coach, adviser, dean, or other administrator to join you for a special dinner in Annenberg. You may decide to invite your guest in person, on the phone, or via email; please see the end of this letter for an example of an invitation.
Note that a fairly long time period has been set aside for dinner – not so that you will dine for three hours, but so that some people can come earlier and others later, at their convenience and without overcrowding. Please feel free to arrive any time between 4:30 and 7:30 pm, whatever works best for you and your guest.
I strongly encourage you to participate in the dinner; it is a great way to get to know a professor or another member of the University community. There is no need for you to RSVP to us 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. I would suggest designating a spot outside of Memorial Hall so that you can easily meet up with your guest.
Please let us know if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you there.
Associate Dean of Students
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 do not invite a faculty member to dinner?
Yes, but you should plan to eat between 4:30 and 5:30 pm. You will be asked to sit in a specific area of Annenberg.
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