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Lunch with a Muskie

By Martin Kurtz
On November 28, 2013

Lunch with a Muskie is an event that happens once every month on a Tuesday or Thursday where a student can connect with a faculty or staff member at Muskingum with a conversation over lunch.

Director of Greek Affairs Stacey Allan explained the event.

“Lunch with a Muskie was an opportunity for students to connect with staff and faculty outside of the classroom,” said Allan. “So, they could have lunch or meal with a faculty or staff member by signing up and form connections with them outside their subject matter.”

Allan also explained the process in which the connection is made between staff and students,.

“We advertise first to the faculty and staff to get interest and they sign up for dates they are available and then about a week prior to the actual date of Lunch with a Muskie an advertisement goes up,” said Allan. “We put a link in the student digest for students to sign up via OrgSync to eat with a faculty or staff member.”

Allan explained how students get involved.

“At that process [the students] fill out a form, they let us know these are the faculty or staff members we’d be interested in eating with, here are our interests, and then where they prefer to eat.”

Sophomore Breeanna Poland explains why she chose Hallie Baker to have lunch with.

“I was interested in eating with a teacher because I thought it’d be interesting getting to know them, but I also chose Hallie Baker because she was originally my academic adviser because I was originally a child and family studies major,” said Poland. “However I dropped that major, but I still thought it’d be nice to get to know her.”

Poland also went into detail about what she and Baker had in common.

“She liked camping and hiking and outdoor stuff,” said Poland. “I haven’t been camping since I was a kid, but I like to go hiking.”

Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Rachel Cibulas explained why it was also important to her to gain a personal connection with a student.

“I signed up because I wanted to get to know as many students on campus as possible, not just lacrosse players,” said Cibulas. “I feel such a welcoming presence here on Muskingum's campus that I wanted to be a part of it too. Some of my best memories of college were getting to know my professors on a deeper level and I still stay in touch with my undergraduate adviser and graduate professors to this day.”

Allan offered her advice to students who would be interested.

“Just try it out, connect with your faculty and staff members outside of the classroom and talk about things you don’t typically talk about in the classroom to get to know them on a personal level,” said Allan.

If you want to know more about the Lunch with a Muskie event, contact Stacey Allan at sallan@muskingum.edu.

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