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by Samantha Black, staff writer
In spring, the office of First-Year Programs at HPU began an event called “Be My Guest”: new and transfer students could sign up to go to lunch with their professors for free. This program was a way of helping students to become familiar with each other and their professors. It was sponsored by Dining Commons, the Off-Campus Meal Plan, First-Year Programs, and Off-Campus Housing. This fall the program is back, but with a few changes.

Starting in September, the “Be My Guest” program will be held for two days each month: Sept. 26 and 27, Oct. 24 and 25, and Nov. 14 and 15. Only two students will be able to lunch with each teacher, on each date, to allow students more personal attention from the teachers they are taking to lunch.

The sign-up is easy. Just invite your professor to lunch at the Dining Commons on the Hawai‘i Loa campus or at any of the OCMP participating restaurants on the downtown campus, sign up with First-Year Programs, and pick up your lunch voucher on the day of your lunch. To sign up, all you have to do is e-mail First-Year Programs at readysetgo@hpu.edu with your name, e-mail, phone number, student ID number, the professor’s name, and the date you wish to dine. You can also stop by First-Year’s new office at the MP Building, suite105, and sign up in person.

The process is simple. On the day of your scheduled lunch, just go to the MP Building or to the Hawai‘i Loa campus dining commons to pick up your lunch voucher.

“ My hope is that all new students will take advantage of this opportunity to get to know professors and their classmates,” said Marites Fiesta, dean of Student Life and First-Year Programs.

“ This program is a great way for students to make connections,” said Fiesta, “have fun, and continue their course discussions.”




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