Program Purpose

The Dine-With-Your-Professor program is designed to increase out-of-class interaction between residential students with a meal plan and faculty, with the goal of enhancing the overall educational experience at UCCS.

UCCS Strategic Plan Goal #5: “Cultivate a vibrant, healthy, engaged campus community that unites students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University in support of the goals of the institution.”
Residence Life and Housing Student Learning Outcome for Growth:
“Community members will engage with faculty and staff within the residential environment.”
1.     Meal coupons will be handed out at the Monarch and LaPlata front desks. Required information on the coupon includes:  student’s name and email, professor’s name and email, meal period, meal location, and date of meal. Students can utilize this program once per semester. The faculty meal coupon can only be redeemed with both participants present.
2.     The cost of the faculty meal ($7.95) is covered by Dining Services and the Division of Administration and Finance. Residential students will use their regular meal plan swipes. The faculty must show their ID at the cashier desk when redeeming the coupon.Dine with your prof conversation starter flyer 

For Students:

Before requesting your Dine-With-Your-Prof coupon, make sure you have:

1.     Invited your professor, confirmed a date, time, and dining location that is mutually agreeable.
2.     The full name and email address of the faculty member.
Breaking the ice:

It’s easy to ask a professor a question in class or in office hours, but how do you start a conversation over a meal?

Here are some conversation starters to get you talking:
How did you get interested in your field?
How have you seen ______ field grow and develop in the past few years?
What changes do you anticipate in the field?
What advice do you have for someone just entering the field?
What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?
Where are you from? Where have you traveled?