The "Take a Professor to Lunch" program aims to provide all physics (or ECoS) students an opportunity to get to know the faculty. We realize that Penn State is a big place and that students are often hesitant to make a professor's acquaintance, even though they probably share a great many interests. We know that many students enrolled in large lecture classes feel that faculty members giving the lectures can know them only by student ID number. We cannot make Penn State smaller but we can facilitate the social interactions between students and faculty that will enable each to know the other a lot better.
The program runs each fall and spring semester. Each ECoS student is eligible to participate once per semester; faculty, however, may participate as often as they are asked and as long as their digestion holds up.
The ECoS Dean's Office will spring for lunch for up to three Physics (or ECoS) students and one physics faculty member at any one of the University's dining halls. Simply invite your professor and, after s/he accepts, arrive at 111 Ritenour Building to sign out a charge card to be returned by 5:00 p.m. that afternoon. Give it a try!