Monday, August 04, 2014

NASSS 2014: Take a student to lunch!

Greetings NASSS community! We invite those of you heading to Portland this fall to consider participating in the annual Take a Student to Lunch event scheduled for Friday, November 7. This is a great opportunity for graduate students attending the conference to meet and get to know professors. Students regularly report that their experiences are very positive, and faculty have also expressed their enjoyment of this social networking event.

Please complete the registration form online at You can also email Grad Reps Dain TePoel and Letisha Brown at with any questions. In order to have enough time to organize this event and make the best possible matches, please submit your form by Friday, October 24.


In order to make Take a Student to Lunch the best experience possible for both faculty and graduate students, we have decided to streamline the sign-up process. A primary list of faculty-student pairings will be posted at the conference based on the forms received by October 24. Any forms received after the October 24 deadline will not be guaranteed a faculty-student matchfor the lunch on the primary list. 

In the past, there has been some flexibility with signing up for the lunch on-site until nearly the last minute. At times this has led to some confusion, rearrangements, additional students per faculty member, and delays. There is only a brief amount of time allotted for students and faculty to greet each other, make some introductions, find a spot for lunch, eat, and head back for the next session of presentations. Please, kindly plan ahead!

Those who miss the deadline but still wish to participate will largely be responsible for making their own arrangements. We will do our best to help facilitate on-site matches between students and faculty, but the pairings based off forms received by the October 24 deadline will not be altered. Avoid the last-minute hassle by signing up now at

Thank you!

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Dain and Letisha at We look forward to seeing you in Portland, Oregon!

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