The College is
experiencing a
of retirements.

(Nearly 50% of its faculty must be replaced within five years.)

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How do we keep the tradition
of close faculty-student
engagement from being
SWEPT AWAY with the tide?


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Held in partnership with the Dean of the College, these dinners present a powerful opportunity to inspire new faculty during their first impressionable days at the University.

We begin by showing this film. Then, to turn inspiration into action, we give each new professor Boots Bucks, a budget of $200 to host a social gathering with students within 60 days.

A professor teaching "Arabic Delights" used Boots Bucks to take students to a Middle Eastern restaurant, where they compared the dishes to 10th century cookbooks they were studying.

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A music professor invited students to his home for listening parties; each student had to bring a piece of music to share.

A teacher of religious ethics held A Fair Trade Food Fest, where the students joined in to shop for an ethically-sourced meal, which they prepared together.


To make these Welcome Dinners for New Faculty an ongoing program, and to extend participation to schools beyond the College, we need to grow our endowment by $50,000.