Everyone deserves to be surrounded my friends and family for Thanksgiving, and this year the Buford Center is helping make that happen for some students.
A Thanksgiving lunch will be held today in the Alumni Memorial Union’s Multipurpose Room before the holiday break. The meal will be served to international students, faculty and staff, and even students who aren’t going home to be with family.
Eileen Rucki, program coordinator for the Buford Center for Diversity and Service is excited to host this event for the second consecutive year. Unlike last year, this year’s lunch will feature assigned seating so that everyone gets to meet someone new. Cards set on the tables will have questions on them, asking things such as what their favorite holiday is, to encourage students and faculty to get to know more about each other during this meal.
“It’s a really nice opportunity for people to sit and share and just talk about the holiday,” Rucki said
Faculty and students will enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, and as Rucki said, “more pie than you could ever imagine.” Many people are involved in supplying the food. Sodexo will cater the meal, faculty and staff were asked to bring a dessert, and University President Katherine Fell, Ph.D., will pay for a portion of the food items. All the uneaten desserts will be donated to City Mission, a homeless shelter in Findlay.
Rucki is expecting a good turnout, since last year 220 students and faculty attended.
The Buford Center and the president’s office support this event.