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November 13, 2009
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University gathers for turkey, family

Courtesy of Nick Stephenson
Gaggle of guys-- A table of students gathered for a previous year's Thanksgiving Dinner. This year's Thanksgiving Dinners will take place on Thursday, Nov. 19 in Evert Dining Hall at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
The university will host its 29th annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 19 in Evert Dining Room. The dinner will be split into two seatings, one at 4:30 p.m. and the other at 6 p.m.

The communal holiday meal was first celebrated at Susquehanna in 1978.

The dinner is open to all students, who can organize a table of friends and sign up for either seating of the meal by presenting their student identification cards at the registration table.

Registration for the event will take place outside of Evert Dining Hall on Monday, Nov. 16 and Tuesday, Nov. 17, during the lunch and dinner hours, and on Wednesday, Nov. 18 during the lunch hour. The cost is $9.70 and can be paid for with a meal plan, Flex
dollars or cash.

"The dinner is a great way to bring the campus together as a family, since Thanksgiving is such a family-oriented holiday," said junior Darcey Peterson, the Student Marketing Intern for Aramark Food Services at Susquehanna.

Bob Ginader, the director of food services for Aramark at Susquehanna, revealed the approximate quantity of food that has been ordered to create Thanksgiving Dinner. That information can be found in the graphic accompanying this article.

Peterson pointed out another aspect of the meal that students look forward to, which is sitting down and having their meals served to them by members of the university faculty and staff and their spouses.

According to Ginader, the professors and staff members volunteer to serve at the event through the office of food services. They then act as waiters and waitresses throughout the event by greeting and helping seat the students, carrying dishes of food to their assigned tables and replenishing food for the students throughout the event.

This year, there will be about 65 faculty and staff servers, Ginader said.

Peterson said that having the faculty and staff members serve the students helps make the meal "extra special, because it makes it feel like are equals, like [we are all] part of a big family."

Adding to the feel of a family gathering is the toast at the beginning of the meal that has become part of the Thanksgiving Dinner tradition, delivered by President L. Jay Lemons. Each table is provided with a bottle of sparkling cider to be raised at the end of the toast.

"He's kind of the father of the campus," said senior Rachel Villano. "It's really nice that he takes time out of his busy schedule to be there. He gets his whole family involved too, and it makes it feel like there is just one, big SU family."

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