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Margaret Kennedy-Dygas, dean of the College of Fine Arts, serves up turkey to students during the Holiday Dinner at Nelson Court.

Photo courtesy of: Culinary Services

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Robert Frank, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, chats with students at the Holiday Dinner at Nelson Court.

Photo courtesy of: Culinary Services

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Culinary Services brings back Holiday Dinner tradition


With the holidays just around the corner and finals week approaching, Ohio University Culinary Services presented a special holiday meal for students and guests at each of the three campus Dining Courts/Halls on Tuesday, Nov. 19. University administrators were on hand to welcome students, mingle with them and serve food.

"It's Culinary Services' way of saying a personal thank you for being our guest and attending Ohio University. It's also a great way to start the holiday season," said Dan Pittman, assistant director of auxiliary sales. "OHIO's administrators were eager to participate and help us kick off this holiday season as well."

Among the usual Nelson Court foods available, there were also special holiday-themed options, including pumpkin soup, carved turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin rolls and bread pudding.

The holiday dinner, at one point, was a tradition for the University Dining Courts/Halls, but Pittman said that they got away from it. This year, they brought it back. At Nelson Court, a group of four administrators gathered to give their thanks, including College of Fine Arts Dean Margaret Kennedy-Dygas, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robert Frank, Associate Provost for Institutional Research Barbara Wharton, and Vice President for Finance and Administration Stephen Golding.

"I like what Culinary Services is doing in terms of creating an opportunity for students to have a holiday meal," said Golding. "This year, we hadn't really thought of having senior leadership participation, so when we heard about it, those of us who were available thought it would be sort of fun to come out, enjoy the students and enjoy the event. I think the students like to know that senior leadership is available and interested in catching up with them and getting their ideas."

The dinner also served as a means to spread a little holiday cheer.

"I think that this event definitely adds to the buzz of the holidays. It's a fantastic way to kick off the season while saying thank you for being a student or thank you for being a part of Ohio University," Pittman said. "Anytime you can add cheer to the holidays, it's a positive."