By Nicolette Cox
No need to load your plate — your professor will be happy to pile up pancakes for you at the annual end-of-semester late-night breakfast next week.
The Office of Student Activities will host the annual free meal in the Smith Dining Commons on Dec. 6, starting at 10 p.m. The event provides students with a meal after normal dining hall hours and a break from studying for finals.
And, the meal gives students an opportunity to communicate with faculty and staff — who volunteer to carry trays, serve food and fill drinks — in a different way.
Josh Justice, assistant director of student activities and Greek life, said the event has been a tradition at UVa-Wise since the 1990s when L. Jay Lemons was chancellor.
About 250 to 300 students typically attend the event, and 20 to 25 faculty and staff offer to serve, he said.
Typical fare includes pancakes, biscuits and gravy, fruit, doughnuts and muffins.
“Students always look forward to this event,” Justice said. “It is indeed one of the most popular events we do.”
Justice said the breakfast is his favorite event of the year.
“I love the interaction with students,” Justice said. “Students really appreciate the event, enjoy a hot meal and some brief stress relief before exams.”
The breakfast will be held from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., but everyone will be served “until the last person in line is through,” Justice said.
In previous years, students have arrived around 8:30 p.m. for the event, he said.
Faculty or staff who would like to help serve should contact Justice at email@example.com.