Over 1200 students attended DePaul’s first Midnight Breakfast during fall quarter finals week, 40 percent of which were commuter students. The November 14 event gave students the opportunity to take a break from studying, enjoy a complimentary late-night meal and meet DePaul’s new president, A. Gabriel Esteban, PhD, and his wife, Josephine. Over 70 university faculty and staff volunteers, including the president and his wife, served food to hungry students from 9:00 p.m. until midnight on the second floor of the Lincoln Park Student Center.
“Midnight Breakfast allowed faculty and staff to connect with each other in a fun, unique way--in a way that might not usually happen,” says Office of Health Promotion and Wellness director Shannon Suffoletto. “Faculty and staff were so excited to have an event like this, especially because they had experienced similar events at their colleges when they were students.”
Dr. Esteban shared the idea for the breakfast with vice president for Student Affairs, Eugene L. Zdziarski, II, PhD, early in the fall quarter. Zdziarski agreed to take it on, and asked Student Affairs staff to form a planning committee. The committee ultimately consisted of Suffoletto, James Lee of Chartwells, Joe Mroczkowski of Student Centers, Courtney James of the Office of Student Involvement, and Rod Waters of Residential Education.
All students were invited to attend the event. In addition to food, students enjoyed interactive stations from the Office of Student Involvement, where students made pillows, spun a prize wheel or decorated picture frames.
Midnight Breakfast’s positive reception ensures it will return as a tradition next year, and the planning committee looks to expand its university partnerships. For any questions regarding Midnight Breakfast, contact the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness