Just for today, September 11, 2012, Sister Francis Raftery, College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) president, wearing a red baseball cap, joined the CSE Cabinet members and other administrative personnel, who left their desks and paperwork behind. They donned hairnets, aprons and gloves to serve lunch to students in the Rose Dining Hall on campus. The energy and enthusiasm in the room were contagious. When entering, music, laughter, and animated conversation greeted all.
Brian Fluck, Chartwells assistant food service director, said, “We’ve been doing this for five years. It gives students a chance to interact with the administration outside a classroom setting.” He and his staff look forward to it every year – and they are not the only ones. In charge of the hot food serving station with Sister Francis, Carol Strobeck, CSE interim vice president and dean for academic affairs, wearing a fashionable black hat, said that they were enjoying serving good, healthy food.
This year’s event merged Administration on the Line with the CSE Eagles Pep Rally where sports teams were individually introduced to the assembly. Students received information about CSE’s sports teams such as their schedules, as well as a raffle drawing for tickets to the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) games. Freshmen Shantae Robinson, ’16, Psychology, and Brianna Fedorich, ’16, Biology, said that this was a great way to have fun and meet members of the different CSE teams.
Jessica Mohebbi, ’13, foods and nutrition, a senior who has attended previous Admininstration on the Line events, said, “It is a great way to see what CSE is all about, understanding CSE as a College and its community aspects as a whole.”
Chartwells, which caters the CSE Rose Dining Hall, advertised today’s event as “Thrills, Spills (and Oversized Portions).” There were probably all of these occurring simultaneously with good feelings all around. Deborah McCreery, CSE vice president, institutional advancement, summed it up, “This is an opportunity to meet the students in a more relaxed environment – being with them, serving them.”