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LVC Community Celebrates Traditional Thanksgiving
11.19.12 |
Lebanon Valley College faculty and staff joined students in a Thanksgiving celebration with the serving of the annual family-style traditional dinner. More than 30 LVC employees volunteered to serve the meal.

Students were treated to a formal table setting and a dinner including turkey, ham, rolls, apple cider, sweet potatoes, corn, green beans, and pie. View photos from the dinner by clicking here.

Todd Snovel ’06, associate director of student activities and engagement, described the annual dinner as “one of the things most cherished to students at LVC. When I was a student here, students actually camped out after their last afternoon class to wait for the dining hall to open.”

It’s evident that the excitement surrounding the tradition has continued to thrive. “I attended the school-wide Thanksgiving dinner as a freshman, and I really enjoyed the experience and I wanted to make sure I came back and did it again before I graduated,” said Missy Zellner, senior history and historical communications major.

Jenna Dutton, senior English literature and communications major, was attending the dinner for the first time and said it was “cool to see the faculty in a social setting and also serving us – it’s fun to be in charge of them for a little bit.”

For a video recap of the Thanksgiving dinner tradition and thoughts on this year’s event, visit the LVC YouTube channel.

Alumnus Tom Busteed '09 described his LVC pride in an email and how he treasures the way the College builds bridges and trust "between students and professors as well as the community." He recounts his own Thanksgiving tradition experience when he was a student just a few years ago:

"The dining hall with its usual plain tables and chairs with florescent lighting was transformed into a banquet room. The tables were covered with cloth table cloths and had beautiful centerpieces. It was the one time a year that the school would bring out the fine china and the heavy weight silverware with cloth napkins.The President or the Dean or someone would welcome us. Then the Chaplain would offer a prayer once the student body was seated. But what was most amazing was what happened next. We did not have to go through the food line this one night a year because our professors would go into the kitchen and bring to each table huge platters of hand carved turkey and real mashed potatoes and all the other fixings of a Thanksgiving feast. And then the professors and administrators kept refilling those platters until they would bring us desserts of Pecan Pie, Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie and coffee and tea. This was the most meaningful meal of the year and I looked forward to it even more than going home for actual Thanksgiving Day with my family."

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