April

Students enjoy lunch with Dr. B.

April 17, 2012

Lunch with Dr. B

HPU student Brian Webb, a Sociology major, right, chats with President Geoffrey Bannister, Ph.D., as they eat lunch at the Hawai‘i Loa campus Dining Commons, April 16.

KANE‘OHE — Hawai‘i Pacific University students lunched with President Geoffrey Bannister, Ph.D., at the Hawai‘i Loa campus Dining Commons, April 16.

Brian Webb, a Sociology major, said he visited the dining hall for a chance to speak to Bannister. He didn’t expect it to be “so informal” as he and the president ate and bantered. “It made me realize that he’s a cool guy,” said Webb.

“There’s a lot of food variety,” said Morgan Waltrip, a Marine Sciences major. She said she enjoyed the meal and the relaxed atmosphere at the dining hall.

“What I like about Dr. Bannister is that you go up to him and he’ll listen. He’s doing a lot for students, even today, when he came out here for lunch. Even though he’s busy, he took the time out to be with students and make us feel important,” Waltrip said.

Bannister complimented the “fresh, local produce” highlighted at the lunch. Items included locally grown greens. There were also fresh fruits and vegetables at the salad bar, and fish served as an entrée for those wanting healthy food choices.

Webb, Waltrip and other students can now cross out an item on HPU’s “Commuter Challenge” checklist, which is a list of suggested fun activities for students who commute to HPU. One item is “Have lunch with President Bannister at the HLC Dining Commons.”