The first U of A Breakfast Club of the semester, which allowed 25 students to meet with President Ann Weaver Hart, kicked off Thursday morning.
At the breakfast, held in the Ventana room, Hart stopped at each table in order to speak with all of the students in attendance, according to Katy Murray, president of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona. Both Hart and Murray would speak briefly on the tradition they hoped to set on campus with this event, Murray explained.
“I think it’s great not only for Dr. Hart to learn from, but also for students,” Murray said.
The idea for the breakfast club came in July and has been in the works since the beginning of the fall semester, according to Murray.
There were about 40 applicants for the first breakfast, despite the short time frame of a week to get the application live, due to the availability in Hart’s schedule.
“For a week turnaround, I think we got the word out to a lot of people, which was awesome,” Murray said.
Ideally, two student breakfasts’ will take place every semester, Murray said. Applications for the second breakfast, on April 23, will be sent out soon in order to give students more time to fill them out, Murray added.
“I think the biggest benefit, honestly, is that not only does it give our administration an up close and personal feel of what students are thinking, what their ideas are and what their passions are,” Murray said. “But it also helps to inform students what big things are coming up for the university and what big issues are coming up that we have a chance to make an impact on.”