Each year, the Honors Business Association (HBA) coordinates Dinner with a Professor (DWAP) events for BHP students. These are some of our most popular events. Students and professors enjoy getting to know one another outside of the classroom. For the professors, it is also a chance to share their interests and life outside of academia with the students. This month, two of the most anticipated DWAPs were held – the MIS professor event with Professors Agarwal and Konana, and the Finance professor event with Professor Beverly Hadaway. Below, two students who attended the events share a bit about the experience.
Management Information Systems Professors’ DWAP
Professor Agarwal turns on the black light. Professor Konana turns up “Dhoom Machale” on the speakers. These MIS professors surely know how to throw a dinner party.
Mere hours earlier, on Sunday, April 10, over 40 BHP students arrived at Professor Agarwal’s house for the annual Konana-Agarwal DWAP. The dinner started off with a few delicious appetizers. With samosas galore, students chatted with the professors and each other. After a while, Dr. Agarwal announced that dinner was served and students flocked to the dining room to get a plate of some delicious Indian food. Dr. Agarwal’s wife even made a homemade chickpea dish! Once everyone’s food settled, the party really got started.
Dr. Agarwal turned down the living room lights and brought out the black lights and some party music. The night started off
with some traditional Indian dancing and music. Dr. Konana even offered extra credit to whoever would dance at first. Then, after a bit, students danced to some throwback tributes like “The Cupid Shuffle” and “You’re a Jerk” with the professors. All in all, it was a great night full of delicious food, new friendships and some groovy dance moves.
-Written by Katherine Gaard and Tonya Chen
Finance Professor’s DWAP
“How do you stop this thing?!”
Jaiying’s panicked cry from the driver’s seat of a moving golf cart elicited limited alarm and rolling laughter from the group of BHP students gathered at Dr. Hadaway’s ranch and vineyard this past Saturday. This LWAP was one for the scrapbooks, and not just because of that picture that captures Jiaying’s golf cart driving skills (or lack thereof).
Dr. Hadaway gave the students a tour through her beautiful vineyard and vegetable gardens. Students also had the chance to try out their artistic abilities by decorating a tile for the LWAP, which has become somewhat of a tradition at this event over the past couple of years. The students chose to decorate this year’s tile with a drawing of Dr. Hadaway’s dog Bell. Their tile can be seen in the group photo above.
Indeed, Bell has a very significant role on Dr. Hadaway’s ranch; the ranch is named “No Rules Ranch” because of Bell’s newfound freedom upon her arrival at the ranch. On “No Rules Ranch”, Bell is free from traditional rules that encumber city dogs and is able to run leash-free to her heart’s content. Bell, however, is not the only one who has had a ton of fun at that ranch; the students who were able to attend this year’s event can definitely attest to that!
-Written by Jena Mrochek