Table Talk and Lunch Program

The purpose of Table Talk is to encourage interaction between undergraduate students and faculty over a shared meal, in a relaxed social setting. The fund is designed to assist faculty (not including TAs. Graduate students who are instructor of record ARE eligible) with the costs of entertaining students in their homes or other appropriate venues where there will not be interruptions from other students or groups. Accordingly, Table Talk is not intended for bringing treats into the classroom. You may request one reimbursement per class, per semester.  No alcohol will be reimbursed.

Total Number of Students  
1-19 $150.00
20-49 $250.00
50+ $350.00

To be reimbursed for your expenses, please complete this Table Talk Form. Once your event has been held, you must request reimbursement from Table Talk funds by submitting a Travel and Expense Report formand attaching scanned copies of your receipts.

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If you incur expenses in excess of the amounts in the table above, you may seek reimbursement for these from your discretionary account. Be sure to add your discretionary account number and also have the form signed by your department chair.

Any request more than 90 days old will be taxed, and the amount reimbursed will appear as income on your W-2 form. Reimbursement will be made as a direct deposit into your bank or credit union account by Accounts Payable, usually within two to four business days after Laurie Mastic’s approval. You will receive an email from the Accounting Office just prior to the deposit.

If you have difficulty submitting your Table Talk expenses through TravelND and are unable to get staff help from your department, please contact Laurie Mastic at 574-631-9468 or

Note: Table Talk funds and Meal Tickets are not available in the summer.

Lunch Program

The Lunch Program (formerly the Meal Ticket Program) enables faculty to have lunch with their undergraduate students in either of the dining halls. This is a great way to ensure that your students get to know you as well as each other.  We will fund 5 tickets to cover the cost of faculty lunches.  Students pay with their meal plans.  This is available to tenured, tenure track, SPF/teaching professors/professors of the practice, visiting faculty, adjunct, and graduate students who are instructors of record.  Teaching Assistants are not eligible.  Tickets will no longer be kept in the Office for Undergraduate Studies.  

These Value Meals will be purchased by faculty through Campus Dining for $35. The lunches are directly placed onto the faculty members ID Card and are good only throughout the semester purchased.  Once purchased, faculty will submit the charge for reimbursement through their TravelND, making Laurie Mastic the approver.  Once approved, the $35 will be deposited directly into the faculty members bank account.

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When a FOAPAL, or a ProCard, is used faculty need to send the receipt and their FOAPAL number to Laurie Mastic to reimburse the account used.

As value meals are not available to graduate students, graduate  students who are Instructors of Record will need to submit a request for tickets via email to Laurie Mastic, at least one week in advance of needing the tickets. Ticket eligibility is as follows:

Number of Students for all classes Number of Tickets Issued
4 or Less 2
5 or more 5