After the same 10 students — nine of which are SA members — showed up to Dean Runner’s lunches for the sixth time in a row, the Office of the Dean of Students brainstormed ways to get different sects of the student population involved in student-admin conversations. One of the ideas provided was a romantic lunch with Dean Runner to compensate for distraught post-Valentine’s Day sentiments, as well as to console students lacking common connections to celebrate the initiation of the guest pilot program in person. 

The Campus Times was recently given access to some of these internal communications. Below is the text from an email draft:

Good afternoon,

You are invited to join Jeff Runner, Dean of the College, for a romantic walk in the park on April 1, 2021 10:00 p.m. – 2:45 a.m. The goal is to bring a group of students together to have a chance to intimately share their thoughts, ideas, and concerns with Dean Runner and each other. It also offers a chance for you to get to know your Dean and his… priorities. Please only sign up once. We’re begging you. This is targeted to SA-affiliated students (both current and former). 

Please note that these sessions will be held several times throughout the semester and will be limited to 10 students to ensure that the group is able to interact with each other and with Dean Runner. If you are interested in attending, please sign up here:

Since this will be an in-person gathering, please meet Dean Runner outside of Lattimore Hall. Please remember to bring your mask and a rose, and to adhere to social distancing guidelines given by UGA. If you have any questions, please contact Denise Logory at

Stay safe –


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