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Breakfast at Midnight? It’s a BPC Tradition
BPC Director of Marketing
What do you get when you mix students who need a break from studying for finals
with staff members willing to get into the kitchen after hours to scramble
eggs, flip pancakes, and grill some bacon and sausage?
One of the most memorable experiences you’ll
find at Brewton-Parker College.
The BPC Residential Restaurant opened its
doors last Thursday night, May 4 for the traditional “Midnight Breakfast,” where
students and staff come together during a stressful week to relax and enjoy
good food and good
Members of the BPC staff serving as cooks
arrived for duty at approximately 8:00 p.m. They tied on their aprons, grabbed
skillets and spatulas, and – with
the help of some of the staff from ARAMARK Corporation (the company responsible
for providing all meals on campus) – went right to work preparing the
evening’s menu of traditional breakfast favorites.
A sight usually reserved for the day after
Thanksgiving – shoppers lining
up early in the morning at their favorite stores hoping to snatch those spectacular
after-Thanksgiving bargains – could be found outside the Residential
Restaurant door as students began gathering thirty minutes before the scheduled
10:00 p.m. opening.
Once students were allowed inside, some of those who cooked also worked as
servers while other members of the BPC staff joined their cooking counterparts
in the serving line.
Those serving as cooks were Pamela Davis, Vice President for Advancement;
Josh Hartley, Assistant to the Dean of Students; Brad Kissell, Executive Dean
for Enrollment Services; and Juanita Kissell, Director of Counseling Services.
Those joining the cooks in the serving line were Dr. David Smith, President
of Brewton-Parker and his wife, Jackie.
For the staff members who take part in the
event, it’s a time to have
some fun with the students outside the regular workday routine.
“The ‘Midnight Breakfast’ is the most anticipated event
for BPC students each semester,” said Josh Hartley, Assistant to the
Dean of Students. “It’s a chance for the staff to stay up way past
their bedtime and serve the students in the midst of their primetime. For the
students, the ‘MB’ (Midnight Breakfast) is a break from their studies
and a final opportunity for some to gain the ‘Freshman 15.’ Between
the students and staff, it’s really hard to guess who enjoys the experience
The early arrival of students to the breakfast
is a testament not only to the power of the stomach but to the desire to
want to just take part in the
tradition of it all. For some BPC seniors, the “Midnight Breakfast” has
been a rewarding part of their collegiate experience.
“The ‘Midnight Breakfast’ is a wonderful opportunity given
to help students to come together to relax during a stressful time in their
lives,” said Andrea Gaston, a senior Psychology major. “I have
been grateful for this opportunity over the last four years of my attendance
at BPC, and it’s one of the many reasons I’m glad I came here.
I love it because it’s a chance to get together and hang out with friends
and to see different staff members in a fun and free atmosphere.”
Jared Register, a sophomore Music major,
also views the “Midnight Breakfast” as
a welcomed break during finals week.
“The ‘Midnight Breakfast’ is a great time to spend with
friends amidst the stress of final exams,” said Register.
And all who take part in the late night feast receive something in return.
“Everyone takes something away from it,” said Josh Hartley, “whether
it is a smile or heartburn.”
The Brewton-Parker College “Midnight Breakfast” is
held at the end of the fall and spring semesters each academic year.