The Leonard Fund supports small-scale student-faculty interaction by reimbursing faculty members for entertaining small groups of students in a mealtime setting. Additionally, students may use this fund to invite a faculty member (and his or her spouse, if desired) to share a meal with a small group of students. The donor defines "small" as a group not to exceed 6-8 people, even when multiple faculty members have been involved. Pre-authorization by the Office of Academic Affairs is required for any use of the fund.
Formal Specifications for the Leonard Fund
"To promote informal contact between students and faculty. An example might be a professor inviting a small group of students home for a meal, with the fund paying for the groceries. This fund is based on the premise that the faculty and staff of HMC are interesting and thoughtful people of good character, and that informal social contact will benefit all concerned. When a professor makes the effort to provide hospitality to students, he should not suffer financially for his good intentions.
The fund is intended to be low-budget. The appeal of funded activities should come from the pleasure of the companionships.
The fund does not pay for alcohol.