Happenings: Moonlight Breakfast

Moonlight Breakfast serves up egg-cellent study break for Bobcats

Texas State faculty prepare and serve breakfast favorites to students at the Moonlight Breakfast.

By Catherine Harper

With books stacked high and tension even higher, finals week at Texas State is a stressful time for students. On Tuesday, Dec. 6, students can blow off steam before finals at Texas State’s annual Moonlight Breakfast — yes, breakfast at night — at Jones Food Court from 9-11 p.m.

For nearly 30 years, the Moonlight Breakfast has served as a staple for students to unwind with friends over a comforting morning meal cooked and served by Texas State faculty and staff.

Since its institution at Texas State in the 1970s by former campus food service director Len Felder, the Moonlight Breakfast has become a tradition among students and faculty before the semester’s end.

Each year, Texas State faculty and staff prepare morning fare according to their expertise — with favorites such as pancakes, eggs, potatoes, bacon or sausage, donuts, fresh fruit, OJ and coffee — and serve the food with a smile to help students enjoy a relaxing and fun study break.

According to Amanda Villanueva, graduate research assistant for Texas State’s Department of Housing and Residential Life, students can replenish their focus before finals at the event with a little help from food, friends and faculty.

“[Moonlight Breakfast] is a great opportunity to help de-stress right before finals take place,” Villanueva says. “The hot meal served by their cheerful faculty and staff, coupled with the camaraderie of their peers helps give students that extra boost they may need to tackle their final exams with a little extra energy.”

She adds that the faculty members who volunteer to help with Moonlight Breakfast are “the most important part — they really run the whole show.”

To further alleviate stress and headaches caused by studying, students can draw in coloring books and on butcher paper-covered tables provided by Texas State’s Campus Activities, gathering with friends before they part ways for the holidays.

According to Villanueva, the Moonlight Breakfast helps students take a load off so they can do their ultimate best on final tests.

“At the heart of Texas State is the student,” Villanueva says. “We want to show that each student is important in our community and without them we wouldn’t be here. By cooking a hot, free meal for them we hope the students experience how much we appreciate all the hard work they put in this semester and we hope to get their holiday season [started] off right.”

Breakfast is provided and sponsored by Texas State’s Department of Housing and Residential Life, Chartwells, the LBJ Student Center and the Student Health Center.

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