Alumni/Host Information

Host and students at Dinner with Eight Bears

Fall 2023 host registration

Host a dinner for current Missouri State students to attend during the fall semester. The time, location, topic of conversation and meals are chosen by the alumnus/a host. You will cover the cost of the meal.

Please select a day between November 5 - 11 to host your dinner for eight.

What to expect

The time, location, topic of conversation and meal are chosen by the alumnus/a host. As the host, you'll decide the details, including:

  • preferred group size
  • school audience preference
  • co-hosts

Hosts cover the cost of the meal; however hosts may receive in-kind donation credit (receipts required) for the cost of providing the meal.

Making the most of your Dinner with Eight Bears

Consider the theme.

  • What topics of conversation are you interested in? (Networking, particular career fields, student involvement, study abroad experiences, etc.)
  • Are there specific types of students you want to talk with? (First-generation college students, non-traditional students, fraternity-sorority life, etc.)
  • We’ll include any special interests in your dinner’s profile to help attract students who have common interests. 

Decide on the number of students you want to host.

  • Eight is just a suggestion—you decide what is comfortable for you. You may consider allowing a few extra spots at the table as students sometimes have to cancel. 

Consider a co-host.

  • To help ensure you have a good student-to-host ratio, we ask that you have at least one co-host, and that at least one of you be a Missouri State graduate. If you need help finding a co-host, we have alumni volunteers that would be happy to join you. 

Consider the productive outcome of your dinner.

  • What valuable takeaways do you want students to leave with? Structure your conversation toward that purpose.

Start with an icebreaker

Take a picture of your group and share it on our Facebook and Twitter.