UM Davidson Honors College Provides Home Dinners for New Students

October 19, 2017

Brock Tessman, dean of UM’s Davidson Honors College (front), poses with students attending a First-Year Dinner at his home.MISSOULA – Many students miss the comfort food of home once they arrive at college, but first-year students in the University of Montana’s Davidson Honors College receive a remedy for that – home-cooked meals provided by the DHC dean and other supporters.

In September and October, new honors college students are invited to the homes of Brock Tessman, the DHC dean, and Lauren and Tim Descamps, longtime supporters of the college.

“These are some of our favorite evenings of the year,” Tessman said. “The DHC will always have our academic mission as our core, but the First-Year Dinners always remind me that one of our most important functions is to connect fantastic students with one another, and to serve them as a home away from home.”

During each dinner, 20 to 30 students meet outside the honors college before being whisked away to an off-campus home for the two-hour meals. All dinners are cooked by Tessman’s wife, Kristen, or Lauren Descamps. The menu usually consists of something like spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and Dilly Bars.

“Our goal is to get our students some warm comfort food that they can enjoy while making connections with other DHC students and our local supporters,” Tessman said. “Sometimes they also get to interact with my daughters, Frankie and Leona, so that’s an added bonus.”

DHC offers the intensive learning environment of a small liberal arts and science college within a larger research university. The college is open to students of any major and provides special opportunities for students to enhance their learning and leadership skills within and outside the classroom. For more information visit


Contact: Brock Tessman, UM Davidson Honors College dean, 406-243-2541,