West Virginia University sophomores and juniors can enjoy a free pasta dinner with a side of dinosaur discussion when WVU s Faculty Dinner Series resumes next week.

Thomas Kammer, Eberly College Centennial Professor of Geology, will give a talk,Extinction of the Dinosaurs and Why YOU are Here Instead,at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the Mountaineer Room of the Mountainlair.

Kammer, who has taught geology and paleontology at WVU since 1982, has published research on marine animals and their environments from the Mississippian period. He is co-director of WVU s Geology Field Camp.

The Faculty Dinner Series is a Student Affairs Sophomore/Junior Year Experience initiative. The program brings students and faculty together in a comfortable, intimate environment, where they can enjoy complimentary meals and informal conversation with professors.

Tuesdays menu includes baked ziti, sautéed vegetables, tossed salad, rolls and coconut or blackberry pie.

WVU sophomores and juniors interested in attending the event should e-mail ” Kelli.Eisentrout@mail.wvu.edu rel=nofollow> Kelli.Eisentrout@mail.wvu.edu to reserve a space.

Marjorie Fuller, director of WVU s Center for Black Culture and Research , will give the next Faculty Dinner Series presentation April 15.

To learn more about the Sophomore/Junior Year Experience, visit http://sophomorejunioryear.experience.wvu.edu/ .