Marquette University welcomes students back to class with free breakfast, snacks

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Marquette's president, basketball coaches and the co-owner of Sendik's were ready to welcome back hundreds of hungry students excited for school on Monday, Aug. 30.

"I got a fruit parfait and a granola bar," Marquette junior Alice Pittard said adding it was a nice way to start the day.

Pittard, who commutes to campus. was one of many students who stopped by Sendik's Fresh2Go to pick up a quick snack.

"These are probably my lunch for the day, to get me through class," she explained.

"The opportunity to chat for a few minutes with our student body and ask them how they're doing and good luck on their classes is what we're all about here," MU Head Women's Basketball Coach Megan Duffy said.

Four-hundred breakfasts were donated for the students through a partnership with Sendik's.

And one-by-one Marquette's President Michael Lovell helped pass them out.

"The energy and the excitement from the students and just the whole campus is alive," Lovell said.

Junior, Ivan Rojo had just dropped off his siblings to school before commuting to campus.

"It's good to see them. It's good to have a face after a name," Rojo said.

One of those names, head men's basketball coach Shaka Smart.

This is Smart's first season at Marquette.

Today is also the first day of workouts for his team.

"Any time you get a chance to be on campus and be around the kids that make the campus so vibrant, especially coming off of last year," Smart said. "It's a great thing to be out here."

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