Students check out new College Union
service next week with tours, open
Monday & Tuesday: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 4-6 p.m.
Open House Wednesday: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Students get a sneak peek of their new dining facilities March 12-14
with two days of tours and an open house. They’ll get to use much of
their all-new College Union after spring break, when they will find
tempting choices for meals, conversations and shopping.
From the huge, shiny Servery and all-new kitchen equipment to the pizza
oven and the magnificent, bright Haist Commons to the comfy Oaks and the
Campus Store … students will see it all next week, said Chris Garber,
associate vice president.
And, at a Wednesday, March 14 open house tailored just for them,
students will get tips on using The Servery, a whole new concept in
college food service in the Midwest.
For the tours on Monday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 13, students will
gather in front of the College Union, on the East Street side. The
continuous 20-minute tours of the entire first floor are scheduled from
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. each day.
Students also are invited to an open house of The Servery and
kitchen from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 14. Students will be able to
check out all the new stations, where cooks will prepare their food
fresh, right in front of them, just like at home. The goal is to provide
healthy culinary experiences with hospitality, said Chris Yeadon, MC
director of food services for Chartwells.
Serving areas are interchangeable, so “everything can be anything,” he
said. The Mongolian Grill and the Trattoria, for example, will rotate
their offerings using myriad capabilities of each station .... perhaps
a taco bar one day, a sizzling Asian salad the next. Of course, students
will find traditional comfort food – mashed potatoes and chicken, for
example – in The Kitchen. The Baker’s Crust will serve up to-order deli
food. At my Pantry, students can pour their cereal, make waffles, ask
the cook to prepare an omelet, and find many other quick choices.
Meal plans will remain unchanged for the remainder of spring semester,
and soon, plasma TVs will display menus and other information.
Work begins during spring break on reconstructing the second floor of
the College Union, as contractors continue on schedule toward a
mid-summer completion of the entire $7.5 million project. Plans for a
fall dedication ceremony are under way. Construction began in April