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Students check out new College Union

service next week with tours, open house


Tours   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 2006.

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