Why did we need a new University Center?
A new campus center was planned to meet the evolving needs of students and to improve the dining facilities on campus. Student feedback for a number of years has consistently noted the inadequacies of space at the current Woodard facility, the crowded conditions resulting in long lines at Seacobeck, and the minimal student office space in Seacobeck.
What will the new University Center offer?
The new University Center was envisioned to be the “campus living room.” When complete, the entry level will offer a warm and welcoming space, with ample “soft” seating and a working fireplace. Level by level, the building will contain:
Ballroom; Catering Office; Meeting Rooms
Campus “Living Room”; Career and Professional Development Center; Retail dining including Qdoba Mexican Grill and Jamba Juice; Info Desk
Student organization offices and meeting spaces; James Farmer Multicultural Center; Center for Honor, Leadership and Service; Student Involvement Offices; conference rooms
Resident Dining at the University Center will occupy the entire fourth floor and offer nine separate serving stations. For one meal swipe diners can enjoy unlimited buffets that include burgers, pastas, pizzas, deli sandwiches, home-style entrees, international dishes, salads, breakfast features, and allergen-free “Simple Servings.” Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available at every meal.
* Will the dining room space be larger?
The dining spaces will offer seating to more students at one time than can currently be accommodated in Seacobeck.
* Will the faculty/staff dining room be included in the new building?
In order to provide the most possible space for student dining, the faculty/staff dining room is planned to remain in the Seacobeck facility as a catered location.