Partnership leads to improvement of student dining facilities

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Partnership leads to improvement of student dining facilities

July 20, 2009

A new partnership between Northwestern Oklahoma State University and its food service provider, Chartwells, will provide students with improved dining options and facilities.

Northwestern and Chartwells recently lengthened the term of its existing contract to provide dining services to the Alva campus. As part of the agreement, Chartwells will invest in equipment and facility improvements in both Coronado Cafeteria, the main student dining hall, and in the snack bar located in the Student Center. Northwestern also will invest in the project.

“First and foremost, Chartwells has done a great job in providing dining and catering services to our students and employees,” Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president, said. “We are very pleased that Chartwells, through its investment in services and facilities, is expressing confidence in the direction of Northwestern and in its efforts in recruiting and retaining students.

“The improvements that are underway should provide a new level of service and comfort to our university community and guests. We are committed to providing our students with the services and amenities necessary to make campus life a great experience.”

In Coronado Cafeteria, upgrades include new ceramic tile throughout the area, a tall seating area featuring taller tables and barstool-type seating, and a soft seating area that will allow students to dine in a more casual, socially-inviting area. To complement the new seating areas, Northwestern will install wireless internet connectivity in the cafeteria.

The snack bar in the Student Center will be redesigned and new ceramic flooring will be installed. Northwestern will expand the ceramic flooring area to include the commons area and hallways.

Chartwells will focus its dining services on two new concepts, Coyote Jack’s, featuring traditional grill-type foods, and Mondo subs, a made-to-order sandwich station.

“The project will certainly enhance the look of the Student Center, which is one of our most public spaces on campus,” Cunningham said.

“Chartwells is very excited about all of the renovations and the new concepts that will certainly provide for more student satisfaction,” Ted Robinson, director of dining services, said. “We also are encouraged by the confidence the University has shown by the extension of our contract. We look forward to many years of helping Northwestern to grow and flourish.”

The renovation projects are expected to be completed before the fall semester begins on Aug. 17.