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University Dining Center 'Ribbon-Cutting' Set for Feb. 3

President Richard Davenport to cut a ribbon cake to celebrate opening of new building.

2017-02-02
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 2-2-2017

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will hold a ceremonial cake “ribbon-cutting” ceremony for its $31.4 million University Dining Center (located on the corner of Maywood Avenue and West Road) at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Media members are encouraged to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony and are welcome to take photos of the dining center’s food stations and dining area. There will be a photo opportunity of Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport and others cutting the “ribbon cake.” The event is invitation only and not open to the public, as limited seating is available.

“We look forward to celebrating the opening of this remarkable University Dining Center with our students,” said Davenport. “This new dining center will provide our students with a variety of fresh, healthy food choices and many menu options for those with food allergies and specific dietary needs. We are also proud of the facility’s many state-of-the-art sustainability features, including food composting and waste reduction that encourage responsible stewardship of our resources.”

Davenport will provide welcoming remarks at a short program. Other speakers will include David Jones, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at Minnesota State Mankato; student Faical Rayani, president of the Minnesota State Student Association; student Alysia Przybilla, president of Minnesota State Mankato’s Resident Hall Association; and Cindy Janney, director of Residential Life at Minnesota State Mankato.

“In the University Dining Center, our students can choose fresh, healthy options that are customized to order,” said Janney. “They can see all aspects of food preparation while having a conversation with the person who is preparing their meal, then sit down to eat with friends in a beautiful, sustainably designed space. This space supports student success!”

The new dining center has the capability of serving a projected future demand of more than 3,000 students in 49,075 gross square feet of residential dining space. The University’s previous dining facility, Carkoski Commons, was designed to serve 1,800 students in 22,155 gross square feet of residential dining space.

The state-of-the-art University Dining Center is a 61,849 gross square-foot facility that opened to students on Jan. 9. The construction cost of the building was $25,496,000 and the project cost was $31,406,500. Funding for the project was through revenue bonds, and residence hall room and board fees will pay the debt service on the bonds. A ceremonial groundbreaking was held May 5, 2015, and construction began in June 2015.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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