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 Dining Services cooks up new plan to improve Boozel's services 

 

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 2, 2007
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Dining Services cooks up new plan to improve Boozel's services

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Boozel Dining Hall will receive a new entrance and reconfigured interior to accommodate 27 percent more students under a plan approved by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors. Booth seating and a grab-and-go snack area are also in the works.

            The $6.7 million remodeling is scheduled to begin summer 2008. The renovation was necessary to better accommodate students living in the new suite-style residence halls nearby, according to Debra Pincek, assistant to the vice president for student life.

            "With the housing shifting to that area of campus, we're already feeding more students than we have in the past few years," Pincek said. "There will be no walls restricting movement and no centralized service area creating bottlenecks. We're going for more of an uptown feel, with casual seating in the entrance and booth seating."

           The University will revitalize the appearance and function of the 36-year-old facility. When completed, Boozel will feature newly designed food stations, deli, breakfast and salad bars. A new entranceway will include a seating area with new furniture, snack bar and new restrooms.

           SRU will create more dining area by knocking down the walls that currently separate Boozel's two dining rooms and remodeling the facility into one large dining area.

            Seating capacity will increase from 550 to 700 students, she said. "Our meal counts have increased up to 50 percent since last year,"  she said.

            Students will eat at Weisenfluh Dining Hall or Rocky's Grille during the Boozel renovation, which is expected to last nine months, Pincek said. SRU plans to extend hours at Weisenfluh to accommodate more students and is looking at other measures, such as portable kitchens at the University Union, to help reduce crowding at mealtimes.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.

 

  

           

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