Monday, December 22, 2014

OU project gets $1M-plus gift

By The Herald Staff | 4/23/2014

A gift from a corporate donor this week served up smiles on the Ottawa University campus.

Sodexo, the university’s Olathe-based food service provider, announced this week a $1,250,000 gift toward OU’s new dining commons, which now is under construction at 1001 S. Cedar St., Ottawa. Part of the new Gibson Student Center, the facility is expected to house a state-of-the-art industrial kitchen, food court-style food service, restaurant-style seating, an expansive outdoor dining area, and an adjacent concession facility located a short distance from Peoples Bank Field, the university said.

Sodexo helped develop the concept for the dining space, OU officials said previously.

“We are looking forward to our continued partnership with Ottawa University,” Christine Krin, Sodexo general manager, said, “and can’t wait to start serving students in the incredible new facility. This gift is Sodexo’s way of demonstrating our commitment to OU and the investment it has made to quality food service. We are very proud to collaborate on this important project.”

Terry Haines, OU provost, lauded the gift as a leap forward for the project and the university’s students.

“Sodexo’s generosity has given Ottawa University a significant boost in providing the high-end amenities and updated options desired by today’s student,” Haines said. “Their gift positions them as a partner in our pursuit of delivering an exceptional student experience. Sodexo’s employees not only provide quality food service on a consistent basis, but they also demonstrate a deep care and personal commitment to our students and staff. We are so grateful for all they do and the wonderful value they add to this campus.”

The new dining facility is scheduled for completion in August — in time for students’ return for the fall semester, the university said. 

Demolition of the adjacent Mowbray Union is expected to follow the OU’s May 10 commencement, so construction on the new Gangwish Library can begin, with a scheduled completion date of August 2015.

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