New dining facilities officially open to great response
President Gordon Gee recently led the WVU community in officially cutting the ribbon on new on-campus dining facilities, as well as toasting to all who made the renovations possible.
WVU Dining Services reopened the Fall semester by presenting students with two dining hall renovations – Café Evansdale and Hatfield’s – as well as a brand new Chick-fil-A at the Health Sciences Center, a transformation of JACs into coffee shop Jazzmans, and façade work at a few other dining locations.
“I ran into a group of students … and we were talking about what is happening at the university,” President Gee said during the ribbon cutting held at the end of August at Hatfield’s. “The first thing they mentioned was the new Hatfield’s. They said it just makes everything feel so fun and fresh. And it really does. It’s amazing what a renovation can do.”
Gee lauded the renovations of the dining facilities across campus, and expressed his gratitude for the partnership between WVU and Sodexo, which took over dining operations at WVU in September 2018.
“We want you to know that we are tremendously appreciative of that partnership,” Gee said.
After Gee - standing alongside Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Rob Alsop, Dean of Students Corey Farris, Senior Associate Vice President of Auxiliary and Business Services David Beaver, WVU Dining Services Regional Manager Stephen Miller and WVU Dining Services General Manager Richard Hampton – cut the ribbon to officially open the newly renovated Hatfield’s, he moved over to Jazzmans, raising a cup of coffee in a toast to all those who made the renovations possible.
“None of this would have been possible without gratitude, collaboration, cooperation,” Gee said, adding a toast to the dining services staff. Gesturing to Culinary Director Eric Filburn, Gee said, “Your team makes it work every day, and for that we’re grateful.”
Across campus, at a ribbon cutting at Café Evansdale, Farris echoed Gee’s comments, saying that the response to the renovations, along with the food, has been great.
“Students are absolutely thrilled,” Farris said. “I’m excited for what tomorrow will bring because it’s just so much better than the past and it’s only going to get better.”