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Aug. 16, 2013
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Renovated cafeteria at Student Union amazes students

Baldwin City, Kan. — Members of Baker University's conference championship cross country teams were the first to arrive early Friday morning at the renovated cafeteria in the Student Union on the Baldwin City campus. The runners were impressed by the transformation, completed in the three months since the students left in May for the semester break.Pat-Long-greets-students3forweb

The new dining hall, phase one of the Student Union renovation, features stations similar to the food court at a shopping mall. Students, faculty and staff will have several daily options available, including pizza and pasta, classic entrees, vegetarian, grilled food, international, dessert and beverages. A $1.1 million lead gift from donor Susanne Richardson Teel spearheaded the project.

"I feel the environment is more in sync with college life," said Vincent Tadokoro, a junior from Lee's Summit, Mo. "The atmosphere is more café-ish. I love the layout because it is more open. You can picture yourself spending a lot of time here."

Megan Rosa, a senior from Olathe, Kan., is thrilled to enjoy the dining hall for her final year at Baker. She especially liked the larger coffee mug to start her day.

"It is awe-inspiring and so different from my first three years here," Rosa said. "I love the new furniture and new layout. It seems more like Baker with the orange tile and furniture. I am impressed the project was completed in a short amount of time. Since I was here before the renovation, I will appreciate this area so much more. This will be a great recruiting tool."

Baker President Pat Long was the first person to greet the students in the cafeteria. She also took time to savor freshly brewed coffee and an omelet.

"This is an amazing facility and will change Baker forever," Long said. "I am so grateful for all of our donors. We did it right. Walking in and seeing the students' reaction make it all worth it. We needed a place for our students to hang out and gather. We feel this is the place."

Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.