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Press Release: DeSales to Dedicate New University Center Dining Facility, Thurs., Nov. 13
Date: 11/11/2003


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DeSales to Dedicate New University Center Dining Facility, Thurs., Nov. 13

Good photo opportunities, as festivities begin at 11 a.m. with flag raising and bagpipe music, ribbon-cutting ceremony, opening remarks and serving of "the first meal."

[NOTE: Father Bernard O'Connor, OSFS, president of DeSales, will be served "the first meal" by Robert C. Wood, chairman of Wood Dining Services, who started his career as a sous chef at DeSales almost 40 years ago.]

Center Valley, Pa. (Monday, November 10, 2003) - DeSales University will dedicate the new University Center Dining Facility at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 13. Festivities will include a flag raising and bagpipe music, an invocation, opening remarks, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the serving of "the first meal." Father Bernard O'Connor, OSFS, president of DeSales, will be served "the first meal" by Robert C. Wood, chairman of Wood Dining Services. Wood started his career as a sous chef at DeSales in 1965.

The Army Color Guard, Bethlehem Recruiting Station, will raise the flags. Bagpipe music will be provided by James B. Ruhf, Pipe Major of Celtic Fest Bagpipe Club and Official Piper for the Mayor of Bethlehem.

In addition to Father O'Connor and Robert Wood, the program will feature remarks by Greg Butz, president of Alvin H. Butz, Inc., and Robert Breslin, architect and chief executive officer of Breslin Ridyard Fadaro Architects. Thomas Campbell, vice president for development at DeSales, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Father John Hanley, OSFS, will give the invocation. Sally Harchuska, director of the dining services at DeSales, will perform the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Also, Kevin Davenport '04, president of the Student Governance Association at DeSales, and Kate Finnegan, president of the DeSales Class of 2004, will offer their reflections.

The new 26,000-square-foot structure, situated between the Billera Sport and Fitness Center and Dooling Hall, includes a 500-seat dining space with a large two-story window, a state-of-the-art food court, a kitchen, lounge, restrooms, a bridge leading to an out-door patio, and a parking area with 185 spaces. It will accommodate 1,600 students. A wireless computer network is available throughout the new $10-million building.

The University Center was designed by Breslin Ridyard Fadaro Architects. Construction was completed by Alvin H. Butz, Inc. The new dining facility will open for regular use in January 2004, for the spring semester. The food court will feature a variety of stations offering coffee and other beverages, a full salad bar, pizza and toppings, sauté items, "Frankie's Deli," and desserts. Operating hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Payment for meals will be made in cash or by using the new UniversityCard, a swipe card that is used like a debit card.


Press Release: DeSales to Dedicate New University Center Dining Facility, Thurs., Nov. 13 | Posted on: 11/11/2003

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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