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Phase one of Student Center dining services expansion nearly complete

Phase one of the dining services expansion in the Student Center on the Health Sciences Campus is nearing completion, and phase two is well underway.

Students returning to campus on Monday, Aug. 17,  will find Starbucks open in addition to Simply-to-Go food options like pre-wrapped sandwiches and salads. Chick-fil-A will return, as well, with a mobile cart during lunchtime hours.

The Atrium Food Court will be open for dining in.

Phase two plans call for the addition of a full-service, cafeteria-style food line that will offer hot entrees, a salad bar, display cooking, a dessert bar and more.

The food line will be constructed on the first floor in the Atrium Food Court.

This comes in anticipation of the fall 2016 opening of the new student housing complex, which will house more than 700 undergraduate and graduate students combined.

“Once complete, the renovations will serve as a perfect complement to the new housing facilities located just yards away. Combined with the campus recreation opportunities at the Wellness Center, the site will serve as a hub for the entire GRU community,” said Dale Hartenburg, Assistant Vice President of Student Services.

The footprint of the Student Center won’t change, but the interior is undergoing a remodel to accommodate the new food line and to improve the overall aesthetics.

The first floor of the Atrium Food Court will retain its traditional, but refreshed, table-and-chair seating while the second floor will offer lounge space with couches and TVs.

The new venue will offer full service by fall 2016.

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While you were gone: A brief list of what’s new at GRU

If you were off campus for the summer – or just too preoccupied with the heat to pay attention to what’s going on around you – you’re probably noticing a few changes.

Change is one of the constants here at Georgia Regents University, and though it can be a little startling at times, we’re pretty fortunate to be growing the way we are. As the state’s newest comprehensive research university, we’re becoming something truly unique by building upon the solid foundations of our legacy institutions. It’s not always easy, and some of it is far from convenient. But what we’ll have in the end will be the world-class university we’re all envisioning.

A major component of a world-class university is student housing, and if you’ve been to the Health Sciences Campus recently, you’ve probably seen the stair towers of two new residence halls rising up from the ground behind The Student Center. Soon, the wood framing will begin. On schedule to open in the fall of 2016, the undergraduate residence hall and graduate residence hall will house 700-plus students combined.

Beginning at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, students will move into the existing housing at University Village and Residence 4. Traffic delays are expected, especially around Residence 4 on the Health Sciences Campus. Traffic delays are also expected on and around Laney Walker Boulevard as work continues to improve the road and motorists are detoured to 15th Street, R.A. Dent Boulevard and Walton Way.

A direct line for student housing questions is 706-729-2300.

Construction is ongoing on the Laney Walker Boulevard improvement project, which is on track to be completed by early 2016. The project will improve the safety and aesthetic of the 0.36-mile-length of Laney Walker between 15th Street and R.A. Dent by narrowing the road from four lanes to two, adding raised crosswalks and new landscaping buffers. Bike lanes will also be added in each direction. The improvements will decrease pedestrian travel from curb to curb and reduce the number of pedestrian mid-block crossings.

To check the status of campus projects, visit the Facilities web page by clicking here.

Phase one of The Student Center dining services expansion is close to completion. Starbucks, Simply-to-Go and Chick-fil-A will return with a few surprise options, and the Atrium Food Court will be open for dining in. Once phase one is complete in September, phase two will begin which involves new flooring, updated finishes and furniture renovations to the dining area and second floor of the Student Center. Phase two will be complete in Spring 2016.

A new, direct shuttle from University Village will accommodate students on a four-night meal plan, and the attached Wellness Center, which celebrated a renovation earlier in the year, will have extended hours at the beginning of the school year.

And the beginning of the school year will also see an increase in some of our important student health services. Student Health will continue to have extended hours at the beginning of the year to help students after 5 p.m. The Counseling Center has hired a new director and psychologists to provide greater mental health services. All counseling appointments will be scheduled through the Summerville office, but the counseling staff will be available on the Health Sciences Campus in Student Health to see students.

And while parking is one of those issues that always gets people talking, parking at the Health Sciences Campus has gotten safer with the addition of new parking lights installed in Lot 69/70. Earlier in the year, 220 parking spaces were added to the lot, bringing the total to 310 spaces. The lot is served by the Jaguar Express Gold Route, which serves the seven stops of the southern area of the Health Sciences Campus.

For information about transit system routes and a link to the Traxx transit information app, click here.

 

Expanded dining services coming to Student Center

Georgia Regents University is expanding dining services in the Student Center on the Health Sciences Campus.

The design process is not yet complete, but plans call for the addition of a full-service, cafeteria-style food line that will offer hot entrees, a salad bar, display cooking, a dessert bar and more.

The food line will be constructed on the first floor of the Student Center in what is known as the Atrium Food Court.

This comes in anticipation of the fall 2016 opening of the new student housing complex, which will house more than 700 undergraduate and graduate students combined.

The footprint of the Student Center won’t change, but the interior will undergo a remodel to accommodate the new food line and to improve the overall aesthetics.

The first floor of the Atrium Food Court will retain its traditional, but refreshed, table-and-chair seating while the second floor will offer lounge space with couches and TVs.

The new venue will offer full service by fall 2016.

Subway grand opening

The Subway Café on the Health Sciences Campus is celebrating its grand opening on Thursday, Aug. 21.

Buy one, get one free subs all day!

The Subway Café is located in the Faculty Office Building on Harper Street across from the Children’s Hospital of Georgia and features the traditional Subway menu items but also includes a coffee bar with Seattle’s Best coffee, cappuccino, and coffee house baked goods.

Normal hours of operation are:
Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

What’s New at GRU Dining?

Chic-fil-A is now featured every Friday at lunch in the Allgood Cafe on the Summerville Campus.

Laziza Mediterranean Grill Food Truck will now serve the Summerville Campus every Wednesday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. near the fountain at the main entrance.

Mein Bowl and AFC Sushi will open in the Atrium Food Court in the Student Center on the Health Sciences Campus in mid-February.

Construction will soon begin on a new Subway in the Faculty Office Building on the Health Sciences Campus.

GRU Dining Hours of Operation
Summerville Food Court in the Jaguar Student Activities Center
Starbucks: 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Freshens: 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Stacks Deli:
Breakfast: 7:30–10 a.m.
Lunch: 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
La Vincita Pizza: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
WoW Café: 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Allgood Café
7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Health Sciences Student Center
Starbucks: 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Please visit grudining.com to view menus, hours of operation, promotions, meal plan information, catering, and the latest news.

Starbucks Grande Opening to be held on Health Sciences Campus

Faculty, staff, and students are now able to get their caffeine fix at the Starbucks located in the Student Center on the Health Sciences Campus. In celebration of the coffee franchise’s new home, there will be a “Grande Opening” on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 8:30-10 a.m.

“We are very excited to bring Starbucks to the Student Center on the Health Sciences Campus with our food services partner, Sodexo,” said Karl Munschy, Director of Auxiliary Services.

In addition to Starbuck products, customers will also be able to purchase a selection of baked goods and “to go” sandwiches and salads.

“Starbucks was the number one concept desired by the students, faculty, and staff in the Quality of Life Survey conducted by Brailsford and Dunlavey last year,” he said.

Starbucks’ hours of operation on the Health Sciences Campus are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The addition of Starbucks is the first of many changes in the operation of food services at Georgia Regents University. According to Munschy, Chic-fil-A will expand its menu and transition to a better location within the Student Center in early spring. Joining Starbucks and Chic-fil-A will be Mein Bowl, an Asian concept that includes Sushi.

“A Subway will open on Harper Street in the Faculty Office Building in early spring as well,” added Munschy.

Health Sciences Food Court to close temporarily

The Health Sciences Student Center Food Court will be closed temporarily as it undergoes renovations. We have provided some answers to questions you may have about the closure and food offerings on the Health Sciences Campus.

Food Court Closure Q&A

When will the Student Center Food Court be closed?

The Health Sciences Student Center Food Court will temporarily close beginning on Sept. 16 to allow for the installation of some great new dining concepts.

Does the closure of the food court mean the entire Student Center will close during the installation?

No, just the food concepts. The JagStore, the Wellness Center, and all offices will continue with their regular hours of service.

What food options will be available for faculty, staff, students, and employees while the renovations take place?

There will be a food truck on site in front of the Student Center that will feature Mediterranean food. The Chick-fil-A will continue to offer service in the Student Center. Also, the “Hot Dog Guy” will continue to offer service on Laney Walker. And, of course, everyone is always welcome to dine in Terrace Dining on the 2nd floor of the Medical Center.

What new dining concepts will be available after the installation?

The Health Sciences Student Center Food Court will feature a Starbucks, Mein Bowl, Sandella’s Flat Bread Cafe, Simply To Go, and Chick-fil-A. After we reopen, we will begin calling the Student Center Food Court the “Atrium Food Court.”

Will the current dining concepts still be available after the installation?

We will continue the relationship with the “Hot Dog Guy” and with Chick-fil-A.

What’s the estimated date of reopening for the Student Center Food Court?

We are certainly hoping to reopen before the start of the Spring Academic sessions. It is likely that the Starbucks will open first, followed by the other concepts.

What other renovations will take place in the Student Center?

That is it for the Health Sciences Student Center, but we are adding a Subway in the Faculty Office Building on Harper Street and several new concepts at the Summerville Food Court.

Sodexo selected to provide quality of life services to GRU

Sodexo, leader in Quality of Life services and partner to more than 850 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, has been selected by Georgia Regents University to provide dining services and construction management for the University’s Augusta campuses. In this role, Sodexo will use its culinary, wellness and sustainability expertise to create exceptional experiences for GRU’s more than 9,500 students over the next five years. Sodexo will continue serving the Summerville Campus and begin serving the Health Science Campus in August.

“We are thrilled that Sodexo presented a significant investment and an impressive portfolio of branded food concepts during the competitive bid process for campus dining,” announced Karl Munschy, director, GRU Auxiliary Services. “The brands that were proposed align well with the findings previously presented by Brailsford and Dunlavey, our Quality of Life consultants. We look forward to a strong partnership with Sodexo as we continue to develop world class services and amenities for our University community.”

Sodexo is recognized throughout North America and the world for its innovative work with campus dining programs, but the company is also a recognized leader in corporate citizenship efforts including sustainability, diversity, business ethics and food safety.  Sodexo is committed to reduce waste, conserve water, provide locally grown and sourced foods and materials and to engage in green cleaning practices in all food service and facilities management client sites globally.

“Sodexo is on top of the latest campus dining trends and look forward to providing Georgia Regents University with a dining program that fuels both the body and the mind,” said Tom Post, president, Sodexo Education-Campus.  “By combining our world-class dining program with our focus on sustainability and student wellness, Sodexo will enhance the overall learning environment on campus.”

GRU Dining is excited to bring several new dining concepts to the GRU campuses in Augusta. At the Health Science Campus, Sodexo will add Starbucks We Proudly Brew, Sandella’s® Flatbread Cafe, Mein Bowl, and Simply To Go to the Student Center and Subway will be added to the Faculty Office Building. Eateries coming soon to the Summerville Campus’ JSAC Food Court include World of Wings, Slice of Life and Subconnection.

“We are really excited to have the opportunity to serve Georgia Regents University,” explained Steven Derrick, District Manager, Sodexo Education-Campus. “We look forward to introducing a lot of great new services and programs on campus.” He also pointed out, “Although students are our primary focus, we are also excited to work with the faculty, staff, administration and the entire Augusta community to create the best dining program possible.”

About the Eateries

Starbucks We Proudly Brew: The We Proudly Serve Starbucks Coffee program offers a range of hot and cold specialty coffees in mild, medium, bold and extra bold flavor intensities that have been selected, blended and roasted from the finest growing regions in the world. Committed to ethically sourcing and roasting the highest-quality Arabic Coffee in the world, the WPB Starbucks location will also offer hot chocolate and Tazo™ Teas to perk up your day or complement your meal. Website:www.starbucks.com

Sandella’s Flatbread Café: Exclusive to Sodexo, Sandella’s offers delicious wraps, paninis, quesadillas, grilled flatbreads, salads, rice bowls, and more. Using only the finest ingredients, the flatbread recipe is all-natural, fat-free, trans-fat free and low in calorie. In fact, all of the flatbread menu items contain no trans-fat. Sandella’s prides itself in offering premium quality, healthy conscious food that also tastes great.  Website: http://sandellas.com/

Mein Bowl: Mein Bowl gives customers an authentic Asian meal with a variety of ethnic options, including Chinese, Korean, Mongolian, and Thai. With three meal sizes, you can choose your portions too – including traditional and vegetarian entrees.

Simply To Go: Simply Made Fresh Daily – Simply to Go products include perfectly proportioned salads to fill you up without weighing you down, classic sandwiches and wraps, healthy veggie and fruit cups, and irresistible treats in guilt-free portions. STG by Sodexo offers quality food that’s ready when you are, combining freshness and convenience on the run.

Subway: Eat Fresh ™  With more than 40,000 locations around the world, Subway®  serves a diverse offering of salads, flatbread sandwiches, soup, and pizza. They also offer a delicious breakfast menu featuring coffee, fresh egg and egg-white-styled sandwiches, yogurt, muffins, and other baked goods. The Subway® FRESH Fit™ menu options and sides meet the demands of today’s consumer with convenient, healthier eating options. Website: www.subway.com

WOW American Café & Wingery: WOW Café is a World of Wings. New Orleans inspired, WOW American Café & Wingery is passionate about the sauce, sound, soul, and spice of Southern Louisiana. Serving the highest quality food with the freshest ingredients, WOW’s menu includes a variety of sandwiches and wraps, burgers, salads, quesadillas, and a variety of appetizers and sides. The specialty, of course, is wings, which come with your choice of eight different sauces. The American Café will also offer a breakfast menu, weekdays from 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Website: http://www.wowcafe.com/

Slice of Life: Slice of Life by Sodexo is the best place to find some seriously good hand-tossed pizza made from fresh, quality ingredients – served fast. The menu also includes hearty oven-baked subs build on toasted Italian rolls, baked pasta dishes, salad, and fresh baked bread sticks. And you guessed it; pizza is served by the slice. Now that’s amore!

Subconnection: It’s more than sandwiches. In addition to our made-to-order subs, we also offer a handful of crowd favorites, including wraps and flat bread sandwiches. We’re you’re connection to the perfect meal with breads that are baked daily, fresh produce, high-quality meats, and lifestyle choices that include salads and under 500 calorie subs. Menu choices range from healthy to indulgent, throughout the day, SubConnection is your go-to for that meal that fits your lifestyle. And we focus on the “U” in both our logo and customer because the brand is all about meeting customer’s needs and expectations. Website: http://www.subconnectionsubs.com/