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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.

“Wave of the future”: EV charging station available at Student Center

Drivers of some plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids can soon charge their car’s battery on Georgia Regents University’s Health Sciences Campus.

A Signet 50kW DC Quick Charger station with two separate charge ports has been installed in the parking lot of the Student Center at 1459 Laney Walker Blvd., and it will soon be available for use.

The CHAdeMO (the trade name of a quick-charging method for electric cars) station, donated by Nissan, is compatible with Nissan’s all-electric Leaf, Mitsubishi i-MiEV cars, and with an adapter, some Tesla models. The CHAdeMO charger is also configured so that it could charge other types of electric vehicles in the future.

To charge their cars, drivers will be able to enter the Student Center parking lot from Laney Walker Boulevard, park in front of the charging station to the right of the building, and then plug the port into their car. There will be a $2 connection fee that will cover the first 30 minutes, and then the fee will be $5 per hour and will be prorated for each minute. Payment and driver solutions will be managed by Greenlots, greenlots.com. Greenlots offers a pay-by-phone feature, or they will supply a key fob to process payment.

Nathan Raith with Atlanta-based ChargeUp, the consulting firm which handled the project from start to finish, said the charging station is “top-of-the-line.”

“You can charge a car in 17 to 22 minutes with the 50 kilowatt output. It really gives the juice. The two different arms can fit most any vehicle on the road,” Raith said.

Georgia Regents University received the charging station with a grant administered through the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, which awarded 33 rebates totaling $278,386 to install the new stations across the state. Georgia Regents University was one of 18 state and local organizations that received the grant.

As a result of the Charge Georgia program, the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority expects an 18 percent increase in public charging infrastructure to be installed by July 30.

“This is a huge step toward showing Georgia Regents University is environmentally friendly,” said Facilities Services Manager Michael Summers. “It makes a huge statement.”

There are more than 220,000 plug-in electric and hybrid cars on the road today, with Nissan Leafs and Chevrolet Volts leading the pack. On the national level, gas-powered cars cost about three times as much per mile as electric cars, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

The 2015 all-electric Nissan Leaf has a battery range of up to 126 miles in the city. The 2015 hybrid Chevrolet Volt can run up to 38 miles on battery power before seamlessly switching to gasoline.

If saving at the pump isn’t enough to convince someone to purchase an all-electric or hybrid car, there are tax credits available to sweeten the deal. Electric vehicles may be eligible for a federal tax credit of up to $7,500.

“The market (for plug-in electric vehicles) is moving more quickly than the infrastructure. It really is the wave of the future. EV charging stations are the next Wi-Fi; if you don’t have one, you’re behind the times. I am excited Georgia Regents University is on board,” Raith said.

“This new EV station was a great collaboration between the Georgia Regents Facilities Services Department and the GRU Parking & Transportation Department. The two departments collaborated on the grant application and installation process and cost,” said Karl Munschy, Director of Auxiliary Administration.

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.

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.

Wellness and Fitness Center offer summer memberships

The Wellness Center and JSAC Fitness Center are offering a 2-month summer membership to faculty and staff for only $50. A membership allows access to both facilities for June and July during regular operating hours as listed below:

The GRU Wellness Center is open Monday through Thursday from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 5:30 – 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.

The JSAC Fitness Center is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To register, print the following  form ( http://mcgsites.org/report/files/2013/06/application.member.2013.pdf ) and take it to the Wellness Center with payment. Note that there are differences between what both Wellness Centers offer.  Memberships are not prorated.

Call Patsy Davis at 706-721-6800 or Dean Smedley at 706-737-1610 for more information.

Sign up now for JSAC reservation request training

As we all prepare for the upcoming changes due to our increased family size, we would like to take this opportunity to inform you about our upcoming plans for reservations.  We are in the process of changing reservation systems in order to provide a better overall service to everyone hosting their event in the Jaguar Student Activities Center (JSAC).  This simply means that the appearance of the online reservation process will look different in the coming weeks.

Many departments are accustomed to submitting reservation requests well in advance of their event dates.  In order to best accommodate everyone that may be planning for the fall and would like to submit requests early, we are offering a training schedule to provide information and field questions about the new online reservation system as it specifically pertains to the JSAC.  These sessions are scheduled for Friday, April 26, 2013 at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.  These are not to replace any additional EMS training sessions offered and this will not include a thorough training session about the new reservation system.   These sessions are for all departments, faculty, and staff that plan on requesting space in the JSAC for department sponsored events.  You may sign-up for a time using the following link:

JSAC Reservation Training Online Sign-Up Page

We are tentatively expecting to open online reservation requests on April 29, 2013.  At that time, you may submit reservation requests for the JSAC for the Fall 2013 semester only.  We plan to open the reservations for the Spring 2014 semester at a later date this summer.  We understand this may cause a slight inconvenience for some; however, we appreciate your patience and understanding while we transition to a new system.   Our intent is to make this transition as smooth as possible.

All requests to use space in the JSAC for the fall must be submitted online when the system becomes available on April 29.  We are not accepting any early requests prior to this date.

If you have any questions about this process, please save them for the reservation training session.