Glenville State University officials and students join Aramark Collegiate Hospitality representatives in cutting the ribbon on the We Proudly Serve Starbucks coffee shop inside Louis Bennett Hall at Glenville State. (GSU Photo/Kristen Cosner)

Grand opening held to showcase renovations to dining areas at Glenville State University

GLENVILLE, WV – Earlier this week, Glenville State University and Aramark Collegiate Hospitality celebrated the completion of months of renovations to the dining facilities on Glenville’s campus with two grand opening events.

Throughout the summer, the cafeteria and snack bar areas inside the Mollohan Campus Community Center underwent a $1.5 million transformation. The renovations include updates to the cafeteria serving and dining room areas, the addition of fresh casual restaurant chain Freshens, an updated grill, and a self-service convenience store. A ribbon cutting event took place on Tuesday, September 20.

Students wait to pick up their orders at the newly opened Cedar Creek Grill inside the Mollohan Campus Community Center at Glenville State University. (GSU Photo/Kristen Cosner)

As part of the grand opening celebration, both Freshens and Cedar Creek Grill B+F offered free samples of menu items including rice bowls, smoothies, flatbreads, and more. Students who visited the grand opening were also able to enter drawings to win several prizes and could pick up free giveaways.

A “We Proudly Serve” Starbucks coffee shop was also added to Louis Bennett Hall as part of the investment; it is located in the center of campus and is adjacent to the Pioneer Campus Store. On Wednesday, September 21, the ribbon was officially cut on the coffee shop, although it has been in operation since the fall semester began in August.

“These renovations are for the students – that was our main focus. We hope these new accommodations make their time on our campus more comfortable and give them more dining options,” said Glenville State University President, Dr. Mark A. Manchin. “I am very pleased with the result of these renovations – and I believe that the students are as well – and I appreciate everyone who was involved in the process.”

“It has been an exceptional week at Glenville State University. Pioneer Dining at Aramark is celebrating the completion of the renovations that took place over the summer of 2022. By adding Freshens, WPS Starbucks, Cedar Creek Grill, and with the addition of the residential dining hall, we feel that it enhances the student dining experience at Glenville State University. In addition, this will continue to drive not only employee experience, but the student experience across the university,” said Aramark Collegiate Hospitality District Manager, Brett Ridgeway.

Students and employees inside the newly renovated cafeteria at Glenville State University. (GSU Photo/Kristen Cosner)

Students, faculty, staff, members of the Glenville State University Board of Governors, and representatives from Aramark Collegiate Hospitality were all on hand for the grand opening events.

In August 2021, Glenville State University renewed its campus food services contract with Aramark Collegiate Hospitality, extending the partnership for the next 15 years. Aramark is a Fortune 200 company headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and operating in 19 countries on four continents. Their higher education programs serve over three million college and university students each year in North America.

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