During a formal presentation on Monday, April 21, 2014, Sodexo made a gift of $1,250,000 towards Ottawa University’s new dining commons that is currently under construction. The new facility will house a state-of-the-art industrial kitchen, food court style food service, restaurant style seating, an expansive outdoor dining area, and an adjacent concession facility conveniently located towards Peoples Bank Field. The new dining commons is an important part of the Gibson Student Center being named in honor of Ottawa benefactors Marguerite and the late Raymond C. Gibson.
“We are looking forward to our continued partnership with Ottawa University,” said General Manager Christine Krin, “and can’t wait to start serving students in the incredible new facility. This gift is Sodexo’s way of demonstrating our commitment to OU and the investment it has made to quality food service. We are very proud to collaborate on this important project.”
Joining Krin on campus to present the check were Sodexo District Manager Ben Hartley and Regional Vice President Jeff Lataille, who made the presentation to OU President Kevin C. Eichner, COO (College) Keith Johnson, and University Provost Dr. Terry Haines.
“Sodexo’s generosity has given Ottawa University a significant boost in providing the high-end amenities and updated options desired by today’s student,” said Haines. “Their gift positions them as a partner in our pursuit of delivering an exceptional student experience. Sodexo’s employees not only provide quality food service on a consistent basis, but they also demonstrate a deep care and personal commitment to our students and staff. We are so grateful for all they do and the wonderful value they add to this campus.”
The new dining facility is scheduled for completion in August 2014, in time for students’ return for the fall semester. Demolition of the adjacent Mowbray Union will take place following commencement on May 10, 2014, so that construction on the new Gangwish Library can begin, with a scheduled completion date of August 2015.