Food in the Library?

Nov 3, 2010

In response to student and staff feedback, Sodexo Dining Services on campus will open the 'Simply To Go' café in Kettering's Library Nov. 17 and expand its hours of operation.

Kettering University students and employees will now have on-campus food and drink options from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. with the opening of ‘Simply To Go’ Café in the Library in mid-November and new hours for the Sunrise Room and Sunset Retail.

‘Simply To Go’ will be located in the Kettering Library in the Academic Building and will feature Aspretto coffee service and other bottled beverages, as well as a selection of grab and go food options.

“This will be a great option for students in the Academic Building if they can’t make it to get something in the Campus Center,” said Kimberlee Milton, general manager of campus services at Kettering for Sodexo, the university’s campus dining partner.
The Café will have a soft opening Nov. 8 and then a grand opening at 1 p.m. Nov. 17.

Kettering President Stan Liberty and Greg Lepore, district manager for Sodexo in Michigan, will speak and there will be light refreshments at the public event.

The Café is the result of a collaboration between Sodexo Dining Services at Kettering and Dr. Matthew Sanders’ Industrial Engineering Capstone class for the fall term of 2009.

Sanders, professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, had his students analyze dining services at Kettering in order to make appropriate recommendations on various aspects of the facility operations.

After 10 weeks of research and investigation that included customer surveys, time studies and on-site visits, the students presented their findings and recommendations with regard to three areas: Sunset Room Optimization, Mobile Cart Implementation and Baler/Recycling Feasibility.

Their recommendations included renovation of existing physical facilities and expansion of hours in the Sunset Room dining area and the addition of the ‘Simply to go Café’ in the Library.

The student involved were: Anthony Gosur, Cedric Starks, Christopher Thomas, Dhivya Srinivasan, John Schaub, Julia Boersma, Kate Oyster, Katherine Cross, Matthew Fessler, Matthew Hicks, Michael Smith, Sean Barunas, Stephanie Jorgensen and Tevita Skeine.

Prior to the opening of the Café, Sodexo operated at two locations on campus, the Sunset and the Sunrise Rooms located in the Campus Center. The Sunrise Room caters to resident dining and the Sunset Room caters to retail dining.

Written by Patrick Hayes