SNHU and Sodexo Transform Campus' Culinary and Dining Experience

Monday, January 11, 2010
SNHU Communications Office


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Gregg Mazzola                            
Southern New Hampshire University            
Phone: 603.629.4649                                                               
Email: g.mazzola@snhu.edu                          
   

Southern New Hampshire University and Sodexo
Transform Campus’s Dining and Culinary Experience

Manchester, N.H. (Jan. 11, 2010) – Southern New Hampshire University and Sodexo, Inc. invite media members to the university’s new Dining Center dedication on Friday, Jan. 15. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at noon. Tours will be available every 15 minutes.

The two-story, $13 million, 47,700-square-foot Dining Center, built by Bedford-based Harvey Construction Corp., will seat 632 and will incorporate a restaurant-style dining experience. Sodexo, SNHU’s food service provider since 2008, will introduce a new array of culinary options ranging from international dishes in the Euro to flat bread pizzas in LaTrattoria to the Global Cuisine area that features a Mongolian grill.

"The new Dining Center is so much more than a new place to eat. It provides a variety of study and social spaces. Its function rooms allow us to host larger audiences for a broader range of events,” said SNHU President Paul J. LeBlanc. “The boldness of its design and its location mark a new and revived campus center around which so much activity will orbit. It's a perfect building from which to launch the next phase of SNHU's institutional life."

The Dining Center features many green components including a Web-based energy management system that allows for daily temperature regulation. Occupancy sensors for lighting efficiency, auto-flush urinals and enhanced HVAC systems were also installed to maximize the building’s sustainability capacity.

“Sodexo celebrates the ability food has to bring people together” said Tom Post, Sodexo president of campus services. “The ambience and culinary offerings at the new dining facility at Southern New Hampshire University reflects what students today want: a variety of world cuisines that are sourced and served in a sustainable way, that wow them and provide plenty of healthy options – all served with a smile.”

Parking will be available in Lot 2 near Robert Frost Hall and Lot 9a behind the Hospitality Center. View campus map.

Please visit The Dining Center online to learn more about the new building, view downloadable images and its variety of food options.

About Southern New Hampshire University

The university has approximately 1,900 traditional, full-time undergraduate day students and a total enrollment in all divisions of about 9,425. Programs are offered on campus, online and on location at our centers in New Hampshire and Maine. The university offers programs in business, community economic development, culinary arts, teacher education, hospitality management and liberal arts.

About Sodexo, Inc.
Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com), a member of Sodexo Group, is a leading provider of Comprehensive Service Solutions serving more than ten million customers daily in corporations, health care, long term care, retirement, schools, higher education, government and remote sites. Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., Sodexo, Inc. operates in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, with $7.7 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees. The Sodexo Foundation (www.SodexoFoundation.org) is an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $12.7 million in grants to fight hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog here.

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