Van reinstates all-you-can-eat breakfast

Category:  News
Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 at 3:40 PM

Edinboro University dining services have reinstated the all-you-can-eat breakfast option in Van Houten’s south dining hall. The change came after parents and students, confused about the recent decision to eliminate the building’s breakfast option due to renovations, complained to dining services, according to an email sent out by Eric Sheppard, associate vice president of financial operations, sent out on Sept. 5.

“Despite our attempts to share this information with all transparency, it appears that we have some students and parents that have been caught off guard and are not satisfied with the current group of food choices, particularly as it applies to the very important meal called breakfast; as a result, I want each of you to know that we have heard you,” Sheppard said in the email.

“We tried our absolute best to make sure that no one was surprised coming in,” Shepperd said in a later interview.

Email communication was sent out to students who were listed as incoming freshman and current students who had a spring 2017 meal plan. In addition to that, a letter was also sent out.

The renovations began early this semester after administration, including President H. Fred Walker, discussed plans and accepted bids from contractors through the spring of 2017 and into the summer.

“We wanted to make sure that students have the best dining experience possible,” said Sheppard. “Lots of the other PASSHE state system schools have made renovations to their dining services, which I’m sure helps them with recruiting and retention efforts, and we want to do the same thing.”

Funding for the project was drawn from university funds, and it is estimated to cost around $400,000 to $500,000.

“Renovations will be mostly cosmetic,” Jeff Seevers, senior director of dining services, said.

“We’re developing a plan right now for a new dining facility that will be part of the library structure, but that’s still a year, or two, or three years away so we thought in the meantime we should do something to at least improve Van Houten until we get to the next ultimate thing that we’re trying to do,” Sheppard said.

In making the initial decision to cut breakfast at Van Houten, officials determined that it was the least attended meal of the day and were not anticipating the reaction.

Since breakfast has been reinstated in Van Houten South, the meal is served buffet style in chaffing dishes warmed by Sterno heaters. Hours between meals were cut to reduce the time that the heaters were burning.

Renovations are expected to be complete in January at the start of the spring semester.

Shayma Musa is the copy editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at 

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