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As work on the Younger Family Campus Center continues, we wanted to share some details about what we'll all find inside when the facility re-opens this August.

The campus center renovation is part of the $12 million [Un]Common Ground campaign. To date, $10.3 million has been given or pledged, including $7 million toward the campus center.

The campus center will feature some amazing new spaces for students, employees, alumni and visitors, and food/drink options will be changing significantly. Meal plans for students will remain the same, so students will be getting a lot more options at no additional cost.

The Daily Grind coffee shop will be located on the lower level in the area that had housed the Pub. Features will include:

  • A wide selection of food including subs and wraps (which can be heated in our new turbo oven), mini-pizzas and breakfast sandwiches.
  • Milkshakes, malts and all of the popular drinks you've come to love.
  • The popular Grab and Go will be located here, due to student requests.
  • A large bar area and other seating so people can gather, giving this space a true coffee shop feel. This will be a popular spot on campus to hang out!

The new bar/grill will be called The Pub, as we bring back that popular name. It will be located on the second floor near the steps as you arrive on the second floor. Features will include:

  • An expanded menu of a la carte food, including all your favorites from the Muskie Grill, along with more salad/healthy options and subs made to order.
  • A full bar which will feature craft beers.
  • A variety of seating – from high tops to booths – that can accommodate small and large groups. This will be another popular spot on campus to hang out!

Some other important food notes:

  • There will be a Muskie Mart convenience store, located across from the student success area (more on that shortly).
  • Our kitchen will be using more fresh ingredients in meals. "We toured almost a dozen other schools to see how they do things, and no one will be making meals like we will," said Mark Wagner, director of foodservice.
  • Fresh stir fry made to order will be offered a couple times each week for lunch, and the popular Sizzlin' Salads will sometimes be available on weekends in the Pub.
  • We're adding a three-tier pizza oven which will provide a variety of homemade pizzas and calzones.
  • We're keeping the relationship with JB's in Howards Grove and the Wednesday deal with Domino's Pizza due to student requests.

The new Lauer Center for Student Success & Development (the former campus shop) will be the home to the student success team and career readiness and cooperative education offices. The area will be named for longtime faculty members David and Lynne Lauer, who came to campus in 1968 and retired after 38 years of positively impacting countless students.

The student success area will include a workspace with whiteboards for students and a large video screen that will display a calendar of events and other announcements. The campus shop will remain in South Hall for the immediate future.

Surrounding the campus center welcome desk will be a large student involvement area that will include four flex rooms that students can reserve at no cost for group projects, meetings, interviews, etc., as well as an ideas studio that will be fully wired for users' technology needs. Student mail will be picked up from the welcome desk. This will all be housed in the area that had been the info desk/Daily Grind/student success.

The campus center will also include lots of lounge space, booths and other places for students or employees to hang out.

Some highlights of the campaign include:

  • A lead gift for the campus center from an anonymous donor.
  • Gifts from Sargento, the estate of LaVerne Carter, the Boldt family, Johnsonville Sausage, the Brotz Family Foundation, the Bradley Foundation and Kohler Co.
  • More than 1,000 individual donors to date.

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