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April 3, 2013

RSU breaks ground on $4.9M dining hall

CLAREMORE — Rogers State University Foundation Board members, private donors, as well as faculty, staff and students gathered Tuesday for the ground breaking of a new dining hall set to open in the fall of 2014. 

The public event was scheduled after OU Board of Regents approved last week the $4.9 million project.
The project is being funded through donations, university funds and proceeds from revenue bonds issued through the Oklahoma Finance Development Authority. 
More than $2.5 million came through private donations, including $1 million from the H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust. 
“RSU continues to be transformed,” said  RSU President Dr. Larry Rice. “Transformed by leadership from our RSU Foundation Board, private donors and the government of OU Board of Regents. They have been so generous with their resources and time.” 
In addition, the Oklahoma Military Academy (OMA) donated $150,000 for the new facility.
Rice said the dining hall did not come about by accident.
“We sent students out along with Sodexo Foods, faculty and staff to area universities and they came back with a design for the facility.”
The new dining hall will be able to serve nearly 1,000 students and will also include a natural gas-powered generator for back up.
“We’ll be able to accommodate all of our on-campus students,” he said.
Vice Chair of OU Board of Regents Tom Clark said he sees RSU as quite a different world than when he first came to the board in 2001. “When I first started more than 10 years ago, the campus seemed to be run down but with the help of RSU’s two past presidents and this whole team, it has completely turned around,” said Clark.
The university currently has about 500 students living on campus, with plans to add another approximately 250 campus beds. 
With more students on campus, the greater need for more dining facilities. The new dining hall will offer expanded menu options in a more conveniently located setting, adjacent to the University Village student apartment complexes.

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