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Tech moves forward with newly renovated Tech Table

October 21, 2017

 

Scott Maggio

Staff Reporter | smm105@latech.edu

 

Students stand in line in the newly renovated cafeteria. – Photo by Jonathan Shaul

 

On September 21, Louisiana Tech held its ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Tech Table in its Student Center that featured food sampling, gift giveaways and a live DJ. Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker, Les Guice, board members, Jim King and major Aramark employees were on hand for the renovation ceremonies.

 

The event started with the ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. and lasted until 2 p.m. Throughout the four-hour ceremony, multiple gift cards and prizes were raffled off. One Tech student won a FitBit and another won a flat screen TV.

 

“It was a very good turnout by not only students but people in the community,” Ivey Miller, Aramark marketing coordinator, said. “There were so many people we actually ran out of samples and there were long lines for everything throughout the day.”

 

New additions to Tech Table include: meals cooked in front of the students, fresher and better quality foods, two new food stations, all day breakfast bar, home zone station, increased seating, WIFI capabilities, more USB outlets and a more open building to attract more students. The renovation process started as soon as school ended in spring 2016 and was ready in time for when school started in the fall.

 

Despite the Food Court closing down, almost all of the places have been relocated or moved inside of Tech Table. Chicken Bowl has been moved inside of Tech Table from Kickin’ Cajun on its normal Wednesdays for lunch. Sushic and Burger Studio have been moved inside of Tolliver Hall beside McAlister’s. Despite Wing It being removed, Tech Table will be having wing nights in the future to replace Wing It.

 

“I think the new renovation to the cafe is a big step in modernizing our campus to becoming more and more appealing to students,” Austin Brannon, a senior clinical kinesiology major, said. “Expanding and adding additional seating helps the cafe to become more appealing to the students on campus.”

 

“Dr. King, his staff and Aramark started working with various organizations last fall to accommodate the students’ needs so they would enjoy the cafeteria more,” Miller said. “Throughout the renovation process, retail has gone up some and everyone is very impressed with Tech Table.”

 

Aramark bosses have also been very impressed with the renovations and how the students have responded. There have not been too many negative responses coming from students about Tech Table.

 

More changes are in the works and themed nights are in the works for the future. Tech Table is looking to hold events in the cafeteria and on campus to get students involved for different food nights throughout the rest of the year.

 

“We are glad the students enjoy the changes that are being made and we hope they continue to give us feedback so we can help improve the student’s Tech Table experience,” Miller said.

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