Residence Hall and Dining Hall Formally
|The Dining Hall served baked treats iced with the UTD logo.|
|UT Dallas President David E. Daniel pays a visit to the waffle bar.
|Darrelene Rachavong, the University's vice president for student affairs, cuts the ribbon for guests entering the Dining Hall.
|Matt Grief, the University’s director of housing operations, unveils a plaque commemorating the Residence Hall's completion.|
With special guests, speeches and plates of waffles, the University celebrated two prized additions to the campus on Thursday.
A dedication ceremony formally acknowledged this semester's opening of the Residence Hall and Dining Hall.
After speeches from University leaders and local dignitaries, UT Dallas President David E. Daniel led a group to the waffle bar, a Dining Hall feature he had made anticipatory mention of in speech leading up to the building's completion.
Student Government President Diana Kao called the 28,000-square-foot Dining Hall an instant success that offers expanded dining options and provides a new meeting place. “Best of all, the open design of the dining hall encourages interaction between faculty members and students,” she said.
Kao also praised the addition of the new living facility, which began housing 400 residents in August. The building has become so popular that there is a waiting list to secure a room there, she said. “We felt we needed a more traditional residence hall, and it looks like we were right.”
Richardson Mayor Gary Slagel praised the new buildings as key additions to an institution that has been important in the city's development.
“The city of Richardson is so blessed to have this campus in our city,” Slagel said. “I’ve watched this university grow and grow. Congratulations on this addition for your students.”
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