Residence Hall and Dining Hall Formally
Welcomed at Dedication Ceremony

Sept. 11, 2009

Treats with UTD logo
The Dining Hall served baked treats iced with the UTD logo.
President Daniel getting a serving of waffles
UT Dallas President David E. Daniel pays a visit to the waffle bar.

Ribbon cutting at the dining hall
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.”  


Media contact: Brandon V. Webb, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, [email protected]
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, [email protected]

Share this page

Know someone who would enjoy this item? Share this article with a friend.

Text size: Increase text sizeDecrease text size

May 21, 2018