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Fireside Chat – April 29, 2019 – New Food Service Vendor, Sodexo

Joining President LaForge is Jamie Rutledge, vice president for finance and administration.

What’s the way to a college student’s heart? Food. We recently announced the transition to a new food service vendor, Sodexo. And, with that comes a full-service Chick-fil-A, a Firehouse Subs shop, and a Starbucks — all to be located in the student union. Renovations will take place this summer, will cost about $2 million, and should be complete in time for the fall semester. Here are some other numbers to munch on about these delicious developments:

•Chick-fil-A reported more than $10 billion in revenue in 2018.
•In 2017, Firehouse Subs generated sales of more than $715 million in the United States.
•There are 29,865 Starbucks in the world.
•Starbucks’ annual revenue for fiscal year 2018 reached $24.7 billion.

In other news on campus, final exams are this week, and Spring Commencement will take place on Friday, May 3 at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. There will be two ceremonies. The 10 a.m. ceremony will feature all graduate students, as well as undergraduate students from the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing, and the College of Business and Aviation. The 2 p.m. ceremony will recognize undergraduates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Sciences.

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