Monday October 31, 2011

From Soccer to Sushi

Adding to the quality of life for students, the University will bless and dedicate two new restaurants and a renovated Stuart Field.

The University of Dayton campus community will bless $6.3 million in major projects aimed at enhancing the quality of life for students.

The ceremonies will start at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at Stuart Field, and at 4:30 p.m. at Virginia W. Kettering Residence Hall.

"With these investments, we continue our commitment to students by providing high-quality amenities that enhance their quality of life," said President Daniel J. Curran.

"These are much more than places to play games and eat food. As students gather around a table to share meals and create bonds of fellowship through athletics, they come together in the fundamental spirit of our Marianist founders to live and learn in community."

The $3.9 million renovation to the Virginia W. Kettering Residence Hall dining facilities created two theme restaurants offering a wide variety of cooked-to-order meals, borrowing some of the most popular trends in restaurants today.

Passports restaurant specializes in fresh foods from around the world, with options for students to select ingredients for a customized burrito, sushi or even a stir-fry prepared on a Mongolian grill.

The Grainary restaurant offers artisan breads, baked onsite, with signature sandwiches and salads as well as an assortment of hot dishes and omelets.

The $2.4 million renovation to Stuart Field upgraded the heavily used recreational facility, host to many student intramural and club competitions. About half the student body is involved annually, making the University's recreational participation one of the most extensive in the country.

Stuart Field now features 5.6 acres of high-use, high-performance, multi-purpose fields that play and feel like natural grass.

The restaurants are open to the public, although parking is limited. Stuart Field is only open to students with a valid University of Dayton undergraduate identification or campus recreation membership.

For information on Passports and The Grainary, contact Paula Smith, director of dining services, at paula.smith@notes.udayton.edu and 937-229-2385

For information on Stuart Field, contact Melissa Longino, director of campus recreation, at mlongino1@notes.udayton.edu and 937-229-2701.

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