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Union renovations create domino effect

With renovations to the University Union underway, alternative programming spaces are being created to accommodate on-campus meeting and event requests. Spaces off line in the Union until August 2009 include the Tilman Lobby; Mandela Room; Old Union Hall; the South, East and West lounges; UU-133; UU-200; UU-201; UU-221; and UU-101, 102, 103 and 104.

“We’ve been working for some time to develop alternate programming space while parts of the Union will be off line,” said JoAnn Navarro, associate vice president for administration. “As a result, we’ve added several on-campus spaces to the list of spaces that members of the campus community can request to use for programming.”

Those spaces include the Susquehanna Room, which will be closed for food service beginning Monday, Aug. 18, and will re-open when Union renovations are complete in August 2009. For the next year, the Susquehanna Room will be added to the Resource 25 list, along with UU-252, Casadesus Recital Hall, the dining halls (after service hours) and other residence hall venues.

While the Susquehanna Room is closed to dining, resident dining halls will be open to faculty and staff for breakfast and lunch. Additional tables and chairs will be added to Dickinson Dining hall to add capacity. Sodexho Campus Services will also add a lunch bag delivery option; a new menu, expanded buffet options and new furniture and seating in the Chenango Room; and enhanced food offerings at other coffee kiosks.

The prices offered to faculty and staff in the resident dining halls will be comparable to the prices they have paid at the Susquehanna Room.

Faculty and staff also always have the option to put money on their ID cards for dining on campus. Dining Services adds 10 percent in spending money to your account for every dollar deposited. To add money to your ID card, simply visit the meal plan office next to the Susquehanna Room in the University Union, or go to to add money online. The online system will be operational by the opening of the fall 2008 semester.

Groups will continue to follow standard procedures to request programming space. As in the past, Resource 25 ( can be used to access information about what has been scheduled and what is available to reserve.

The space reservation process has not changed. Student groups and on-campus users will continue to reserve University Union and alternate spaces through the University Union Office. Contact the University Union office at to reserve space. Groups with no campus affiliation or sponsorship (off campus groups wishing to use University facilities) should contact the Conference and Event Services Office at 607-777-6200 or The Anderson Center Reception Room will be used for select meetings, to be reserved through Conference and Event Services, in consultation with the president’s office.

The campus is encouraged to plan carefully and well in advance for programming needs, said Eric Backlund, who will chair the Events Management Committee. “Everyone’s cooperation will be appreciated, but if conflicts arise, the Events Management Committee will address them,” he said. Conflicts involving University Union on-campus requests should be resolved through the University Union office at 777-3300, but any other conflicts should be resolved through the Events Management Committee, by contacting Backlund at”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08