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Kent State Welcomes a New Cyber Café on Campus

Posted Dec. 10, 2012

A new cyber café, Food 4 Thought 2, has opened in Bowman Hall on the Kent Campus. The cyber café, which offers several healthy options, such as whole-wheat wraps, salads, soup and more, is one of the many positive results from campus-wide renovations. The first Food 4 Thought cyber café opened in White Hall on the Kent Campus in 2007.

Micheal Bruder, director of design and construction in the Office of the University Architect, explains that Kent State President Lester A. Lefton was in favor of the renovations to further improve students’ experiences on campus.

“The president supports a vision for a campus that is comfortable and inviting for students and that promotes scholarship and friendships outside of the classroom,” Bruder says. “He strongly supported and took an active role in the corridor and lobby improvements to Bowman Hall to improve the students’ experience in this busy building.”

Bruder says that the café was created for Bowman Hall because of its central location on campus and how it complements the now-modernized building.

“Bowman Hall is a particularly busy building that hosts many Kent core classes and so is visited by nearly every student at one time or another in their time on campus,” Bruder says. “It’s important to provide a space that accommodates the large numbers of students before and after classes, and encourages them to work together on group projects or just to study. It’s part of providing an environment that promotes student success.”

A team of architects and engineers from the Office of the University Architect worked to design the café and guarantee that it met the needs of the vendor.

Greta Siler, Food 4 Thought 2 manager, says that operating plans began during the summer, and she was happy to open the café in November.

Siler says that the café has been successful, and she plans to build her success with increased marketing and advertising.

For more information about Food 4 Thought 2 menu options, visit www.kent.edu/ehhs/cafe/menu.cfm