The Seasoned Café Opens at Kent State Salem
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was recently held to mark the official opening of the Seasoned Café at Kent State University at Salem. Representatives from Kent State and Aramark planned a full morning of activities that included free samples, goodie bags, games, music and raffles.
In his remarks to students and staff, Kent State Salem Dean David Dees noted that the opening of the café was the result of a promise made – and kept – by Kent State President Beverly Warren to have food on the Salem Campus.
“When President Warren was first hired in 2014, she embarked on what was called a ‘Listening Tour,’ during which she visited all of the campuses and met with students, faculty and staff,” Dean Dees says. “She heard them express their wants and needs for each campus and, while at the Salem Campus, she heard over and over a desire to have food here. Well, she not only heard, but she listened. And she pushed hard to get food on our campus. This café also is part of her bigger plan to make Kent State University the healthiest campus in the United States, and that is why we have healthy food options at the Seasoned Café.”
The new cafe is open 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, offering fresh food options for breakfast and lunch that include sandwiches, salads, beverages and daily specials.
Speaking on behalf of Kent State Salem students, Sylvia Hernandez thanked Kent State officials for making the café possible and she encouraged all students to take advantage of this service.
“Now, we don’t have to leave campus to get something to eat between classes,” she says. “It makes it much better to be able to stay here rather than go off campus for food and then be tempted to not come back for your next class. This café makes it feel like a real campus. Thank you, Kent State.”
Hernandez is a pre-nursing student and vice president of the Student Government Organization at Kent State Salem.