School of Nursing Celebrates Grand Opening of Popular CafÉ
Posted: Feb. 27, 2012
What do faculty, staff and students at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing have in common? They get hungry.
Until recently that meant sprinting across campus between classes or meetings to grab something for a quick bite or risking the wrath of campus police for dubious parking practices just to satisfy a grumbling tummy.
But no more, because thanks to the generosity of the University Federal Credit Union (UFCU), a credit union for University of Texas employees, the School of Nursing now has an in-house café providing a handy "pick up and go" menu including bagels, fresh fruit, breakfast tacos, hot soups and sandwiches and fresh salad—all at very reasonable prices.
"We wanted a healthy alternative to the ubiquitous vending fare that would be satisfying and affordable for everyone," said Alexa Stuifbergen, dean of the School of Nursing. "Healthy eating is an important component of promoting health. It only makes sense that our students get a chance to practice what we preach."
More than 30 students, faculty and staff were on hand Tuesday, Feb. 21, for the grand opening of the Counter Café. Joining them in sampling some of the café’s fare was UFCU’s Rhonda Summerbell, Senior Manager—University Relations.
"This has been the most fun I’ve had with a grant—knowing how big a difference we’re making for these students is a great thing for UFCU," Summerbell said.
The Counter Café is adjacent to the student lounge on the third floor of the School of Nursing building at 1700 Red River. A helpful and knowledgeable staff from O’s Campus Café and Catering oversee an enclosed food service area with pastry bins, a commercial coffee unit, warming trays, refrigeration, food packaging supplies and a point-of-sale computer system. Similar to the LBJ School kiosk, the Counter Café is open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. and serves both breakfast and lunch.
The School of Nursing has an enrollment of approximately 1,100 students. In addition, more than 170 faculty and staff members work in the building during any given week. That’s a lot of hungry folks, but thanks to UFCU and the Counter Café, the mealtime skedaddle is now a thing of the past.