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New Refectory and Residence Hall Enhance the Campus Experience

Refectory ribbon-cutting Cutting the ribbon at the remodeled refectory, left to right: Thomas Threlkeld ’16, the fourth generation of Threlkelds to attend Rhodes, and a Clarence Day Scholar; Devon Shiland ’15, an undeclared major focused in the areas of humanities and the social sciences; Tom Dorer, regional vice president, ARAMARK Corp.; Bill Michaelcheck ’69, chairman, Rhodes Board of Trustees; Mary Catherine Reeves ’13, Rhodes Student Government president and student trustee; President Bill Troutt; David Jeter, Chemistry professor and senior member of the faculty; Jane Wright, CEO and President, Hanbury Evans, Wright and Vlattas Architects; Shane Watson ’14, president of the Black Student Association; Justin Grinder of Grinder, Taber & Grinder, General Contractors; Martha McGeachy ’88, Rhodes Department of Human Resources. Under the arch: John Rone ’71, director of College Events and the Meeman Center

Along with 550 new first-year students, Rhodes also welcomed two additions to its campus at the start of the 2012-13 academic year–the newly refurbished and expanded Catherine Burrow Refectory, and the new West Village Residence Hall. Both facilities represent significant additions and changes to the college campus.

Originally built in 1925, the refectory was last remodeled 25 years ago when the student body was substantially smaller. The renovations, which have expanded the building by 19,000 square feet, include a spacious new grand servery, which is approximately three times larger than the previous two serving areas combined. There are also a fireside lounge, new kitchen, new private dining rooms and a new dining hall. Menu options range from stir-fry to vegan fare to baked goods, the majority of which are freshly prepared in the exhibition-style servery.

“Every time I’m with people who have just walked into the refectory for the first time, I feel like they spend the first 30 seconds with their mouths open,” says Rhodes Diplomat and Student Trustee Robbie Cook ’13.

The Rhodes community celebrated the grand opening of the refectory with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 20. West Village is the newest addition to the 17 residential buildings on campus. The 52,000-square-foot structure houses 141 students, mostly juniors, in six- and eight-person apartment-style suites. Mary Reed ’14 is a resident of West Village who lives with five of her friends in a three-room suite with a spacious common area. Reed says she has already taken advantage of the large kitchen downstairs, and is enjoying the fact that there are laundry facilities on each floor.

Both of the new buildings, along with the Moore Moore Student Health Center and Glassell Residence Hall, create a beautiful new quad, which students have already utilized for recreational and organizational purposes, such as barbecues and outdoor movie screenings.

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