Rivier University holds ribbon-cutting ceremony for newly renovated dining center

Pictured from left to right: Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President of Rivier University; Rivier senior and Student Government Association president Magnolia Dixon; Nashua’s Mayor Donnalee Lozeau; chair of Rivier’s Board of Trustees Dr. Richard Foemmel; and Sodexo Regional Vice President Phillip Harty. 

Sept. 25, 2013 – NASHUA, N.H. – Rivier University celebrated its newly renovated dining center on Sept. 19 with a ribbon cutting ceremony, welcoming members of the Rivier and Nashua communities to the new and improved space. 

In attendance were Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau; Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Rivier’s president; members of the University’s Board of Trustees as well as students, faculty and staff; and leadership from Sodexo, Inc., Rivier’s food service provider. 

The dining center transformation, an integral initiative in the University’s strategic and campus master plans, was completed over the summer and opened with the start of the fall semester. 

Among the changes are new fresh cooking options, including a 360-degree action station where a chef will prepare fresh dishes. “This new station with display cooking is popular with students,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Kurt Stimeling. The new space also included an expanded salad bar and deli area, a newly installed grill station, and popular items have been added to the menu such as international options, stir fry dishes, and gluten-free meals to accommodate those with dietary restrictions. 

“The dining experience isn’t just about eating. It’s about the community coming together and sharing experiences,” Stimeling said. “This renovated space provides students with a comfortable gathering place to meet for many purposes, with easy access to good food.” 

The space also features a new seating arrangement, making the room more open and increasing seating capacity with round tables and booths. 

The aesthetics of the dining center were also enhanced with new paint colors featuring a vibrant color palette of earth tones, as well as updated décor and flooring, creating the appearance of an upscale restaurant. 

“The renovations are remarkable,” said Rivier student and Student Government Association president Magnolia Dixon. “They have transformed the Dion into a comfortable and community-forming environment, encouraging an atmosphere that is favorable to great conversations and connections. It is only a few weeks into the new academic year, and already this exciting change has reenergized our campus and student body.”