Every campus should have an establishment like the University Club, says Alan Wright.
“It’s important for us to be able to provide a collegial space where we can congregate with faculty and staff,” he said Monday, as he finished lunch on the club’s opening day.
Vice-provost, teaching and learning, Dr. Wright hosted Gordon Joughin of University of Queensland, who has just started a three-month stint as a visiting fellow in educational development.
“I wanted to introduce Gordon right away to the amenities we have on campus,” said Wright.
His executive assistant, Beverley Hamilton, said she was happy to see the club’s return.
“I really like that when you come here, you get to see people you otherwise don’t in the course of a workday,” she said. “It helps to build a sense of community and common purpose.”
Catering manager Dean Kissner said he is pleased to hear patrons welcome the re-opening of the club, located on the ground floor of Vanier Hall. In addition to a series of grilled panini sandwiches, the menu features an unlimited soup and salad combination for just $7.95.
“We have done the comparison and are confident that our pricing is very competitive with off-campus restaurants,” says Kissner.
He adds that you don’t have to be a member to lunch at the club, which operates weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Find a list of the perks of membership—as well as application details—on the University Club website.