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Dining Hall to Get Makeover - Fresh Look, New Features for Fall 2006

New services to include debit cards, coffee bistro, convenience store, extended hours and lower prices.

5/4/2006 10:30:01 AM


Randolph-Macon Woman's College is pleased to announce that our dining services are going to get a makeover this summer. Students arriving in the fall will be greeted by a new look and a new experience.

Cheatham Dining Hall and the Skeller will be completely renovated to meet the changing needs of our students and the R-MWC community at large. In addition, new services and features will be implemented to accomodate a range of lifestyles.

The project follows months of focus groups with students, including several trips to other colleges to see their dining operations. The focus groups helped form the primary goals of the selection process:

  • Different dining plans
  • Alternative dining venues
  • Dining Hall renovations
  • More consistent quality in the Dining Hall
  • Higher quality and more consistency in the Skeller
  • Extended hours in the Skeller

Dining Services will be provided by Aramark. Aramark was clearly best suited to fulfill the needs expressed by students. They are committed to providing the highest quality food with excellent customer service, and will be bringing a number of improvements to the College next year.

Renovation Plans:

Cheatham Dining Hall

Cheatham Dining Hall will be completely renovated with a new, fresh look. Renovations will include a gourmet coffee bar, additional action stations, a variety of new seating options, modern finishes, and a conveyor-type tray return. Cheatham will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. for brunch and 5 p.m. 7 p.m. for dinner.

Artist's rendering of dining hall serving area
Artist's rendering of dining hall serving area

Artist's rendering of dining hall coffee bar
Artist's rendering of dining hall coffee bar


The Skeller will undergo a transformation that will honor its history yet provide modern amenities and a fresh, new menu. The Skeller will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. 1 a.m., when the College is in session.

Coffee Bistro

photo of coffee barThe existing SCID desk area will be transformed into the "Main Grounds" coffee bistro, featuring gourmet coffee and baked goods. Main Grounds will be open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. 10 p.m.

Convenience Store

A small convenience store will be added, either outside the Dining Hall or somewhere in the Student Center area.

Meal Plans, Prices and Payments

Debit Cards

Students will be able to use their current key card as a debit card at the Skeller, the new Main Grounds coffee bar, and the convenience store.

Flexible Meal Plans

Students will be able to choose from two dining plans:

  • 19 meals per week plus $50 flex per semester, or
  • 14 meals per week plus $125 flex per semester

The flex dollars on either plan can be used in the convenience store, the Skeller, or the

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations