CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A crowd of students, faculty, and staff at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi gathered today (Monday, Sept. 8) to celebrate the grand opening of the new Islander Dining Hall on campus. A dinner bell was rung to mark the official grand opening of the dining hall.
“The Islander Dining Hall will help accommodate our growing student body, but will also give students another alternative to leaving campus in between classes,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “The six culinary stations will ensure that students won’t need to drive off campus for that evening snack or interrupt study sessions during the day with hunger pangs. But most importantly, we are bringing a university-living tradition back to our Island campus.”
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s state-of the art, 18,700 square-foot dining hall will help accommodate a growing student body that has surpassed 11,000 this fall. The facility includes indoor and outdoor seating for up to 400 students and will become the eighth dining facility on campus.
Located adjacent to the new residence halls, the dining hall creates a relaxing gathering space for students, faculty and staff to enjoy day and night. The facility better serves our students who are spending more time on campus and those who are moving away from home for the first time.
The Islander Dining Hall, which will be open seven days a week, is an all-you-care-to-eat dining facility. The dining hall will feature more than 600 food items available each week; a baker, pastry chef, and on-site tortilleria; culinary stations offering options ranging from deli-style sandwiches and fresh fruits and salads for on-the-go eating, to freshly-fired pizzas, and restaurant-style dishes assembled to order.
The facility also includes vegetarian options, extended operating hours, and a variety of meal plan options to ensure students have access to quality, affordable meals.
“We are starting of the school year with a wonderful addition to our campus experience,” said Angel Monjarraz, Student Government Association President. “It seems like not too long ago we had a groundbreaking for the facility and now it’s open.”