Lindenwood University-Belleville, which is nearing completion of the construction of its second new dormitory in the last year, soon will begin extensive renovations to the campus dining hall.
Campus president Jerry Bladdick said the dining hall will be converted from a cafeteria-style setting to a multi-station food service setup similar to the dining hall at the Lindenwood's main campus in St. Charles. There, students eat in at atmosphere that closely resembles the food court at an upscale mall, including a brick pizza oven, deli-style sandwiches and a pasta station, Bladdick said.
"We've simply outgrown what we had," Bladdick said. "But this is going to be something that our students are going to really enjoy."
Plans for the new dining hall will be revealed during an invitation-only buffet-style breakfast to be served from 7:30-9 a.m. Aug. 6.
The new dining facility will work in concert with the new men's dorm, which is under construction across West Main Street from the Linenwood-Belleville campus. The women's dorm was completed last year across South 23rd Street from the campus.
The two buildings, with a total price tag of about $8 million, provide about 50,000 square feet of student living space and will house about 400 students.
During the past four years, Lindenwood has had nearly $1 billion in economic impact on downtown Belleville, according to university officials.
About 1,900 students attend the Lindenwood-Belleville campus, about 1,040 of them are full-time day students. Bladdick said that the school had about 600 students living on campus at the beginning of the 2013 fall semester.
In other Lindenwood news, the Belleville school will have a two-day grant-writing workshop Aug. 14-15 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The workshop is open to the public.
Julie Turner will facilitate the seminar, which will provide attendees with a comprehensive overview of the grant preparation and writing process. Turner has more than 17 years of experience in professional grant writing at the foundation, state and federal levels. She has successfully acquired grants for school districts, healthcare organizations and social services agencies across the country.
The two-day workshop is limited to 50 attendees and costs $100 to participate. All proceeds will benefit the students of Lindenwood University. Reserve your spot today by contacting Cindy Manjounes, associate dean of academics at Lindenwood-Belleville, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 618-239-6029.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Jim Hanlon was appointed director of the Institute for Urban Research, announced Jerry Weinberg, associate provost for research and dean of the graduate school.
Hanlon is an assistant professor in the department of geography within SIUE's College of Arts and Sciences. He has served as the IUR's assistant director since January.
Hanlon's research has been presented at the Urban Affairs Association conference, and he has a forthcoming publication in the journal Housing Studies.
He succeeds Andy Theising, who has directed the IUR since 2007. Theising stepped down, so that he can go on a planned sabbatical.
Hanlon earned a bachelor's degree in geography in 1995 from Michigan State. He earned both master's and doctoral degrees in geography from the University of Kentucky in 1999 and 2008, respectively.
Hanlon served as a geography graduate instructor at UK and an instructor in Bowling Green State University's department of geography before joining the SIUE faculty in 2009.
Temporarily, the IUR has relocated to SIUE's East St. Louis campus while renovations are ongoing in Rendleman Hall. The IUR eventually will return to Rendleman on the lower level.