August 23, 2004
University Center asking for feedback from campus community
By Louise Donahue
Since its opening in January 2003, the University Center has reached
out to the public as well as the campus community. Now, its hoping
to hear back.
|Everyone filling out a survey
about the University Center will be entered in a contest in which
three winners will receive lunch-for-two gift certificates to the
The University Center is taking
an online survey (see survey, right) of the campus community, asking
people about their experiences with the University Center and the range
of services it provides. All survey participants will be entered in
a contest in which three winners will receive lunch-for-two gift certificates
to the center.
We want to find out what people would like to see, said
manager Janice Clark, who opened restaurants around the country and
coordinated large special events in California before coming to UCSC
in spring 2003.
|The University Center opened in January 2003.
In addition to serving lunch each weekdaywith patio dining overlooking
the redwoodsthe facility hosts meetings and conferences, and offers
catering. Services extend beyond the campus to the community, with the
center hosting weddings and meetings of community groups.
The U Center, as it has become known, has also reached
out to the Center for Agroecology
& Sustainable Food Systems (Farm & Garden). The Farm is
already a source for about a third of the fresh produce the U Center
serves, and the U Center and the Farm are working together to serve
even more from the Farm.
The U Center and Farm have also become involved together in the Culinary
Alliance of Santa Cruz, dedicated to promoting and advancing the
local food and wine scene.
That connection is especially appropriate; the U Centers most
popular special event so far was the winemaker dinner with Lynn Sheehan,
chef and co-proprietor of Sand Rock Farm bed-and-breakfast.
On September 23, members of the campus community will be given a chance
to sample varieties of a new entrant in the area's wine scene, Caviglia
Winery. Winemaker Clint Marsh will be on hand to discuss Caviglia
wines, and wine flights--a sampling of three wines--with appropriately
paired appetizers will be for sale. Six Caviglia wines will be showcased
at the 5 to 7:30 p.m. event.
October events will include a dance contest on October 14 with entertainment
by the Felonius Blues Revue, and a free wine-and-cheese reception on
October 20 for artist Frank Galuszka, who will place a new work to join
his other creations gracing the walls of the U Center.
The U Center also has a coffee bar and will soon organize a coffee
club, in which those buying a travel mug get a 50-cent discount on coffee.
The coffee and pastry bar is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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