Grambling State unveils $5 million dining hall renovations

Published: Jan. 27, 2021 at 6:46 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 8, 2021 at 6:46 PM CST
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Grambling State University unveiled its new $5 million renovations to its main dining hall Friday.

In 2019, GSU partnered with SodexoMAGIC as its new food service provider. This renovation is the last piece to be completed of that partnership.

McCall Hall now features several food stations like a chef’s corner and vegetarian stand. There is also a brand new game room with table games and gaming consoles for students. School officials say it’s all about making campus feel like home.

“The students are Grambling, says Alan Johnson, general manager of the dining hall. “So it was very important to them and very important to us to make an environment where they spend so much time conducive for them. We want it to be comfortable for them.”

Miss Grambling State University Ashley Dabney says the efforts are appreciated by students. “Our administration cares more about our mental health. You know, it’s going to be a place that you come to get your degree, but also a place that you should feel comfortable like, this is your home,” she says.

There is also a staged area officials say can be used to hold fun events too.

In case you missed it: The newly renovated McCall Hall features diverse food offerings and recreational spaces that include a carving station, fire pizza oven, pasta station, game room, stage and projector. Check out this video featuring President Gallot to learn more. #BuildingWhatsNext #GramfamGrub

Posted by Grambling State University on Friday, January 8, 2021

The renovation is just one more project to be completed as the university continues to build on campus.

GSU also starts 2021 off in the black thanks to the coronavirus relief bill signed in December. The university is one of 44 historically black colleges and universities to have their loans forgiven by the federal government.

Grambling’s $87 million loan was for its student housing and intramural complex. GSU president Rick Gallot says they can now plan their next projects to improve the university.

“We’ve got to look at investing in additional student housing. We also need to look at our academic buildings,” Gallot says. “We’ve got our new cybersecurity program, our cloud computing program Computer Science program that’s growing by leaps and bounds.”

Gallot says they also want to invest in the faculty and upgrading other facilities.

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