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October 29, 2018

Progress Update for University Center

Dear Adelphi community:

As promised, I would like to share our next update regarding some of the temporary changes we will all need to make in the New Year as the renovation of the Ruth S. Harley University Center (UC) progresses. As you probably expect, the project is a big one, and it’s going to have an impact on the important spaces and services that our UC currently provides.

Today’s message will share some details about how dining across campus will be affected during the renovation project next year, once the UC is taken offline.

I want to remind everyone that, when complete, the new UC will transform the dining experience at Adelphi for you—with twice the dining space, much more food variety, a full Starbucks and a beautiful, modern campus environment. In reality, bringing that remarkable vision to life will require that we all eat elsewhere temporarily. And, we are working hard to make the experience enjoyable.

How? Surveys, feedback and sales data already tell us what your favorite food items are, peak times during the week and where students, faculty and staff most enjoy dining on campus, outside of the UC. We aim to deliver enhanced experiences in these locations during the renovation, which will include some changes to hours of operations and pricing options so the needs of the community can continue to be met during the project. Also, we’ve received a lot of feedback from you about the UC renovation (and truth be told, we still want more of your input). We meet daily to discuss how best to incorporate your ideas and address the needs of every community member during the project.

Below you can see some of the input we’re already incorporating into the plans for temporary dining during the renovation.

  • Post Hall will be the largest venue for food service and an important part of the campus dining plan during the UC renovation and, remember, Post Hall is not just for resident students!
  • Post Hall’s menu options and variety will expand during the renovation to include more of your UC favorites—like the baked pasta station.
  • We’re working with many local vendors to provide more discounts and promotions to members of the Adelphi community and we’ll increase shuttle frequency to take you to those nearby eateries on Nassau Boulevard and Seventh Street.
  • Several food trucks will be on campus every day during the renovation—meal plans will be accepted and one truck will always serve halal food.
  • Students: You’ll have a chance to vote on the types of food you want served by the food trucks on campus—such as Mexican, Caribbean or BBQ!
  • We’ll add some new food options to different locations—including pop-up, grab-and-go spots at Swirbul Library and in Nexus.
  • Also, we will continue to provide kosher, halal, vegan and gluten-free options during the renovations.

Again, I invite your input to the plans that will be part of ALL our lives during the period of time that our iconic UC is offline. I will keep you updated—via upcoming Town Halls, regular messages and the website.

As a final note, the community has been a great part of this effort and I want to thank a few groups and people who are helping to ensure that all voices are heard.

  • Thank you to Director of Auxiliary and Event Services Alain Lanz, who meets with and gathers input from members of the Resident Student Association, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, International Student Society, Student Government Association, Graduate Student Council and Commuter Student Organization on a regular basis. 
  • Another thank-you goes to our Dining Advisory Panel, which includes members from all six of these student organizations, along with Jason Spradley, assistant director of the Center for Student Involvement; Blyth Daylong, executive director of the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center; Gina McGovern, Office of University Admissions and Local 153 administrative assistant; and Kenneth C. Rondello, M.D., clinical associate professor, and Margaret Lally ’82, associate professor, who answered our call for faculty input.

If you want to add your voice to this mix by joining the Dining Advisory Panel, please send an email to Executive Director of Auxiliary and Event Services Alain Lanz at  

Questions and Answers

Q: Where will we sit down to eat when the UC is under renovation?

A: Post Hall will be the primary dining area during the renovation, but you will also see new or expanded places to eat at Nexus, the Center for Recreation and Sports (CRS) and PACafé—with many extra tables and chairs for dining, along with other locations around campus.

Q: Will parking be affected during renovation?

A: No. Parking will remain the same, but ample advance notice will be provided should we anticipate any changes.

Q: When will the temporary dining plans be final?

A: We are still seeking input and feedback, so please share yours and keep checking to get more news, and ask questions.

Thank you to our entire Panther family for being supportive, patient and excited about the UC project. I welcome your questions and input—in addition to following the progress of the renovation at the website above, feel free to email us at

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James Perrino
Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration
Office of Finance and Administration

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