In preparation for the consolidation of Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta State officials have begun working with facility planning and program management firm Brailsford and Dunlavey in developing a plan for campus food services.
“We had a very good understanding of the needs for housing and student recreation services based on comprehensive studies over the past year–but we did not have a good solution for expanding food service to support the anticipated growth” said Jeff Foley, assistant vice president for campus development.
According to Karl Munschy, director of business services, Augusta State is working with the consulting firm to take the necessary steps in deciding the type of dining facility that would meet the needs of future enrollment and housing growth.
“We started working with Brailsford and Dunlavey last year during the early stages of the university’s plans of building a student recreation center on ASU West,” Munschy said. “But, when we all received the word regarding the consolidation of ASU and GHSU, we knew this consolidation only reinforced the need for additional housing, student recreation services, and ultimately food service.”
Munschy said the consultants have already begun gathering data, and they will be meeting with several focus groups on Tuesday, March 20, in the Skinner Room located in the Jaguar Student Activities Center. These groups will be comprised of selected faculty, staff, and students.
The faculty and staff who will participate in this focus group include Barbara Coleman, Hull College; Norma Combs, military science; Tim Dobbs, physical plant; Paulette Harris, educational leadership, counseling, and special education; Sharon Howard, Hull College; Quentin Hunter, teacher education; Pam Lightsey, JagCard office; Ginny Loveless, Reese Library; Camilla Reid, Reese Library; Katherine Sweeney, admissions and registrar; Kathleen Trigg, communications and professional writing; Crystal Vincent, Hull College; Karen Wish, kinesiology and health science; and Victoria Worsham, bookstore.
Although only certain groups of students will be included in these focus group sessions, Munschy said all students will receive a survey regarding the new dining facility in their email accounts on Friday, March 23.