Big changes were made over the summer in the way Northwest Missouri State University provides dining services to its students, faculty and staff.
In addition to implementing an "all-you-can-eat" meal plan for students, the university remodeled its food court in the basement of the J.W. Jones Student Union. It also added or refurbished dining venues and snack bars in the B.D. Owens Library and The Station student services center.
Now Matt Baker, Northwest's vice president of student affairs, wants Maryville residents to know they're welcome to stop by campus almost anytime for a good meal or a cup of coffee.
"We’re excited about the variety and value these enhancements bring to Northwest students and employees as well as members of the community," Baker said. "We want local residents to know the Northwest campus is another dining option they can enjoy in the Maryville community.”
Chow-down central at Northwest is still the food court, now known as Bearcat Commons, on the lower level of the student union.
Offerings there include a "Mediterranean kitchen" featuring hearth-baked pizza and pasta dishes, a produce market and deli, an "all-American" grill, a "Mongolian" grill, Tex Mex cuisine and exhibition stations featuring baked goods and snacks.
One flight up on the union's second level, visitors will find The Jones, a collection of retail food outlets that includes Einstein Bros. Bagels, Chick-fil-A and Zen, which serves fresh Asian cuisine. In addition, the location offers a P.O.D. (Provisions On Demand), Red Mango frozen yogurt and a selection of convenience foods.
Located near the high-rise residence halls on the northwest end of campus, The Station is home to a P.O.D. Market and convenience store as well as a Papa John’s pizzeria.
Coffee hounds will want to check out the Starbucks inside B.D. Owens Library's first-floor Novel Grounds lounge, which features leather seating arranged to encourage both conversation and study.
New meal plans for students also mean expanded hours for members of the public, who can now dine in Bearcat Commons between 7 a.m. and 1 a.m., seven days a week.
All-you-can-eat meals cost $6.69 for breakfast, $7.79 for lunch or $8.79 for dinner. Non-students, including families, can purchase block plans offering a set number of meals. Plans range from $137.50 for 25 meals to $337.50 for 75 meals.