October 28, 2013
On October 16, 2013, St. John’s Law hosted a ribbon cutting
ceremony and food tasting event to mark the grand re-opening of the
Law School cafeteria.
“This was an ambitious summer project,” Martha K.
Hirst, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and
Treasurer of St. John’s University, told the gathered crowd of St.
John’s faculty, administrators, and students. The result is a more
attractive and efficient space, with a server capacity increased by
over 50 percent, mobile ordering capability, and a new Starbucks
“sidebar” offering coffee, tea, and other refreshments. The $3.5
million remodeling, Hirst said, was an investment made in
partnership with Lackmann Culinary Services, the University’s
foodservices provider, and stood as an “enormous commitment from
them” to improving dining facilities across campus.
Thanking Hirst for her leadership in ensuring that the Law
School building matches its strategic priorities, Dean
Michael A. Simons noted the importance of the cafeteria in the
life of the school. “The cafeteria is our town square, our village
green,” he said. “It is central to the community of the Law School,
to forming the people in the Law School into the Law School
family.” Thanking the project leaders —Vice President for Campus
Facilities and Services Brij Anand and his team and the Law
School’s Director of Special Services, Nancy Brady — Dean Simons
said, quoting Shakespeare: “’And do as adversaries do in law,
strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.’ This space says
Leading the ceremony to the concluding ribbon cutting,
Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., President of St. John’s
University, blessed the cafeteria as “a place for relaxation, a
place for refreshment, and a place for conversation.” With the
cafeteria’s official re-opening last week, the Law School is
pleased to welcome all in the St. John’s community to relax,
refresh, and feel at home in this wonderful new space.