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   from the issue of August 19, 2004

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Residence Hall, Selleck dining open this fall


Apartment-style living and market-style dining are making their debut on the UNL campus this fall, and a few other changes greet students living on campus this year. Students are moving into Husker Courtyards, a new residence hall at 17th and Vine streets, and a newly renovated Selleck Dining Center will soon open for business with more seating and new menu choices.

Ryan Walrath, a junior fisheries and wildlife major, organizes his room in one of the two-bedroom suites at Husker Courtyards...
Ryan Walrath, a junior fisheries and wildlife major, organizes his room in one of the two-bedroom suites at Husker Courtyards at 17th and Vine streets. Photo by Brett Hampton.

Husker Courtyards offers furnished, four-bedroom and two-bedroom units with full kitchens and a bathroom for every two students. The apartment-style residence hall is a popular alternative to off-campus living, said Doug Zatechka, director of University Housing.

"As soon as we started taking applications for Husker Courtyards, there was a stampede," Zatechka said. "It's ideal for upper-class students who want to live on campus while enjoying the benefits of a private apartment."

At $470 per person per month, Husker Courtyards units include all utilities, cable television, local phone service and high-speed Internet access. Students can live in the apartments year-round and can sublet the units. Laundry rooms are located on every floor, and each unit has a storage room large enough for bicycles and other items. Residence hall staff will clean the bathrooms in each unit every other week, and students are provided with cleaning supplies to use in between those cleanings. Students who live in Husker Courtyards are not required to have a meal plan.

The new residence hall includes three courtyards. Many first-level apartments have patio access to the courtyards, and other units have a French balcony that opens to the courtyard.

Husker Courtyards houses 478 students. A second apartment-style residence hall, Husker Village, is under construction at 16th and Y streets and will open in August 2005 with housing for 528 students.

While apartment-style living at UNL is for upper-class students only, even the underclassmen in Harper Hall can revel in new digs this fall. Essentially unchanged since its construction in 1969, Harper was totally renovated over the summer with new lobbies, lounges and study rooms put in the main lobby and in living areas. The building also gained a high-tech security system, new bathroom and private shower areas, and laundry rooms on each floor. Room improvements include all new furnishings, windows and heating and air conditioning systems. The other two residence halls in the complex, Schramm and Smith, will be renovated next summer in time for a reopening in fall 2005.

All residence-hall students will be able to experience the new market-style dining at Selleck Quadrangle when it opens later this fall. It will introduce market-style dining and display cooking to the campus, where diners can select from a variety of foods freshly cooked in front of them, including custom-made pizza baked in a wood-fired oven. The various "markets" will change to respond to varying tastes.

Expansion on the north and south sides of the building allows for twice as much seating in the dining area. Private dining rooms can be used for recruitment activities and other events, and a large outdoor patio provides a place to eat or sit with friends when weather permits. Zatechka said expansion was needed because Selleck is close to the academic core of the city campus, making it a popular dining choice for students who live in other residence halls.

Similar renovations are planned for other dining centers, with the Harper/Schramm/Smith Dining Center slated for conversion to the market plan by fall 2005.

When it opens, Selleck will join the other dining centers in offering a new one-price, unlimited-access dining plan, a plan unique to only a few universities nationwide. Under the new plan, students can have a snack any time, in addition to regular meals. To accommodate the new meal plans, hours at all dining halls will be extended.

"Students want choices and they want convenience," said Ron Burke, director of University Dining Services. "So instead of limiting them to three meals a day, we're giving them unlimited access. They can eat a dozen times a day if they want."

Selleck will offer the longest hours of any of the residence halls' dining centers. It will serve continuously weekdays from 6:45 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and from 10:45 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on weekends. It will also be open to the community for $4.80 for breakfast, $6.95 for lunch, and $7.10 for dinner.

More photos are located here.

Mary Jane Bruce and Dave Fitzgibbon of University Communications contributed to this story.



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