New Dining Commons on Lone Mountain Will Give Students More Meal Options

By Mary McInerney, Office of Development Communications Posted Fri, 09/07/2018 - 06:00

A renovation of the Wolf and Kettle Café will more than double the amount of seating for students, add a full kitchen, and create a free-standing pavilion building with dining commons located on the existing lawn area and patio outside of the Wolf and Kettle.

Construction of the new dining commons, with anticipated completion by fall 2020, is being funded with $4.275 million from the Koret Foundation, a private foundation based in San Francisco committed to strengthening the Bay Area community. Funding for the new dining commons was part of Koret’s Higher Education Initiative. Additionally, the foundation is providing $440,000 for scholarships for underrepresented students at USF and $285,000 for Make It Happen, a college access program administered by graduate students in the School of Education.

Students Support New Dining Commons

Most students consider the current Wolf and Kettle Café a place to stop for a snack or meet up with friends, and many say they would appreciate having full dining options on Lone Mountain — instead of having to walk to the University Center on main campus for meals.

“A new dining area would be good,” said Nathan Huynh ‘22, a freshman nursing student, as he gazed at tables full of students meeting in the cafe. 

A friend, Tiffany Zheng ‘22, a freshman biology student, sat with him and munched on M&Ms.

“I know someone who lives in LoMo,” she said, “and whenever he climbs up and down the stairs, it’s pretty hard. Whenever people have classes on LoMo, it would be easier if they could have lunch up here, too.”

The new construction will provide approximately 10,800 square feet of remodeled space including a kitchen and expansion of the existing square footage to increase seating capacity from 147 seats to 306 seats, an increase of 159 seats.

The proposed addition, approximately 3,761 square feet, will be a free-standing ‘pavilion’ building, located on the existing lawn area and patio east of the Wolf and Kettle.

The new Dining Commons will also help provide meal options for students who live in two new four-story residence halls on Lone Mountain that are currently under construction.

Additional Support for Scholarships, Programs

In addition to awarding $440,000 for scholarships to first-generation college students, the Koret Foundation also made a grant of $285,000 for Make it Happen, a college support program offered in 43 Bay Area public schools. The collaborative effort between the university and the community teaches students about college opportunities.

USF graduate students in the School Counseling program facilitate the program and offer bilingual and bicultural counseling with an emphasis on community strengths, and they include involvement from community members. Most of the participants are first-generation students.

Program director Christine Yeh was hoping to expand the program, and the Koret Foundation offered the funding as a way to help Make It Happen create a larger impact.

“Universities have the great potential and responsibility to meaningfully partner with local schools and communities to support the next generation of leaders and change agents,” said Yeh. “This generous funding from the Koret Foundation offers support to build community capacity and future opportunity.”

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