Commons celebrates 100 years

April 1 marked 100 years of meals served – no fooling!

SALEM, Va. - Roanoke College's cafeteria has been serving meals to students for 100 years. The commons, which opened on April 1, 1910 will celebrate its anniversary at Thursday's lunch. A cake and celebration of the history of dining on campus will accompany the menu.

When it opened, the College had 225 students - 100 college students and 125 prep school students. Meals were plated and served then, not received buffet style as they are today. Student workers helped in the process, as they do today.

Today, Sutton Commons in Roanoke's Colket Center serves around 850 each day during lunch. Nearly 1200 students are currently enrolled in one of the College's meal plan offerings.

The opening of the original commons predates even the campus newspaper, The Brackety-Ack.

Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. Roanoke is one of just 280 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast."

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.

Released: March 31, 2010
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