28, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) --
A novel new Starbucks cyber café where students, faculty
and staff can borrow a laptop computer to check their
email while enjoying a coffee of the day was officially
opened today in the University of Kentucky Student
Lee T. Todd Jr. told students, faculty and staff who
attended the opening that the innovative cyber café
is another of the university's continuing efforts
to create a friendlier campus. Plans are already under
way to open similar cafes in other locations around
campus, the president said.
Starbucks senior vice president for business alliances,
said the coffee company and UK have a lot of things
in common "including an incredibly competitive spirit
and pride in winning."
Todd, who switched on the lighted Starbucks marquee
during the ceremony, said that when she and President
Todd first came to campus and asked students what
they would like to see added to the campus, Starbucks
was one of the first things mentioned.
Starbucks cyber café is the first in the country at
a university or college with a self-operated food
service. The unique contract was developed through
UK's office of Campus Cuisine in the Department of
Government President Tim Robinson also participated
in the grand opening.
the remarks, the grand opening party cut a ceremonial
ribbon and sampled some Starbucks coffee.