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UK OFFICIALLY OPENS STARBUCKS CYBER CAFE' IN STUDENT CENTER

By Ralph Derickson

 

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The UK Starbucks cyber café is the first in the country at a university or college with a self-operated food service.

 

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Nov. 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 Center.

UK President 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.

Gregg Johnson, 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."

Mrs. Patsy 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.

The UK 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 Auxiliary Services.

Student Government President Tim Robinson also participated in the grand opening.

Following the remarks, the grand opening party cut a ceremonial ribbon and sampled some Starbucks coffee.


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