SCU, Pioneer College Caterers Unveil New Cafeteria


SCU Vice President for Fiscal Affairs Wallace Hamilton, Pioneer College Caterers President William Sinclair, SCU President Reggies Wenyika and Vice President for Student Life Brad Davis celebrate the opening of the new Patrick Center Cafeteria on campus.

BETHANY -- A new dynamic, multi-functional cafeteria was unveiled on the Southwestern Christian University campus when school officials celebrated the re-opening of the Patrick Center Cafeteria with Pioneer College Caterers during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning.

The remodeling project, designed by Boelter Company a leader in food service and kitchen equipment, includes new hardwood floors, tables, chairs, big-screen televisions, ledge seating, and a vibrant floor plan that will serve as one of the primary gathering spots for SCU students and visitors throughout the year.

“For our students, it is a wonderful project that will enhance their SCU experience,” said Vice President of Student Life Brad Davis. “We wanted this to be more than just a cafeteria. We wanted it to be a place where students could feel comfortable studying, visiting or just simply relaxing in comfort.” The entire SCU community is grateful for Pioneer’s support especially Pioneer’s President William Sinclair and District Manager Jerry Comstock in working hard to make this a reality.”

Sinclair, Pioneer’s veteran leader, was on hand during the ceremony and said that the 10-year partnership with SCU is one that his company values greatly.

“This is the initial part of what promises to be big improvements coming forward to Southwestern Christian,” Sinclair said. “Our goal has always been to provide great food services and to make students dining experience exciting and enjoyable. This is a giant first step into that direction.”

New changes include the hiring of Patrick Duffy as the university’s new food services director. He said that his staff will work to improve food variety and the introduction of self-service presentations, allowing students to create their own dining experience.

Duffy said the daily menu will regularly include two entrees, salad bar, Belgian waffle bar, freshly prepared pizza, rotisserie chicken, deli bar, rotations bar, desserts and features from Pioneer Culinary Creations. In addition to these self-serve options, other offerings include a wide variety of fruits and desserts, monthly theme dinners and weekly “Bonus Bites” to keep visits to the dining hall enjoyable.

Founded in 1973, Pioneer College Caterers provides the highest quality food service available to the students, faculty and staff on Christian college and university campuses. Pioneer is the largest contract food service management company catering exclusively to Christian colleges and universities coast to coast with more than 49 schools in 20 different states.