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This article was originally posted in the SNHU Observer (Volume IV, Issue 5) on April 22, 1997:

As you may know, the New Hampshire College hospitality division is now housed in a new building on south campus. What you may not know are the changes that have happened behind the scenes and the changes that are yet to come.

The new building is now the center for all hospitality majors (culinary arts, restaurant management, hotel administration and tourism). Housed in this facility are culinary arts kitchens, classrooms, the culinary restaurant, faculty offices, conference rooms and banquet facilities.

Many of you may ask why this change took place. It is part of the college’s campus-consolidation program. It is also meant to cater to the demands of a growing hospitality program. The move to south campus is part of a strategic plan, along with the development of new courses and the hiring of new faculty members.

The biggest changes are planned for the culinary arts program. The last revisions to the curriculum were in the mid-1980’s, and it has come time to make more revisions to keep up with the ever-changing culinary field. In the fall, there will be a new baking major offered. With this, students will receive their culinary degree with a concentration in baking arts. Other changes include culinary luncheons offered every week at a reduced rate, dinners on Wednesday and Thursday nights and a coffee shop that will serve fresh pastries and an assortment of beverages.

Another change still on the drawing board is a computer lab dedicated to hospitality majors. Software installed on these computers will include programs relevant to course work given in the hospitality classes. Also in the plans is a front desk/reception area for hotel and tourism majors. Here, students will be able to roleplay and prepare presentations for their classes.

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