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Oak Room Closing For Good May 11

April 4, 2007

Dear UNH Community,

I wanted to inform you as a courtesy that the Oak Room will be closing its doors for the last time on May 11. We have enjoyed serving all our guests over the past ten years. And certainly appreciate everyone’s patronage.

University Hospitality Services will be vacating all space in Huddleston due to the institutional decision to convert Huddleston Hall from a dining/student service facility to an academic facility--particularly a Liberal Arts facility. This decision was made when faculty offices were first moved to the upper floors and subsequently reinforced with recent use-changes in the facility.

Please know that both our current Oak Room staff, Patti Jo and Beverly, will be placed in a position within our program. They have both done a fantastic job this past year and we look forward to having them contribute their talents to serve our guests.

As part of a summer renovation project, UHS Catering will be moving to Stillings Hall. With this move, Huddleston Hall will no longer have a kitchen to support the Oak Room. The excellent service you have come to expect from the Oak Room cannot be achieved due to the loss of the kitchen.

During the past four years, the guest counts for the Oak Room have declined significantly. Over that same time period, participation in the faculty/staff meal plan has grown to more than 350 members. In the fall semester, patron counts for the Oak Room averaged in the 20-30 range per day.

As you may know, the auxiliary enterprises on campus have been asked to submit a plan to reduce the ‘hold harmless’ to zero by FY12. We in Business Affairs have taken this challenge seriously. A complete review of our current services is underway. Our resources are limited. The small patronage for the Oak Room warrants the decision to close at the end of the semester.

Sincerely,

David J. May
Executive Director of Business Affairs


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