MONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas at Monticello will open Chick-fil-A in UAM’s new Student Success Center Monday, Aug. 13.
The effort is a component of UAM Chancellor Karla Hughes’ Student Success Initiative, according to a news release.
Chick-fil-A will be open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Limited parking is available in front of the Student Success Center with additional parking in a new lot, currently under construction, across University Drive next to the Fine Arts Center. There will be no drive-through service.
“Adding a Chick-fil-A to this wonderful new facility is just one small piece of a much larger puzzle as we build a culture of student success at UAM,” Hughes said. “We knew we were going to add a food service option to this building, and when we polled students and asked them for their preference, Chick-fil-A was the overwhelming choice.”
Thomas Bedward, director of Aramark Food Services at UAM, said the restaurant will offer 35 new jobs to students and the community.
“We are excited to partner with Chick-fil-A and UAM to create a dining experience we believe our students and the community will enjoy,” he said.
The Student Success Center, a two-story 35,300-square-foot structure, will be formally dedicated by Gov. Asa Hutchinson Tuesday, Sept. 11.
“The $8.5 million building brings together several programs that directly impact student success, including admissions and enrollment services, orientation, retention, academic advising, career counseling and testing, tutoring and developmental education,” according to the release.
Temporary offices for the cashier, financial aid, housing and the registrar will be used at the center primarily during the early days of each semester to provide a one-stop shop for student services.
“In constructing a Student Success Center, UAM is following a nationwide trend in higher education to consolidate vital student services under one roof,” according to the release.
The building will also house a new bookstore and space for computer labs, small meeting rooms and the chancellor’s office.
“It’s a proven strategy across the country that facilities like this improve student services from entry to exit,” Hughes said. “Our ultimate goal is to recruit, retain and graduate students. That is the lifeblood of the institution and is at the core of our Student Success Initiative.”