A Department for All Seasons

October 19, 2001

Arthur Nead
Phone: 865-5714

Headquartered in ground floor offices of the Reily Student Recreation Center is the Office of Auxiliary Services and Student Centers, a department serving the campus in varied and sometimes surprising ways. The department is responsible for managing a lengthy list of facilities and service organizations, among them campus recreation, card services, meal plans and vending and the University Center and all the retail groups it houses.

The Reily Center is the home of campus recreation, and with its Olympic-sized swimming pool, exercise and weight-training facilities, various athletic venues and jogging track, remains a hub of healthy activity for a cross-section of the community. According to Rob Hailey, associate vice president of auxiliary services and student centers, the Reily Center receives funds from user fees as well as alumni and community memberships.

Another of the campus mega facilities, the University Center endures as a focus of activity for the entire university community, housing a variety of outlets and services, including dining spots, a branch bank, the computer center, the bookstore and meeting and event rooms. Also, the department schedules and maintains McAlister Auditorium and Bruff Commons.

"The other major thing auxiliary services manages is food service," says Hailey. "All the food service on campus works its way up to us, including the P.J.s and Rue De La Course coffee shops." The food service provider for the university is Sodexho, which has been on campus for 12 years. Bruff Commons, the university's main meal plan provider, features a Sbarro Pizza outlet, a grill counter with hamburgers and grilled sandwiches and a vegan area. There is also a salad bar, a deli bar and a dessert bar.

"By the beginning of next year were going to try to have a faculty-staff meal plan in place," says Hailey. This will allow faculty and staff to put dollars on their I.D. card and receive a designated discount. According to Kelly Venable Carroll, assistant director of auxiliary services and student centers, the department will hold an open house in early December for the University Center's service areas. "There will be a good discount offered to faculty and staff on many items," she says. "This will give people an opportunity to do some early holiday shopping."

The computer center plans to raffle off a laptop computer, as well as put together some holiday packages. Other auxiliary services departments such as campus recreation will also be on hand for the open house. And thanks to auxiliary services, Tulane alumni will have an updated class ring. Working with a designer from ArtCarved, the academic ring manufacturer, the department organized a committee of students, staff and alumni to research and design a class ring.

"We went through archives and rooted through old yearbooks, took pictures around campus, and came up with a design," says Carroll. The new ring design was unveiled at a ceremony and reception held Oct. 11 on the Gibson Hall quad. "What we in auxiliary services really need is constant input from the various user groups on campus," says Hailey.

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