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C of I reopens renovated Simplot Dining Hall

The College of Idaho will celebrate the grand re-opening of Simplot Dining Hall from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 inside the newly remodeled building on the College’s campus in Caldwell. Hummel Architects, Kreizenbeck Construction and the College recently completed a $1.5 million summer renovation to Simplot, which will be fully operational when students arrive on campus next week.

“We are excited to unveil the remodeled Simplot Dining Hall,” said C of I President Marv Henberg. “These renovations are a welcome addition to our campus and will improve the dining experience for our students, guests and the campus community.”

Renovations to the building include a remodeled servery area, new kitchen equipment, a brick oven for pizzas, a modified layout, energy-efficient lighting, heating and cooling upgrades, new and improved flooring and tiling, new fixtures and a fresh coat of paint. Henberg and Sam Currie – district manager of the College’s food services provider, Bon Appétit – will be on hand Tuesday to speak briefly about the upgrades and officially reopen the building.

Simplot Dining Hall was built in 1948 with the support of long-time College of Idaho trustee and honorary alumnus J.R. Simplot. Since then the College’s main cafeteria has been added onto and remodeled, most recently in the mid-1990s.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit