Student Center, Boulevard Bread Now Open in Old Bookstore Building

The following article was originally featured on the UAMS Intranet as “Student Center, Boulevard Bread Opening Soon”. You can find the original article here.

Something new has come to the UAMS campus.

The building that previously housed the UAMS Bookstore has been transformed into a new Student Center, complete with a Boulevard Bread restaurant that is open to students, faculty, staff and hospital patients and visitors.

The new UAMS Student Center and Boulevard Bread are in the former bookstore building.

The new UAMS Student Center and Boulevard Bread are located in the former bookstore building.

Final touches are being made to the space, which opened Thursday, Sept. 8.

The Student Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Boulevard Bread will be serving from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Boulevard Bread will accept cash and credit cards. As a private food vendor, they are unable to utilize the UAMS badge reader system for payment or offer the employee/student discount.

The Student Center was conceived and funded by Chancellor Dan Rahn, M.D., and Stephanie Gardner, Pharm.D., Ed.D., provost and chief academic officer.

“The new Student Center will enhance the academic environment of the campus and give students from all of our colleges a gathering place for studying, relaxing between classes or meeting up for interdisciplinary social events,” said Gardner. “In addition, the opening of Boulevard Bread at the center should please students, employees, patients and visitors by providing another option for breakfast or lunch.”

The UAMS Student Center has comfy furniture with outlets for charging devices.

UAMS students requested that the new Student Center have comfy furniture with electrical outlets for charging devices.

Until now, the individual colleges have had lounges for their students, but there hasn’t been a central space where students from across UAMS could gather, said Cheri Goforth, director of Campus Life and Student Support Services.

“When we started planning out the space, we asked students what they wanted to have in the Student Center,” said Goforth. “The top answers were comfortable furniture with built-in electrical outlets for charging devices and televisions, so that is what we gave them.”

The Student Center, which will be managed by Waymond Stewart, will throw its Grand Opening event on Friday, Sept. 16. Included in that event are a Student Resource Fair, where students can get information about various programs on campus, and a Constitution Day celebration, which will include voter registration efforts. Lunch will be served by Boulevard Bread, and a food truck will also be on hand.

“We have a lot of great activities planned for the students this year,” said Goforth. “I’m really grateful to Dr. Rahn and Dr. Gardner for making this possible for our students.”

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