Three SD universities expanding student centers

All construction will improve foodservice space.

May 29—Three eastern South Dakota universities are expanding their student centers this summer, a move university officials say is necessary to accommodate growing enrollments. South Dakota State University in Brookings, the University of South Dakota in Vermillion and Northern State University in Aberdeen all have recently kicked off student center remodel projects, and while construction plans vary, all are aimed at providing increased space, including foodservice.

At SDSU, three nationally branded food service sites will be a part of the new dining space, said SDSU Student Union Director Jennifer Novotny. Two have yet to be confirmed, but she said there will be a Panda Express, which will offer Asian cuisine.

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