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June, 2019

CUA Memorabilia Needed for Student Restaurant Makeover

By Chris Harrison

CUA faculty, staff and alumni who have CUA memorabilia to share are being asked to help campus officials with the reinvention of the student restaurant in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center.

The restaurant will have a new look when students return in the fall, after a summer makeover to give the third floor dining hall a “Cardinal theme.” 

The new look, based on themed décor restaurants like the Hard Rock Café, TGI Fridays and Planet Hollywood, will be created with memorabilia evoking the campus’ history and character. University staff members currently are asking for donations of items that could be used to adorn the dining hall, to transform the modern, open space into a more sentimental, personalized locale. The student restaurant is where most students who live on campus eat the majority of their meals and also is open to the entire campus community.

“The key to success in this form of décor lies in obtaining a critical mass of memorabilia to display,” says Ralph Scherini, CUA associate vice president for business services, who is spearheading the project. “We’re asking for help in collecting items. They shouldn’t be museum pieces – rather, they should be items that represent a ‘slice of life’ at the university. The items we’re looking for could even be seen as junk or clutter, taking up space in the basement or a storage closet at home or on campus.”

Some of the items Scherini is looking for include graduation caps and gowns; old quizzes or text books; sports mementos; photos of significant campus events or celebrities with students; study abroad souvenirs; engineering or architecture gear such as hard hats, drafting equipment or survey scopes, or club event flyers.

“We want to celebrate the CUA experience; past and present. If anyone has items that will evoke memories of Catholic University [but are now] collecting dust somewhere, we hope they will consider donating them to help inject more Cardinal spirit into the student restaurant,” Scherini said.

In addition to the new themed décor, renovation plans include the addition of interior structures such as partial walls and ceilings designed to differentiate smaller eating areas and add extra character and warmth to the large open space of the restaurant. Planners hope the changes – to include seating enhancements such as banquettes (upholstered bench-type seating), counters and tables – will make the venue more comfortable and welcoming.

For more information about the project or to ascertain if a donation would be in line with the planned décor, contact Scherini at 202-319-5046 or e-mail: Renovation activities are scheduled to begin in mid-May so items are sought immediately. CUA will pay for all associated shipping or transportation costs.

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