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this is to be something that Kearney has not seen,” Christen said. “For us, it’s kind of an urban setting with a walkable, mixed-use kind of community. And that community we really want to be a hub for the region.” So far, University Village has, or has planned, spaces for living, learning and exercise. Village Flats provides living space for UNK and University of Nebraska Medical Center students and staff and the new LaVonne Kopecky Plambeck Early Childhood Education Center will have enough space to serve children from the wider Kearney community. That center is set to open this fall. Then, the first cooperative build- ing, a tennis facility, is on the docket. Birthed from a partnership between UNK and the city of Kearney, this outdoor/indoor tennis complex will be owned by the city of Kearney and By TIFFANY STOIBER Digital Editor KEARNEY — For decades, the field south of 25th Street has set empty. There were some discus- sions in the 1980s as to what the plan was for the land the University of Nebraska at Kearney owned. Now, though, the Kearney community is getting its first glimpse of what the space will be someday: University Village. With the opening of Village Flats last year and two more buildings on the docket, the space already is starting to take shape. However, it may be decades before the vision for the village is actualized. Around five years ago, Executive Director of Uni- versity Vil- lage Michael Christen said, the Kearney University Village Develop- ment Corp. Board of Directors came up with a master plan for the land. “I think our vision for University Village space starting to take shape with more plans in the works HDR Engineering, courtesy University Village will be south of The Buckle’s headquarters and the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s West Campus. Plans include a mixture of university structures and private housing and businesses. Glimpse into the future UNK Communications, courtesy The LaVonne Kopecky Plambeck Early Childhood Education Center at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will have a capacity for 176 children from infant to age 6. Chick-fil-A satisfies students, community By KIM SCHMIDT Hub Staff Writer KEARNEY — Chick-fil-A is all it’s cracked up to be, helping to make the Nebraskan Student Union a destination spot on the University of Nebraska at Kear- ney campus. “Its been an incredible addi- tion to the union,” said Todd Gottula, a UNK spokesperson. “It’s done exactly what we expected in terms of creating more energy and drawing more attention to the union.” In fall 2018, UNK added Chick-fil-A to the already exist- ing Starbucks and Subway. The trio has made the union a gath- ering spot, not just for students, faculty and staff, but the commu- nity as well. “We’ve seen a large increase in foot traffic in the building, directly related to Chick-fil-A, Starbucks and Subway,” said Gottula. Combined, Chick-fil-A, Starbucks and Subway had $1.4 million in sales in a 10-month period from August 2018 to May. Chick-fil-A made up about 46 percent of those sales, or $633,000. Starbucks did $353,000 in sales, while Subway had $388,000 in sales. Sodexo man- ages all three businesses. Sales include not only cash and credit card sales, but UNK By KIM SCHMIDT Hub Staff Writer KEARNEY —After 20 years the University of Nebraska at Kearney has changed its dining services provider. In July, the University of Nebras- ka Board of Regents approved Sodexo, replacing Chartwells, which was doing business as Com- pass Group USA Inc. “You’re not going to notice any major, significant changes in the menu items,” said Todd Gottula, a UNK spokesperson. Last fall Chartwells sought rene- gotiation of the contract’s financial terms, and on Feb. 13 Chartwells notified UNK that it would termi- nate the existing contract. Sodexo’s proposal keeps the over- Corbey Dorsey, UNK Communications Chartwells, which provided dining services to UNK for 20 years, has been replaced by Sodexo. The new food service provider began transitioning staff and business functions last month and officially takes over operations today. UNK Communications Chick-fil-A inside the Nebraska Student Union is the only restaurant west of Lincoln. It opened in August 2018. UNK switches to Sodexo Change in dining service providers is first in 20 years “We’ve seen a large increase in foot traffic in the building, directly related to Chick-fil-A, Starbucks and Subway.” Todd Gottula CHICK-FIL-A , page 2 UNIVERSITY VILLAGE , page 2 It likely will be decades before the space is filled entirely with new buildings. SODEXO , page 2 HUB UNK 2019 THE FIRST OF FOUR FEATURE SECTIONS HIGHLIGHTING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT KEARNEY BEST YEARS inside How students can avoid the infamous ‘freshman 15.’ page 3 Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019

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