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Grand Opening of Cafe Rouge set for Jan. 25

Contact: Courtney Niemuth
WARRENSBURG, MO (Jan. 12, 2012) - The University of Central Missouri invites UCM students, faculty and staff to the grand opening of Café Rouge, the University of Central Missouri’s new coffeehouse setting across from Jazzman’s in the Elliott Union, at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Cafe Rouge logo

The event will feature opening remarks by President Ambrose, followed by readings and performances on the stage by members of the UCM community, including Shari Bax, vice provost of Student Experience and Engagement, and Wendy Geiger, associate professor of communication. An official ribbon cutting for the new student space will also take place.

Café Rouge, which means Red Café in French, features a fireplace with shelves and new furniture, including couches and chairs, bistro-style tables and a laptop bar. With seating for about 30 people, it will be a venue for open mic nights, discussion groups and other student events throughout the year.

“The goal of the space is to create an area that will foster student engagement at UCM whether students are sharing a cup of coffee, working on homework or listening to a performance,” said Deb Hobson, senior director of the Elliott Union.

Groups wanting to use the space for public events can reserve it through the Office of Meeting and Conference Services.

The addition of Café Rouge complements Jazzman’s extended hours. Café Rouge will serve Jazzman’s coffees, which are Fair Trade Certified from sustainable sources, from 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday though Thursday and 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday.

Elliott Union is considered the “campus living room” and is open to students and the public seven days a week. The services available in the building include U.S. Bank, the UCM ID Card Office, the Union Bowling Center, a DVD rental kiosk, the University Store, numerous retail food vendors, the Office of Accessibility and the Office of Student Activities.