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Students, faculty, staff and visitors can now
enjoy delectable dining experiences at the newly
remodeled and expanded TAMIU
Student Center Food Court.
Dusty’s Diner is now relocated
to the northwest side of the Center
and is joined by Subway, the Grill
and additions offering home-style
meals at Home Zone; pasta or pizza
at Bene’s or selections from Dusty’s
Xpress, a campus convenience store.
A year in the making, the
expansion accommodates about 950
– 1,050 customers daily.
long overdue. With the increase
in enrollment year after year, we
had outgrown our facility,” said
Bert Rivera, catering director, food
“We recently saw a 17 percent
increase in customers. The expansion
and increased seating has led to
increased Food Court usage,” Rivera
The Food Court is operated under contract by
Aramark, which also provides event catering services.
Bede Leyendecker, chair, department of Fine and
Performing Arts.
“The opening of the CFPA Theatre allowed us to
commit ourselves to host and this is the first time
the Conference will take place anywhere in South
Texas. It’s a remarkable first forTAMIU,” Leyendecker
“We look forward to hosting our colleagues and
are really excited to share our culture and heritage
with our guests,” Leyendecker added.
For the past five years, the steering committee
has been working, thinking, planning and getting
The additional hotels and restaurants springing
up along Loop 20 also helped make the Conference
“We are also grateful to the Laredo Convention
and Visitors Bureau, local hotels and businesses
for working with us to make this the best possible
experience for our guests,” Leyendecker added.
For more information, contact Leyendecker at or call 956.326.2649.
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