Donor Visits Anderson Commons
Sep 23, 2010The woman most responsible for building the Anderson Commons visited her namesake dining facility for the first time Sept. 23.
“Oh, it’s beautiful,” says Carol Anderson, who with her late husband, Dennis, funded the food preparation and dining facility. “I’m so glad the students love it. I’m happy to hear everyone at Concordia is proud of it.”
After a tour of the many lunch options available, she settled on preparing a hot waffle topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit.
“I can see this is a hard place to try dieting,” says Anderson. “I can’t believe all the selections. Everything looks so good, and I’m thrilled to see so many students and faculty eating here.”
Opened in 2007, the Anderson Commons has become a centerpiece of the campus, a bright gathering place for students who linger over lunch and dinner in a space awash in light streaming in from southern exposure windows.
“I think this room really sets Concordia apart,” says Anderson. “It’s rejuvenated the campus. It must help bring new students to the college.”
Having only seen her namesake from drawings, Anderson is delighted the facility is so well used.
“It’s one thing to look at someone’s plans for a building, but to actually see it is a real treat,” she says. “And, oh, the windows. How appropriate. I’m sure they brighten those dark winter days.”
The Anderson Commons serves an average of 3,000 meals a day, a number that astonishes Anderson.
The Anderson’s operated a large grain farm near Pierre, S.D., and Carol remembers cooking for farm workers.
“But never on a scale like this,” she laughs.