Thursday, March 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The HNC Cafeteria

The HNC Cafeteria Then
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center cafeteria has been operating since the early days of the Center.  Located in the same building as the dorms, the cafeteria offers a quick, convenient, and inexpensive option for hungry students.  Filtered water and proper refrigeration are
The HNC Cafeteria Now
provided, so that students can focus on their studies instead of worrying about food safety.  Many faculty and staff members also eat meals in the cafeteria, so this is a great opportunity for students to get to know their professors outside of the classroom.  Some years, depending on the nationalities and backgrounds of the students, there have even been language tables devoted to conversation in Spanish, Cantonese, and other languages, to allow students the opportunity to practice their language skills.  While that varies each year, you will always hear conversations in Chinese and English throughout the cafeteria.

However, the cafeteria's history hasn't been entirely happy.  In 1995, much of the cafeteria was destroyed when a fire damaged the building.  It has been fully restored since then, and we expect it to continue to be a gathering place for the entire HNC community for many years to come.

Today, the cafeteria is host to several celebrations throughout the year, from Christmas and New Years dinners to the annual graduation banquet.   The residential nature of the program is especially obvious when students, faculty, staff, and their families gather together for these celebratory meals. 

2012 Christmas Banquet in the HNC Cafeteria