News Release

Published on Wednesday, August 31, 2011

After more than a year of renovations, Western Technical College is ready to officially unveil the first floor of the Kumm Center, 400 6th Street N. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Monday, Sept. 12 at 11:30 a.m., followed by an open house with door prizes, giveaways, and Western merchandise and food specials. The public is invited to attend.

The remodeled area now houses a student union, bookstore, Student Life offices, lab space for Foods programs, and the Union Market food court.

“This project is really a response to changes we are seeing,” said Lee Rasch, president of Western Technical College. “Students are staying on campus for longer periods of time and need a comfortable place to study and just hang out. The Student Union gives them that space, and the Union Market gives them several healthy food options while they’re here.”

The previous cafeteria was original to the Kumm Center, which was built in 1970. Now, the Union Market provides five different stations: Hub’s Burgers & Sandwiches, Chop’s Mongolian Grill, 7th Street Subs & Burritos, Cavalini’s Pizza, and Fast & Fresh Soup and Salad Bar.

“We’re proud of the food choices we have made available to our customers,” said Dan Murphy, director of Food Services. “We are part of a local farm-to-institution network and do everything we can to purchase locally grown food. For example, the burgers are made from grass-fed beef that comes from Viroqua and is never frozen.”

And, this food option isn’t just for students. “Few people realize that anyone can come to campus to eat,” said Murphy. “We hope these new selections will entice some local folks to grab a bite to eat here.”

Founded in 1912, Western is currently celebrating its centennial year in education. As part of this celebration, historical photos and information will be on display during the day’s events.

For more information about Western, visit or call 608.785.9200. For details on the Union Market, visit .