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Rock Hill’s Clinton College unveils new dining hall, plans for future

Clinton College is looking to the future with updates to its campus and programs.

Clinton unveiled this month a renovated dining hall and a partnership with the dining service Aladdin, a release from the school states. The Millennium Cafe offers a new menu selection for students and staff that includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

The new menu also offers made-to-order deli sandwiches, pizza and a fresh salad bar, according to the college.

Lester McCorn, president of the historically black college in Rock Hill, joined the students Thursday in eating lunch in the new space.

“We’re exited. We try every year to do something new for the students,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a hit on campus and something the students will really appreciate.”

McCorn said the renovated cafe may be used as a welcome center for future guests.

“This allows us to offer spaces on campus that are not just for students, but for the community,” he said. “We hope to invite others into the space.”

The new dining hall is one of several changes Clinton has recently made as the school grows. Clinton this year marked 125 years.

Earlier this year, Clinton added a music department, led by gospel music leader Tony McNeill.

McCorn said the college has also provided every student with a tablet they can use for course work.

“We’ve made a commitment to updating technology and digital learning,” he said.

The tablets also track student attendance as they bring them to class, McCorn said.

“We found one of the indicators for a lack of success is a lack of attendance,” he said. “That’s going to add another feature that we think will improve student engagement.”

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Amanda Harris covers issues related to children and families in York, Chester and Lancaster County for The Herald. Amanda works with local schools, parents and community members to address important topics such as school security, mental health and the opioid epidemic. She graduated from Winthrop University.
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