But it’s actually the two new kitchens for students living on residence at Thorneloe University.
Thorneloe has invested roughly $200,000 to renovate the two kitchens. The new-look, European-style kitchens include all new cupboards and countertops, seating areas and appliances.
The Thorneloe Student Residence is one of the most sought-after addresses on the grounds of Laurentian University, a press release from Thorneloe said.
The residence features 58 single rooms, a two-storey student lounge, a sauna and an outdoor courtyard.
“The kitchens are the focal point and the heart of the student residence,” said Robert Derrenbacker, Thorneloe's president and vice-chancellor.
“This is where students prepare meals and eat together and where they socialize, develop friendships and cultivate life skills. We felt renovating the kitchens was absolutely necessary to maintain the mission of the Thorneloe University residence.”
“We believe this is worthwhile investment in our institution and in our students,” adds Steve Moutsatsos, chair of the Thorneloe board of governors.
“Over the years we’ve fostered an atmosphere that is very personal and feels like family, regardless of where you are on the Thorneloe property.
“It is one of Thorneloe’s greatest strengths, and one of our strongest selling points to prospective students and their families. Modern kitchens are key to maintaining that atmosphere and our student-centred approach to university education.”
“Thorneloe has a family-like atmosphere, a quiet close-knit relatedness that grounds these young men and women during this strenuous and difficult time of life and affords them friendships and kinship with each other,” said Markus Rukkila, dean of residence.
“These kitchens are the only ones at Thorneloe for resident use, and as such they are planned with the intent for those who live here to sit together, to speak together, to foster friendship with each other, and to live life with each other.”
“Renovated kitchens were at the top of the list for students in our residence,” said Pierre Geoffroy, president of Thorneloe’s Residence Council.
“They really enjoy spending time with each other in the kitchens and this will certainly make the Residence that much more appealing.”
Thorneloe University is one of the founding institutions of the Laurentian University Federation.
Founded in 1962, it offers undergraduate studies in five programs: Classical Studies, Motion Picture Arts, Theatre Arts, Religious Studies, and Women’s Studies, as well as a School of Theology.
Thorneloe has roughly 350 full-time equivalent students.