by Diane VanDyke
After months of suspense, Montgomery County Community College President Dr. Karen Stout announced the name of the College’s newest café located in the atrium of the freshly renovated Parkhouse Hall.
And, the name is . . . “Park Place.”
English Professor Dr. Anne Colvin submitted the winning entry, explaining the name “is an allusion to one of the classy addresses on a Monopoly game board” and represents “a place to ‘park’ yourself while you enjoy the fare.” As the winner, she receives a $250 meal card from CulinArt Inc., the College’s food vendor.
The College pitched the “Name the Parkhouse Café” contest in January to solicit input from students, staff and faculty in naming the café. Sixty-three people submitted 153 entries. More than one person suggested “Park Place,” so the award went to the first person who submitted the name.
The committee included Student Government Vice President Joshua Schwartz, Suzanne Holloman, Lynn Rothman, Debra Hunt, Margaret Lee-Clark, Christopher Coia, Porter Bush of CulinArt and George Shal.
The ceremony highlighted the open space of the newly completed three-floor atrium, which is designed to be a gathering place for students where they can read, study and enjoy the food of Park Place. The café is scheduled to open on Aug. 31, the first day of classes for the fall semester, and the menu includes hot sandwiches, snacks and drinks.
The renovation process of Parkhouse Hall started in May 2009 and included enhancing the classroom and offices, transforming the open courtyard into an atrium, creating a Center for Entrepreneurial Studies with an incubator, enhancing the appearance of the entrances and creating a separate entrance for the Workforce Development and Continuing Education division.
The $15 million renovation project was funded through a combination of public support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Montgomery County.
Parkhouse Hall is named in honor of Russell Parkhouse, who served as a Montgomery County Commissioner from 1960-1983 and who played a key role in establishing the College.