A ‘venti’ welcome for campus coffeehouse

October 24, 2011

In his inaugural address, President Roger Casey articulated a grand vision for the future of the college as a global leader of liberal arts education. He also set his sights on an immediate "venti" campus improvement: a cozy coffeehouse with extended hours located right inside Hoover Library where students, faculty and staff could relax and refuel.

Casey and his wife, Robyn Allers, supported the project with a personal gift and, just six months after the speech, a new café is serving up Starbucks macchiatos, frothy chais, luscious pastries and more at Caseys’ Corner, named in honor of first-parents Ruskin and Barbara Casey. Open from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and 4-11 p.m. Sunday, the café is staffed almost entirely by McDaniel students.

"We’ve been anticipating this for a very long while," said Allison Spencer ’13, who showed up for a pumpkin spice latte 15 minutes after the doors opened for the first time Oct. 13. English professors Kathy Mangan and Suzanne Nida weren’t far behind. "This has been my dream," said Mangan. Agrees Seibert, "I can’t wait to get over here to settle in and grade papers."