Hidden Campus Gems

Hidden Campus Gems

Mar 4
Manuel Colón, NRES Student Recruitment Coordinator

For the number of collective years that I’ve spent on our campus as either a student or professional, I’m always really impressed when I found out about new places/services that I wasn’t already familiar with. In fact, I was just in the Main Library a few weeks ago and literally discovered entirely new rooms that I had no clue existed. So, I decided to compile some of my favorite campus “hidden” gems that I’m sure most students would appreciate learning about.

Post Office at Altgeld Hall
I know that with the digital age, we are increasingly sending less and less items through traditional postal mail. But, sometimes you just need to buy stamps or send a package and while there is a post office on Green and 3rd, we have one right here on campus! Per the Math Library website, “There is a United States Post Office in Altgeld, though due to the internal layout of the building, finding it can be difficult. The easiest way to get to it is to find the two blue mail boxes outside of Altgeld Hall on Wright Street. If you are already in Altgeld, exit the building at the main entraince on Green Street and turn left; turn left again onto Wright and look for the large blue mail box. Just behind the mail box is a door into the building; if you enter this door, you will walk right into the post office.” Location hours can be found on the USPS’ website.

The Underground Tunnels
Contrary to popular belief, “the tunnels” are not just an urban legend. In fact, they are pretty common for such large campuses like ours for steam pipes and other utility services. Last spring, NRES professor, Dr. Bethany Cutts, was featured in the Daily Illini about her frequent use of them to and from her campus classes and her office here in Turner Hall. Similar to Dr. Cutts, my use of the tunnels extend from Turner Hall to the Institute for Genomic Biology and most importantly, which leads to my final hidden gem, Bevier Hall!

Bevier Café
Did you know that we have student-ran restaurant right here on our campus? As part of the Food Science and Human Nutrition program, students registered in FSH340 (Quantity Food Preparation and Service course) get real-life experience running a full-service restaurant. Much like many of the College of ACES departments, Bevier Café, offers our students a unparalleled experience that is hands-on and expands learning beyond the classroom. Bevier Café has hot breakfast from 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., their daily menu is available on their website.

Have fun exploring campus and getting to know my “hidden” gems a little better!

The Tunnels
"The Tunnels" graphic appeared in the Daily Illini - 3/11/2014