New WVU café honors former HSC cafeteria operator
Dedication ceremony to take place Oct. 19
 Gary Dillon of WVU Dining Services fills an order at Cavanaugh’s.

West Virginia University will honor the memory of a special woman during the grand opening celebration of Cavanaugh's, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in the Health Sciences Center’s Learning Center.   The coffee shop is named after Elsie Cavanaugh who owned and operated a Health Sciences Center cafeteria from 1957 through 1972.

The grand opening also marks the unveiling of “I Owe Mrs. Cavanaugh,” a painting by Larry Krames, M.D., award-winning artist and WVU School of Medicine alumnus.

Cavanaugh is best remembered for her compassion toward the students she served.

WVU School of Dentistry alumnus Bob Wanker, D.D.S., recalls being short on cash one day and having Mrs. Cavanaugh come to his rescue.

“Mrs. Cavanaugh kept a book beside of the register,” Dr. Wanker said.  “All you had to do was mark down your number and how much you spent for your meal.  To think that someone you had never met before trusted you – and everyone else in the Med Center – gave you a warm feeling of security.”

“Elsie Cavanaugh represents a feeling of comfort and security that so many of our alumni associate with the HSC,” John Prescott, M.D., dean of the WVU School of Medicine, said.  “We’re excited that a name from our past can become part of the great future of student-centered projects and offerings throughout the HSC.”

Many members of Mrs. Cavanaugh’s family from throughout the U.S. will be in Morgantown for the celebration.

Cavanaugh's, run by WVU Dining Services, offers espresso drinks, fresh-brewed Starbucks coffee, tea, hot chocolate, blended drinks to order, Italian sodas, bottled soft drinks, juice and water.  Jumbo-size muffins, bagels, biscotti and oversized cookies plus a variety of healthy snacks are also available.

Cavanaugh’s is open Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.  Cavanaugh’s accepts “Meals Plus,” “Mountie Bounty,” Visa, Mastercard and cash.

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For more information:
Cassie Waugh, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
cw: 10-16-07

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