Modifications to Dining and Facilities for Start of Spring 2022 Semester

Greetings Students, Faculty and Staff,

HMC Dining Update Short Version

Due to the impact of Omicron variant:

  • There will be no eating in the Dining Hall during the first two weeks of class. Grab-and-go meals will be available to HMC students and on campus DSA staff only.
  • HMC Catering services are unavailable until further notice.
  • HMC Café will reopen for grab and go January 17 for HMC students, faculty and staff and others.
  • Jay’s Place will reopen for grab-and-go meals on January 18 for HMC students only.
    PDRs in Hoch-Shanahan will be closed during the first two weeks of class.

In light of the Omicron variant’s impact on spring semester planning, several modifications to dining and facilities access will be implemented during the first two weeks of the semester to help protect our community. The purpose of these modifications is to minimize indoor activities and to maintain nimble staffing if we are faced with larger numbers of cases on campus in the coming weeks.

HMC Dining Update

For the first two weeks of the spring semester, dining at Hoch-Shanahan will be limited to grab-and-go meals for HMC students and the small number of DSA staff who live on campus. We are planning ahead for several possible scenarios. If we have large numbers of student COVID-19 cases, more staff will need to focus on food delivery to students in isolation. We also need to maintain capacity in the event our staff are isolated. We are hoping at some point in the semester to allow HMC faculty and staff to eat from our dining hall, but we will not be at that point at the beginning of the semester. Catering services are temporarily unavailable due to staffing limitations. The Café will be open starting January 17 to students, faculty and staff and will have a variety of grab-and-go options. Jay’s Place is scheduled to reopen January 18 for grab-and-go food for HMC students only. After the first few weeks following the beginning of the semester, dining hall plans will be reevaluated and any changes will be communicated.

Hoch-Shanahan Hours of Operations


Breakfast: 7:30–9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:15 a.m.–1 p.m.
Dinner: 5–7 p.m.


Brunch: 10:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Dinner: 5–7 p.m.

The Café Hour of Operations


7:30 a.m.–7 p.m.

Jay’s Place Hours of Operations


7 p.m.–1 a.m.


8 p.m.–2 a.m.

Note: hours are subject to change due to the evolving COVID-19 situation.

Facility Access Restrictions and Additional Outdoor Seating

During the first two weeks, the private dining rooms (PDRs) inside Hoch-Shanahan will be closed. As a result, existing PDR reservations will be canceled through January 31. Prior to January 18, facility access will be reevaluated and any changes will be communicated.

Additional outdoor seating will be provided throughout campus to support eating outside. This will include seating on the basketball courts for the first two weeks. We ask that the tables not be moved.

Thank you for your understanding. Students, if you have any questions, please contact DSA at Faculty and staff, if you have any questions, please contact your area vice president.


The President’s Cabinet

Maria Klawe, President
Karen Angemi, Director of the President’s Office and Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Thyra Briggs, Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid
Andrew Dorantes, Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer
Timothy Hussey, Chief Communications Officer and Assistant Secretary to the Board
Hieu Nguyen, Vice President for Advancement
Lisa Sullivan, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
Marco Antonio Valenzuela, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Joseph Vaughan, Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Computing and Information Services