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The Richards Treat University Center (RTUC) offers a variety of amenities and services for the Millikin and Decatur community. While here, enjoy hanging out in one of the lounges, eating a good meal in Wornick Dining Hall or The Big Blue Bistro, attend a student event or campus event, or just stop by to hang out in the Office of Student Organizations! For more information go to the University Information Center located on the upper level of the Richards Treat University Center or take an online tour of RTUC.
Hours of Operation for RTUC
Building Hours (during the academic year):
Monday - Friday 7am-12 Midnight
Saturday and Sundays 10am-12 Midnight
University Information Center:
Monday-Friday 7am-12 Midnight
Saturday and Sundays 10am-12 Midnight
Saturdays and Sundays 12pm-11:30pm
History of the Richards Treat University Center
Richards Treat University Center opened in 1960, was made possible by benefactors Lenore Richards and Nola Treat, class of 1907. The center was remodeled and enlarged in 1979 and still serves as a hub of campus activity. Richards Treat University Center (RTUC), built in 1979, was designed for a student body nearly half the size of Millikin's current one. Lenore Richards, born in Lincoln, Nebraska, attended the University of Illinois, where her father was dean of the College of Engineering, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1915.
From 1913 to 1918, she taught institutional management at Kansas State Teachers College and then was an assistant professor of institutional management at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis from 1918 to 1924. Richards and a teaching colleague, Nola Treat, co-authored a textbook, Quality Cooking, in 1922 which was revised four times and became the bible of the food service industry. Determined to put their ideas into practice, the two women opened the Richards Treat Cafeteria in downtown Minneapolis in 1924. Known for the quality of its food and service, as well as the low prices, the cafeteria served more than 3,000 people a day for the 33 years of its operation. Coffee was 10 cents a cup and rolls were six cents, and each partner was able to leave an estate of more than $1 million to educational institutions. For a time, Richards and Treat also supplied the Great Northern Railroad.
The Game Room is located on the upper level of RTUC. The space is equipped with a PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 with Kinect and holds over 40 games to keep everyone entertained! The Game room also includes air hockey, a pool table, and we have over 300 movies you can check-out for free!
Become an RTUC Employee
At the Richards Treat University Center, we have over 30 student employment opportunities. This includes setting up spaces, assisting at the University Information Center, becoming a specialized intern, or being a Building Manager! For more information contact Z Paul Reynolds, Director of Student Development and the Richards Treat University Center at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we have jobs available, they will be posted (and must be applied for) on the Career Services Website's Big Blue Jobs Application Center.
Scheduling and Special Events
Looking to reserve a space on campus? Student Development is a place to reserve space whether it is in Richards Treat University Center or in any of our buildings. Additionally, we provide the opportunity for community members to use our space for special events such as conferences, weddings, meetings, and much more! Please click here to learn about our scheduling and reservations guidelines. You may also click here to be directed to our ONLINE SCHEDULING SYSTEM in order to make a reservation request.
We are a proud member of ACUI! For more information, visit the Association of College Unions International!