4/7/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – A grand opening for the new café on the Ashland University campus, named “The COBE Café,” will be held on April 12 and 13, with raffles, free samples and a chance to see the hard work of an AU student and the Eagle Entrepreneurs come to life.
The hours of operation for The COBE Café in the Dauch College of Business and Economics are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the grand opening will be held during these hours.
Alex McHugh, a junior from Newark, Ohio, who is triple majoring in Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Supply Chain Management, has been appointed the manager of the new COBE Cafe. He also is the vice president of Eagle Entrepreneurs and involved in Enactus and APICS.
The Schar-style café, which opened on March 29, started with the idea of a club-owned coffee cart during last year’s spring semester. After performing marketing surveys with students who have classes in Dauch, they discovered that they needed an outlet that offered more options than vending and was compatible with meal swipes.
After presenting their plan to build a café to Dr. Jeff Russell, dean of the Dauch College of Business and Economics, who approved the idea, they moved onto Auxiliary Services. They ended up partnering with Auxiliary Services, and the idea started to take form.
McHugh, who has been able to turn this whole process into an internship, is putting his business management skills to good use. Some of his management responsibilities include hiring, scheduling, inventory control and customer service.
He has looked to the Eagle Entrepreneurs Club for advice and guidance involving the café, stating “I’ve been using the club as a board of advisers to help me see an overall direction and help me lay out the foundation for the café, but also to write in things that ensure that it continues to prosper long after we leave.”
McHugh has high hopes and expectations for the COBE Café in the future, saying “This started as a learning experience. I want it to continue to be that. We are already partnering with the marketing club, hospitality students, and the training and development class that I am in. This café is a learning experience for me, but can also be a learning experience for the College of Business.”
Having the café is a great opportunity for classes to observe a business in the confines of the building where most business classes are taught. McHugh is hoping they take advantage of this opportunity.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###