Starbucks Takes Over USF

If you are a returning student to the University of Sioux Falls, the place where you get your morning cup of coffee or afternoon pick-me-up has changed its name. What was once known as Java City is now Cooper’s Café and they proudly serve Starbucks. 

While the idea to transition was kept as a secret to most students, there was one student who contributed to the face of the new coffee spot.

Kelsey Carlson, a junior Graphic Design major at USF, had the opportunity to design the menu boards while she was doing an internship with Aramark on the SDSU campus in Brookings, SD over the summer. 

“My boss started helping out with USF and our Aramark team. She got asked what logo are they interested in, what color scheme are they interested in, and so I got to help choose that since I’m a student here,” Carlson says.

In addition to helping with the design, she was also asked to design the new menu boards. 

Corey Ross, the Vice President of Student Development and Dean of Students, says the Student Senate met back in March to discuss ways to improve the 2017-2018 school year. It was during this time that they decided to transition from Java City to Cooper’s Café. 

“It was really important to us to get some student input, but we also kind of wanted it to be a surprise,” Ross says.  

As the Fall season is upon us, don’t forget to get your Pumpkin Spice Latte to start off your day. 


Story written by Marissa Lute | Video edited by  Jessica Perze and Shelby Kinney