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Irving M. Levine, E'57, Lenore Levine, and President Richard M. Freeland.

Popular Restaurant-Style Dining Area Renamed for Irving Levine

Northeastern's most popular dining area, Stetson East Marketplace, got a new name on May 24, 2001, when students and University officials gathered to dedicate it in honor of Irving M. Levine, E '57.

"Irv's generous contribution sets an outstanding example and plays an important role in the University's efforts to foster a richer on-campus life for our students."

The marketplace was renamed the Irving M. Levine Marketplace in recognition of Levine's $1.3 million gift to the leadership campaign. "Irv's generous contribution sets an outstanding example and plays an important role in the University's efforts to foster a richer on-campus life for our students," said President Richard M. Freeland.

"Everything that I have accomplished first began at Northeastern during the 1950s," said Levine, a native of Malden, Massachusetts. "I am honored to have this opportunity to give back and help support a dynamic campus environment that students will enjoy for years to come."

As a student at Northeastern, Levine was editor-in-chief of the Civil Engineering Society's official magazine, The Bulldozer. After graduation, he left for California with just $100 in his pocket and founded Multiquip, Inc., a Los Angeles-based manufacturer and distributor of construction equipment.

Levine, for whom the residence hall at 122 St. Stephens Street was also named in 1997, is a member of the Northeastern Corporation and the National Council. He has been a long-time supporter of Northeastern, but his contribution for Stetson East Marketplace is his largest ever made to the University.

The new restaurant-style dining hall — which was transformed from a typical dormitory cafeteria into a vibrant, contemporary eatery — has been a huge hit, attracting students from across campus. Its secret is an upscale atmosphere and the freedom to choose from eclectic food stations offering Chinese, Italian, rotisserie, and grill selections, plus a large salad bar.

Students aren't the only ones who appreciate the renovated marketplace. The National Association of College Auxiliary Services recognized its unique design with an Innovation Achievement Award.

The renovation refurbished the 4,000-square-foot hall and added an additional 3,200 square feet. It increased the seating capacity to 500 from 277, updated the lounge area and the entryway to the main building and dining area, and included an elevator for better access.

 

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  This article appeared in the Summer 2001 issue of Forefront.          

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