For more than a hundred years, the McKinley Presbyterian Student Foundation has supported Champaign-Urbana college students, faculty, and staff in cultivating a vital religious life. Though we are affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA), our campus ministry also respects the many spiritual traditions among those we serve. Many of our activities take place in the foundation building on the U of I campus.
Outreach to University of Illinois students and residents of our student dorm, Presby Hall, is led by Rev. Keith Harris, associate pastor and executive director of the McKinley Foundation.
Built in 2008, Presby Hall offers a modern and eco-friendly living environment in the heart of campus. Residents enjoy suite-style living with many amenities, including private balconies, in-suite washer and dryers, and free high-speed Internet and cable TV. Each fully furnished suite has a complete kitchen, with dishwasher, microwave, and full-size refrigerator.
With over 200 residents, Presby offers students many opportunities to make new friends or become involved in community service. Other features include an onsite fitness center and in-building parking.
Have a favorite meal? The Presby dining hall plans meals based on student requests. Residents can purchase a meal plan to enjoy all of their favorite foods.
The residence hall is professionally managed and staffed with an on-site resident director and six resident advisors. Presby is the first certified “green” residence option at the University of Illinois, built according to the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver standard.
Meals at McKinley
The dining hall on the second floor of the Foundation Building is open to the public for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Friday, with brunch available on Saturdays. Please join us for all-you-care-to eat meals. During dinner the Grill Station offers fresh Angus hamburgers or cheeseburgers, lightly marinated grilled chicken, grilled cheese, or a Morning star Farms veggie burger. The Pizza Station is available during lunch and dinner, with a selection of thick- and thin-crust pizzas. The Creation Station offers a custom-made entree selection every weekday lunch and dinner (except Friday at dinner). Several homestyle selections are available during meal times and hand-made soup is available daily.
The hours of service are:
- Hot breakfast 7:00–10:00 a.m.
- Continental breakfast 7:00–11:00 a.m.
- Hot lunch and Grill Station 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
- Sandwich, soup, salad, and deli bar 11:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
- Hot dinner 4:30–7:00 p.m.
- Grill Station 4:30–6:30 p.m.
- Sandwich, soup, salad, and deli bar 4:30–7:00 p.m.
Please note that the Foundation Building closes by 5:00 on weekdays and is not open most Saturdays. Please use the Presby Hall entrance if you would like to eat with us when the Foundation is closed.
Prices are $6.50 for breakfast, $8.50 for lunch, and $10.50 for dinner, and include your choice of beverages.
Giving to the Foundation
The McKinley Foundation is enabled to do its work through the financial support of all of its donors. We invite your partnership in offering vibrant campus ministry for students at the U of I and Parkland College. Your support means that more students will be reached, more scholarships offered, more alcohol-free programming made available, and better meeting space provided to student groups. Your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law and IRS regulations governing charitable contributions.
To make a gift to the McKinley Foundation online, click the “Donate” button, which will take you to Paypal. If you would like to make provision for the foundation in your will or support our projects on an ongoing basis, please contact executive director Rev. Keith Harris.
To all of our past and future donors: We thank you!