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Healthy Campus Week at NC State

Healthy Campus Week (Sept 21-25) was a big success for students, faculty and staff here at NC State. As one of the leaders in healthy campus initiatives, NC State hosted events throughout the week.   


The events included various social media sweepstakes that encourage students, faculty and staff to post to social media about their healthy choices. Information was also given to students at various dining locations to promote the Wolf Approved healthy eating program here at NC State.


We are also proud to announce that our very own Mr. Wuf was chosen as the 2015 winner for Healthy Mascot of the Year for his video promoting healthy activities. That video, part of the Healthy Mascot Challenge for Healthy Campus Week, can be seen here.


The Healthier Campus Initiative started in 2014 as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Partnership for a Healthier America. In a joint endeavor, University Dining, University Recreation and University Transportation have partnered to promote various events throughout the year, culminating in the sponsored events during Healthy Campus Week.


University Dining’s Director of Nutrition and Wellness and Registered Dietitian, Lisa Eberhart, emphasizes that these events are focused on raising awareness that can continue throughout the year. “We want Healthy Campus Week to become Healthy Campus ‘Year’ for our students, faculty and staff. This week is about promoting healthy habits that will hopefully carry on long term. This initiative is a great starting point.”  


University Dining is a service of Campus Enterprises, the lead division for retail and hospitality on the NC State campus. For more information on University Dining’s Health and Wellness program visit or contact Lisa Eberhart at 919.513.5310 or

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1887 Bistro Opens in Talley Student Union: New fine dining restaurant opens for lunch and late-night fare

The latest restaurant to join the Talley lineup of dining options — 1887 Bistro — will open in Talley Student Union on Monday, September 21, 2015.

11887_salad887 Bistro will help meet two remaining needs in the Union: a fine-dining option for weekday lunch and a late-evening gathering spot to commune over shareable appetizers, flatbreads and desserts.

Serving lunch weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1887 Bistro will feature a menu that combines refined taste with Southern tradition. Lunch guests will have their choice of fresh salads layered in mason jars, smoked beef brisket sandwiches, pork belly BLT, flatbreads, coffee-rubbed beef medallions, and many more items to please the palette.

1887 Bistro will re-open from 9 p.m. to midnight Sunday – Thursday with a menu of appetizers and desserts that are easily shareable, yet tempting to keep all to yourself. Options include buffalo chicken dip, pork belly sliders, firecracker shrimp, chimichurri steak skewers, Southwest eggrolls and more.

Not to be outdone, University Dining’s award-winning bakery has taken the lead on creating special desserts as well. House-made crostada (served piping hot) and a flight of lemon mousse, Grand Marnier creme brulee and hazelnut pot de creme offer delectable options for guests with a sweet tooth.

The restaurant accepts Dining Dollars and AllCampus funds. Cash, credit and debit are also accepted. Students with meal plans will receive an $8.50 Meal Credit at the late-night meal period.

1887 will also be a prime destination for special events in Talley Student Union. This dynamic space is a perfect spot for anythin1887_GrilledChickg from culinary demonstrations, food lectures or receptions, and can be reserved for afternoon and early evening events. Rave! Event Services provides customized menus for any event from our award-winning NC State University Dining team.

Whether you are meeting for lunch, looking for a place for your next event, or stopping by to finish your day with some delicious food, 1887 Bistro will be a perfect complement to Talley Student Union and University Dining. We will see you on September 21st!

More pictures of 1887>>

University Dining is a service of Campus Enterprises, the lead division for retail and hospitality on the NC State campus. To book your next social or special event at 1887 Bistro, contact RAVE! Event Services at 919-51-EVENT (919-513-8368) or visit




After much anticipation, Talley officially opens

September 10, 2015  |  Emma Lampe, Technician Correspondent

The long-awaited Talley Student Union celebrated its grand opening Wednesday with a luncheon, public ceremony and open house.

A single trumpet got the attention of the crowd as Chancellor Randy Woodson spoke about Talley Student Union and its namesake, Banks C. Talley, Jr.

Following Woodson, student leaders introduced and publicly welcomed and thanked the namesakes of spaces in and near Talley Student Union, like Thomas H. Stafford.

Aerial dancers performed over the side of the balconies, representing the versatility of the open space above the lobby. Following the performance, members of the NC State marching band came and played the fight song. The band then closed the ceremony with the alma mater, uniting students, alumni, faculty and staff.


A New Campus Hub: Talley Student Union

At NC State, education begins in class, but it doesn’t end there.

Our students learn by doing, and the new Talley Student Union is the hub where students experience collaboration, community-building, and personal and professional development.

The Sept. 9 dedication of Talley Student Union completes a years-long renovation and rebuilding effort. That project unites many student organizations in a beautiful space that encourages the people inside to exchange ideas and create a unique campus culture. More>>


Talley Dedication Set for Wednesday

You’ve probably already gotten a new T-shirt and other NC State-branded gear from Wolfpack Outfitters.

You’ve probably already taken a selfie in front of the three-story wolf wall on your way to buy some Howling Cow ice cream.

And surely you’ve waited in line for a coffee treat from Starbucks.

After more than six years of renovation and construction, everyone has been eager to get an early look at the new Talley Student Union, which has been mostly open to students, faculty, staff and visitors since the end of spring exams. More >>

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Recent updates have been made to the Vet School Cafe and its doors are scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, August 11 at 10:30 a.m. Located on the lower level of the Small Animal Hospital at the College of Veterinary Medicine, the cafe will offer scratch-made lunch options including salads, wraps, paninis and a rotating chef’s special. Along with the new made-to-order options, additional vegan and vegetarian selections have been added to the menu.

The chef’s special will rotate weekly, with a made-to-order pasta station starting on Tuesday, August 11. Additional chef’s specials will include:

  • Custom burritos, quesadillas and bowls.
  • Made-to-order Mongolian bar with your choice of vegetables, sauce and protein/tofu.
  • Signature beef/veggie burgers, grilled chicken, chicken tenders and house-made chips.
  • Mediterranean specials featuring gyros, chicken shawarma, veggie pita, and hummus.

The Vet School Cafe is scheduled to serve lunch Monday – Friday from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. At this time breakfast will not be offered. Customers are encouraged to visit Port City Java located in the Terry Center for breakfast and coffee menu items.

Acceptable forms of payment include Meal Credits, Dining Dollars, AllCampus, cash, debit or credit.

University Dining is a service of Campus Enterprises, the lead division for retail and hospitality on the NC State University campus. For more information, contact Lindsay Hester at 919.513.0543 or via email at


NC State University Named to the Top Ten Gluten-Free Accommodating Colleges

University Dining at NC State University has been recognized by Udi’s Gluten Free as fourth in the nation on their annual list of “Top 10 Gluten-Free Accommodating Colleges.”

Udi’s Gluten Free is one of the world’s foremost innovators in gluten-free food and visits campuses around the country each year to determine which schools “innovated and breathed new life into gluten-free food choices.”

In particular, NC State Dining was chosen for several of its technological accessibility options. By offering iPads in each dining facility, as well as optional email reminders and blog posts, students are able to quickly search included ingredients in all university foods. This transparency also carries into the training of NC State Dining staff by AllerTrain (a leader in allergy training and education) as well as clear labeling for all ingredients throughout the university.

With NC State Dining’s tradition of student inclusion, the student “Allergy Ambassadors” were also noted as a highlight of the gluten and allergy free education provided at NC State. This program, and many of the other innovations in NC State’s allergy awareness initiatives, are under the direction of Lisa Eberhart, director of wellness and nutrition. Lisa considers this achievement as inspiration to continue to make NC State Dining a friendly place for all student needs. “It is nice to be recognized, but we want to continue to grow in our efforts to accommodate students with allergies and intolerances. My hope is that every member of the Wolfpack can be confident that NC State Dining offers an allergy free and healthy experience, anywhere on campus.”

University Dining is a department of Campus Enterprises, the lead division for retail and hospitality on the NC State campus.






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NC State Expands Licensed Apparel and Merchandise to Carhartt, Cracker Barrel and Justice

Ventures open avenues to new customers, merging niche markets with fan affinity

North Carolinians are passionate about their college affiliations. Through leveraging that passion and recognizing fans have other interests, NC State has expanded its licensed merchandise efforts to travel, teen fashion and outdoor life. To that end, NC State is strengthening its relationship with Cracker Barrel® and working with Carhartt® and Justice® to blend its popular trademarks with clothing and other merchandise designed for the retailers’ target markets.

“NC State fans come in all types,” said Gregg Zarnstorff, “Children, seniors, and everyone in between like to show support for their favorite school and teams through their clothing and décor, and not just on game day.”

For Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, 2015 marks a year of tremendous growth for its partnership with NC State.

“We will be expanding NC State University products from 14 to 27 stores throughout North Carolina,” said John Jankowich, buyer with Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. “Our assortment mix is designed and selected to be unique, interesting, campus focused and compelling for our guests. By expanding our support for North Carolina State University, we will be keeping this promise to our guests throughout the state.”

The expansion signals a strong demand for NC State branded clothing and gifts across the state. “Cracker Barrel is typically located on busy exits on the Interstates and main roads, reaching travelers and vacationers coming to and through North Carolina,” added Zarnstorff, “This will greatly impact our ability to reach our current fans with merchandise and to build on our brand awareness, too.”

New fall merchandise is expected to reach Cracker Barrel stores in early July.

Justice began carrying NC State apparel and merchandise last year and will be expanding their assortment in key locations. Designed for tweens between 8 and 13 years old, NC State-branded Justice clothing will enable girls to show their loyalty to the Wolfpack without sacrificing fashion.

“Many Justice items feature glitter embellishments, piping, and sleeve/neckline cuts that girls like,” said Zarnstorff.

Similarly, Carhartt is giving their customers more bang for their buck with NC State branded apparel that also meets the unique needs of outdoor enthusiasts. While Carhartt started carrying collegiate branded apparel just three years ago, NC State joined the line in fall of 2014.

“Despite the late start in the market, NC State is already ranked #3 in Carhartt’s collegiate sales. This merchandise is showing up in small town hardware stores, agriculture stores and even tack shops; places we’ve never been before,” Zarnstorff explained.

With partners like Cracker Barrel, Justice and Carhartt, Zarnstorff sees great opportunity to solidify NC State’s current fan base and reach new fans and potential students. “It not only allows us to generate more trademark revenue to support student scholarships, but also grow awareness and visibility so we can draw the top students to our university. We look forward to working with these companies to continue to push our products into new and unexpected, but successful venues.”


Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Locations Carrying NC State Merchandise
* Started Carrying NC State Product in 2015

Arden Lumberton *
Asheville * Mebane
Burlington Mooresville *
Concord * Morrisville
Dunn Roanoke Rapids*
Fayetteville (2) Rocky Mount
Garner Salisbury *
Greensboro Sanford
Henderson Smithfield
Hickory * Southern Pines
Jonesville * Statesville *
Lexington * Wilmington *

Justice Store Locations Carrying NC State Apparel

Carolina Premium Outlets, Smithfield
Crabtree Valley Mall, Raleigh
Crossroads Plaza, Cary
Cary Towne Center, Cary
Streets at Southpoint, Durham
Alamance Crossing, Burlington
Jefferson Village, Greensboro
Cross Creek, Fayetteville
Poyner Place, Raleigh
Beaver Creek, Apex
Four Seasons, Greensboro
Triangle Town Center, Raleigh
Tanger Outlet Center, Charlotte

North Carolina Stores Carrying NC State Carhartt Apparel

Carolina Apparel, Selma
Alumni Hall, Raleigh
Red and White Shop, Raleigh
Red and White Shop – Country Connection, Cary and Garner
Bell’s Quality Clothing & Footwear, Burlington
American Shoe Shop, Roanoke Rapids
Cross Creek Outdoor Supply, Henderson
Fort Dobbs Hardware, Statesville
Nance Stores Company Inc., Lexington
Tomlinson’s, Lumberton & Wilmington
Tractor Supply Company, Knightdale & Fuquay-Varina
W. Earl Nixon Welding & Hardware, Edenton

NC State University Dining named College Innovator of the Year

Raleigh, N.C. (June 29, 2015) – University Dining at NC State University has been chosen as Food Management magazine’s 2015 College Innovator of the Year in their June 2015 issue.

This award recognizes the nation’s most forward-thinking college dining service each year and is the latest accolade for NC State’s award-winning, self-operated dining services. In 2013 NC State Dining received the Grand Goldie for Best Sustainable Practices and in 2014 also received awards Top College & University Foodservice Innovators, Top 15 Healthiest Non-Commercial FoodService and Food Service Director of the Month (for Senior Director of Hospitality Services, Randy Lait) all from FoodService Magazine.

NC State University Dining has been particularly busy over the past four years, developing five new concepts and adding three commercial brands in the new Talley Student Union, developing the multi-concept On the Oval on Centennial Campus, renovating its Atrium Food Court and adding an ice cream and a smoothie shop.

Speaking on this success, Lait was quick to focus on the dynamic and committed team at University Dining.  “NC State is known nationally for innovation, and we are always working to ensure that our dining programs are on the forefront of that innovation. We want the Wolfpack community to know that we never stop exploring new ways to serve them.”

University Dining is a department of Campus Enterprises, the lead division for retail and hospitality on the NC State campus.

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Wolfpack Outfitters and Starbucks Open in Talley Student Union

Raleigh, N.C. (June 22, 2015) – The NC State Bookstore’s new flagship location — Wolfpack Outfitters — opened Monday, June 22 on the south side of the new Talley Student Union.

Wolfpack Outfitters occupies two floors and will features textbooks, casual reading material, computers and peripherals, clothing, gifts and novelties. An expanded apparel line will include Adidas, Ralph Lauren/Polo, Peter Millar and Southern Tide.

While the staff is ready to open its new location, the space itself is not quite complete. Additional fixtures will be installed over the summer, including a Clinique counter and a four-foot tall replica of NC State’s class ring.

Starbucks  is located at the outside entrance to Wolfpack Outfitters, near the corner of Cates and Morrill. It features the popular chain’s hand-crafted beverages, freshly-brewed coffees, pastries and sandwiches. It is operated by University Dining.

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