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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.

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, Vineyard Vines 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.

For more information, visit bookstore.ncsu.edu.

U.S. Bank Video Teller Machine to move to Talley

Raleigh, N.C. (June 22, 2015) – As the NC State Bookstore moves to its flagship Wolfpack Outfitters location in Talley Student Union, all access to the U.S. Bank VTM in Harrelson Hall will be offline until it is installed at the new Wolfpack One Card Office.  The U.S. Bank ATM in Fountain Dining Hall is still available for balance inquiries and cash withdrawals.

The Wolfpack One Card Office will be operating out of the West Dunn building until it moves to Talley Student Union in August 2015.

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Starbucks Coming to Talley Student Union

Raleigh, N.C. (June 9, 2015) – NC State will proudly welcome a new Starbucks location to Talley Student Union. The full-service Starbucks is expected to open its doors at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 22, 2015. Accessible via Talley’s new Cates Avenue entrance, the café will also serve as an access point to the University Bookstore upon its relocation to Talley from Harrelson Hall.

Grand opening activities on opening day will include a reusable grande mug given to the first 100 customers, along with a Starbucks gift card scavenger hunt. Visit facebook.com/ncsudining or @ncstatedining on Twitter for more grand opening details.

Menu options will include Starbucks’ signature beverages, pastries, sandwiches and paninis.

Patrons may use various payment options for Starbucks purchases including Meal Credits, Dining Dollars, AllCampus, credit, debit and cash. The Meal Credit rates are $6.00 for breakfast and $7.50 for lunch, dinner and late-night.

Summer 2015 hours of operation will be:

Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

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Talley Turns Heads

If the commencement weekend traffic was any indication, the rebuilt Talley Student Union will become the hoped-for heart and soul of NC State’s campus for students, staff, faculty and visitors.

After more than two years of renovation, the second phase of construction is finished and the union is open for all to see. That doesn’t, of course, mean the $120 million project is complete, says Tim Hogan, director of NC State student centers.

The building won’t likely be fully functional until students return in August, but the doors are open, the chancellor’s seal is in place at the Cates Street entrance and the three-story tall wolf trellis is ready for photographers.

The union opened on Friday, in time for a chancellor’s reception as part of commencement weekend.  [read full article]

May 14, 2015 – Tim Peeler, NC State News Services

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University Dining Chefs Win Gold at Annual Pastry Competition

Raleigh, N.C. (May 1, 2015) – Executive Pastry Chef Kelly Bellmore received ‘Best in Show’ and a gold medal at Wake Tech’s Annual Pastry Show and Competition, an American Culinary Federation event. The competition was held April 27 at the Raleigh Convention Center with a total of 66 entries from both professionals and students. Cakes were judged based on presentation, evenness of icing, variety of techniques used and knowledge of skills displayed.

Bellmore, received ‘Best in Show’ for her entry, along with a gold medal for the Celebration Cake category. The ‘Run for the Roses’ cake featured a layer of handmade red roses, along with intricate lace embellishments and hand-drawn floral accents. Pastry Chefs Yolanda Santiago and Alexia Boynton also received gold medals for their Celebration Cake entries.

University Dining also had three culinary students to take home medals for their submissions. Allison Robbins won a bronze medal for her Chocolate Showpiece and Silver European Cake entry. Marilyn Pierce (Chocolate Showpiece) and Angelina Gutierrez (Wedding Cake) both received bronze medals for their respective entries.

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 lphester@ncsu.edu

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Campus Enterprises Recognized for Sustainability Efforts at Green Brick Awards

Members of the Campus Enterprises team claimed two of the four NC State Green Brick Awards at the ceremony April 17. The Green Brick Awards recognize those with outstanding achievements in environmental sustainability on campus and in the community.

The staff award was given to David Johnson, a University Dining Chef at On the Oval, received the award for the development and execution of Centennial Campus’ rooftop garden. Since its inception last summer, the rooftop garden has successfully and sustainably produced fruits, vegetables and herbs that have been served to the patrons of On the Oval.

The campus department award was given to University Student Centers for their efforts to augment sustainability efforts at the newly renovated Talley Student Union. Once the building is completed this summer, it is expected that Talley will earn LEED Silver Certification for leadership in energy and environmental design. In addition to this honor, Talley has successfully diverted 30 percent of its waste from landfills through vigorous recycling and composting program, and moves forward with efforts to actively diminish energy use.

The awards are given on behalf of the Office of Sustainability and sponsored by Coca-Cola.

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Campus Sustainability Efforts Rewarded

Raleigh, N.C. (April 23, 2015) – Springtime heralds the arrival of more than just blooming flowers and warmer temperatures. The season also brings Earth Day on April 22, as well as NC State’s Green Brick Awards, presented by the Campus Environmental Sustainability Team for outstanding contributions to campus sustainability.

Each year the campus community submits Green Brick Award nominations, and a selection committee chooses a student, a faculty member, a staff member and a campus department or student organization to receive the award. This year’s awards were presented on April 17.

The 2015 student winner is interdisciplinary studies major Hannah Frank, co-manager of the Campus Farmers Market and a core organizer for Fossil Free NCSU, the NC State chapter of a student-led campaign for climate neutrality and renewable energy in the UNC system.

The staff recipient, University Dining chef David Johnson, led the creation of a rooftop organic garden that grew produce served in the On the Oval restaurant on Centennial Campus.

Faculty winner Danesha Seth Carley, a crop scientist in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is coordinator of the college’s Office of Sustainability Programs. Among her many sustainability efforts, perhaps the most visible is the redesign and restoration of the No. 2 golf course at Pinehurst Resort, which was exposed to worldwide scrutiny when both the men’s and the women’s 2014 U.S. Open championships were held there on back-to-back weeks. The renovated course uses more native plants and requires much less water than a typical golf course.

University Student Centers won the campus organization award for its efforts to enhance sustainability during the ongoing renovation and expansion of Talley Student Union. Talley is expected to earn LEED Silver certification when the project is completed. Since the renovated building reopened to the public in 2013, 30 percent of Talley’s waste has been diverted from landfills through recycling and composting.   [read full story]

 |  Brent Winter, NC State University Communications

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StateView Hotel Breaks Ground

Calling it the next step in the Centennial Campus “neighborhood of hospitality,” NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson joined several private industry partners on Tuesday to break ground for the StateView Hotel, a 164-room Marriott Autograph Collection hotel and conference center.

Nestled next to the Park Alumni Center, across from the Lonnie Poole Golf Course and just down the road from The Point, the chancellor’s residence, the hotel is expected to be a welcome gathering place in that neighborhood when it opens its doors in the fall of 2016. The project is being co-developed by Noble Investment Group and Concord Eastridge Inc.

In addition to luxury rooms, the five-story hotel will have 9,000 square feet of meeting space, a full-service restaurant and bar, an outdoor pool, fitness center and other amenities that were all part of the original vision when Centennial Campus opened 30 years ago.  [read more]

 |  Tim Peeler, NC State News

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Smoothie U Opens at the Atrium Food Court

Raleigh, N.C. (April 23, 2015) – Smoothie U, a new campus smoothie shop is now open! It is located in the space formerly occupied by Wolf Xpress next to the Atrium Food Court.

“Smoothie U was developed especially for the NC State campus,” said Randy Lait, senior director for Hospitality Services. “We’ve created a combination of yogurt- and fruit-based smoothies to choose from.”

smoothie uThe menu also includes juices, parfaits and pastries. Customers will also be able to enhance their smoothie with the option to add protein powder or substitute almond milk for an additional charge.

Payment options include Meal Credits, Dining Dollars, AllCampus, credit, debit and cash. The Meal Credit rate is $6.00 for those paying with a meal plan.

Hours of operation:
Monday – Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

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 lphester@ncsu.edu.