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Smoothie U to Open April 20, 2015 on NC State Campus

Smoothie U, a new campus smoothie shop, is scheduled to open Monday, April 20. 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 will be:
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

Fresh Organic Strawberry Smoothie

New Smoothie Shop Coming to NC State Campus

Raleigh, NC (December 3, 2014) – Campus Enterprises proudly announces the future opening of Smoothie U, a new campus smoothie shop. Smoothie U is expected to open its doors during the spring semester. It will be 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.”

Menu options will include:

  • Yogurt-Based Smoothies-
    Twisted Berry- raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries.
    PB&J- strawberries, bananas, peanut butter and honey.
    Mean Green- bananas, mangoes, pineapples and spinach.
  • Juice-Based Smoothies-
    Peach Sunset- peaches, strawberries and almonds.
    Berry Dream- raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries.
    Tropical Paradise- bananas, mangoes, pineapples and coconut.

Payment options include meal credits, Dining Dollars, AllCampus, credit cards and cash.

Hours of operation will be:

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

NC State Takes Part in National Initiative to Make Campus Healthier

November 16, 2014 (Raleigh, N.C.) — NC State University will join the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) in a commitment to improve campus health by formalizing guidelines around food, nutrition, physical activity and programming.

Through the PHA’s new Healthier Campus Initiative, NC State units agree to implement or strengthen 23 wellness-related guidelines over the next three years. They include:

  • Offering more fruits, vegetables and whole grains while reducing the amount of fried food offered in campus dining halls and eateries.
  • Continuing implementation of a bicycle and pedestrian accommodation policy, and/or participating in a national bicycle or pedestrian recognition program.
  • Providing all students 16-hour-per-day access to at least one fitness/recreation center during the academic year without an additional user fee beyond student fees.

“This is a great opportunity to improve the health and wellness of our campus community – which is, of course, very important,” said NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson. “This initiative provides healthier dining choices and more opportunities for physical activity to our students, faculty and staff, and is another great example of our think-and-do spirit.”The Healthier Campus Initiative was announced Sunday, Nov. 16 at the American Public Health Association’s 2014 Annual Meeting & Exposition in New Orleans.

NC State is one of the first 20 schools to sign on to the initiative, which has the potential to affect more than 500,000 students and 126,000 faculty and staff nationally, including the 34,000 students and more than 8,000 faculty and staff on NC State’s campus. The initiative is a partnership with the private sector; first lady Michelle Obama serves as honorary chair.“The Healthier Campus Initiative is an excellent opportunity for us to come together as a campus and take a more holistic approach to student well-being, specifically obesity,” said Dr. Mike Mullen, NC State’s vice chancellor and dean for academic and student affairs.
“It also solidifies our commitment to student health and wellness.”“Colleges and universities are in a unique position to help shape tomorrow’s leaders, whether they are teachers, coaches, policymakers, CEOs, moms or dads,” said PHA CEO Lawrence A. Soler. “We know that going to college is a time of change for many students ­– we also know that means it’s a time when new habits are formed. By creating healthier food and physical activity environments today, campuses and universities are encouraging healthier habits that will carry over into tomorrow.”For more information on PHA and its Healthier Campus Initiative, visit

NC State’s Yates Mill Bakery to Offer Online Ordering

YATES MILL BAKERYYates Mill Bakery, located within Talley Market in Talley Student Union, has been providing NC State with sweet treats since fall 2013. To sweeten the deal, the bakery now offers an online ordering portal to make it easier for parents and loved ones to surprise their students with cakes and cupcakes made just for them.

“NC State parents and loved ones have asked for a way to order cakes and treats for their student, be it for a birthday, holiday or to celebrate a special milestone or event,” said Randy Lait, senior director of hospitality services at NC State. “We are pleased to be able to provide this service and believe not only will parents love it, but also our faculty and staff who want to surprise family and friends for birthdays, weddings and retirement event.”

Orders can be placed at a minimum of three days in advance of the special occasion using a credit card. Yates Mill signature desserts range from red velvet cake to lemon raspberry cake and chocolate peanut butter cupcakes, but customizable cakes are also available. Any cake can be personalized for the occasion.

“We wanted to make this easy for parents,” Lait continued. “When they order the cake, they will enter their student’s name and email address, which will allow us to send a special note telling the student someone’s thinking of them and that a cake will be waiting at the bakery for pick up. All the student has to do is stop by at their convenience. The bakery is open from early morning to late into the evening daily.

“Faculty and staff can order online, too, and just stop by at their convenience, too. We hope to become the bakery of choice for birthdays, weddings and more. We even do special pies during the holidays and want expand the bakery program to carry even more options through our online ordering system.”

Departments wanting to order Yates Mill Bakery cakes should contact Rave! Event Services at 919.513.8368.

NC State’s Executive Pastry Chef, Kelly Bellmore, brings her award-winning talents to Yates Mill Bakery and is excited to share her creations with the Wolf Pack. For two consecutive years Bellmore has been awarded the gold medal and Best in Show from the American Culinary Federation Competition. With the help of her team, Bellmore’s delicious treats are sure to suit every Pack member’s taste buds._MH11546“We have worked hard to create a variety of options, including vegan and vegetarian, that our students will love,” said Bellmore. “We use only quality ingredients and take great pride in our creations.”

Yates Mill Bakery is open for business seven days a week until midnight or until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. To contact the bakery, call 919.513.2757 or visit More information on services and allergens can be found at


Yates Mill Bakery is a part of University Dining, a service of Campus Enterprises, the lead division for retail and hospitality at NC State University. Learn more at

Talley Student Union

Talley Student Union Implements Post-Consumer Composting

Students Eating at Talley Student UnionTalley Student Union will pilot two post-consumer composting stations this fall, making it the first building on the NC State campus to provide such a service.

Students, faculty and staff dining in Talley will now have the option to place their leftovers and compostable items into a compost bin rather than a landfill bin. The post-consumer compost bins will be located next to the current waste station outside of One Earth and directly across from Port City Java. Additionally, Rave! Event Services will incorporate composting into their operations at Talley Student Union.

Many of the restaurants at Talley, which are all operated by University Dining, use compostable products such as plates, clamshells, and napkins. “Composting at Talley has always been part of the plan as we seek LEED certification of the new Talley Student Union, in addition to our ongoing commitment to divert waste from the landfill,” explained Dr. TJ Willis, associate director of University Student Centers.

Up to 31 percent of the U.S. Food Supply is wasted every year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. That means 133 billion pounds of uneaten food typically ends up in landfills where it rots and produces methane, a harmful greenhouse gas. Rather than ending up in the landfill, compost collected from Talley will be transported to Brooks Contractor Composting Facility with other food waste and compostables collected on campus, including pre-consumer dining hall waste, zero waste special events and University Housing’s pizza box composting project.

Since 2010, NC State’s three dining halls have diverted more than 1,348 tons from the landfill through composting as well by adding an anaerobic digester (which liquefies food waste) to its largest dining hall during a dishwashing room renovation in 2013.

Talley Student Union Composting: Add One

“Education will be a key component to the success of this pilot,” explained Analis Fulghum program manager for Waste Reduction and Recycling. “We plan to work with the campus community to raise awareness of how to compost effectively and determine if it’s feasible to expand post-consumer collection into other buildings on campus.”

The Waste Reduction and Recycling Office credits Campus Enterprises–which comprises University Dining, University Student Centers and Rave! Event Services as well as the other retail and hospitality services on campus–in helping to further composting efforts for campus and leading the way for post-consumer collection in other parts of campus.

“We are excited to work with our campus partners to implement this program, and look forward to the campus community joining this partnership to make the post-consumer composting a success,” Dr. Willis added.

Composting at Talley is a collaborative effort between NC State’s Campus Enterprises and Waste Reduction and Recycling departments.

For more information about Waste Reduction and Recycling efforts at NC State, visit  For more information about Talley Student Union, visit For more information about Campus Enterprises, visit

Executive catering chef for Rave! Catering receives University Award for Excellence

Mark TurnerAs the lead chef for the Rave Catering production team, Turner frequently works long hours and is accustomed to extinguishing the occasional fire. Last spring, still tired from working 19 hours the previous day, Turner arrived home and witnessed 20-foot high flames coming from a neighbor’s chimney. Turner quickly went to the house and alerted the neighbor. Before fire trucks arrived Turner and another neighbor climbed up and down a ladder with buckets of water to douse the flames that had spread to the roof and gutters. [read more]

Mark Turner
Office of Finance and Business
Executive catering chef for Rave! Catering

AllCampus System Update Scheduled: March 11-12

RALEIGH, NC (March 7, 2014) –  The AllCampus system at NC State University will undergo an update beginning Tuesday, March 11.  Those who utilize AllCampus should be aware of the following:

-Meal Plans, Dining Dollars and AllCampus funds will be unavailable throughout the update, campus-wide.

-Only cash and credit card transactions are accepted at ALL locations that typically accept AllCampus as a form of payment. EX: Dining, Bookstores, WolfPrint and vending.

-No ID cards will be produced by the Wolfpack One Card Office during this time.

-Door access will not be affected by this outage

-The system upgrade is expected to take 48 hours or less

Patrons will be notified via social media when the update is complete. Visit or follow the Wolfpack One Card office on Facebook (WolfpackOneCard). The notification will also be posted via University Dining and NC State Bookstore social media outlets.



University Dining updates on Facebook (/NC State University Dining), Twitter (@ncstatedining) and Instagram (@ncstatedining).


Wolfpack Fans Ready for `Red Fridays’ Through May

red fridaysRALEIGH, NC (Jan. 15, 2014) – NC State Athletics,  Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated and Campus Enterprises’ Trademark licensing announced today the launch of “Red Fridays” – a brand-new program for Wolfpack fans providing an unprecedented way to earn 10 percent off their food order at more than 20 area participating restaurants.

“Red Fridays” officially kicks off this Friday, Jan. 17 at a total of 36 restaurant locations in the greater Triangle area, including Raleigh, Cary, Garner, Morrisville, Wake Forest and Clayton.  The “Red Fridays” exclusive offer extends through May 30, and awards any Wolfpack fan wearing branded apparel the 10 percent discount each and every Friday over the next several months.

The “Red Fridays” initiative will be jointly managed by the NC State Trademark Licensing Office and Wolfpack Sports Properties, the Raleigh-based joint venture of Learfield Sports and Capitol Broadcasting Company that develops corporate partnerships and manages the operations of NC State’s comprehensive rights program including signage, event marketing, radio play-by-play and coaches’ shows, television coaches’ shows and official athletic web site sponsorships.

The following is a list of participating restaurants:



Name Address City
Aversboro Restaurant 1411 Aversboro Road Garner
Brickhouse Tavern 3801 Hillborough Street Raleigh
Characters Qtrs 1506 Hwy 70 Garner
Charlies Bbq 8948 Cleveland Road Garner
Cueva de Lobos 3227 Avent Ferry Road Raleigh
El Cerro Mexican Bar and Grill 2217 Avent Ferry Road Raleigh
El Dorado 1321 5th Ave Garner
Festejos 905 E Main Street Clayton
Fiesta Mexicana 957 Town Center Dr Clayton
Fiesta Mexicana 5121 NC Hwy 42 Garner
Fiesta Mexicana 2839 Jones Franklin Rd Raleigh
Greek Fiesta 319 Crossroads Blvd Cary
Greek Fiesta 8315 Creedmoor Road Raleigh
Greek Fiesta 4325 Glenwood Avenue Raleigh
Greek Fiesta 9660 Falls of Neuse Road Raleigh
Greek Fiesta 1400 Boulderstone Way Raleigh
Greek Fiesta 3904 Western Blvd Raleigh
Jasmin Mediterranean 3801 Hillsborough Street Raleigh
Jasmin Mediterranean 2430 Hillsborough Street Raleigh
Jones Cafè 413 E Main Street Clayton
LaCocina 11617 US Hwy 70 Clayton
LaCocina 1221 Timber Drive Garner
Melvins 2512 Hillsborough Street Raleigh
Mitchikia 1571 Hwy 70 Garner
Overtime Sports Pub 1030 N Rogers Lane Raleigh
Pizza Pit 5335 Raynor Road Garner
Ruckus Pizza 8111 Tryon Woods Drive Cary
Ruckus Pizza 1101 Market Center Drive Morrisville
Ruckus Pizza 2233 Avent Ferry Road Raleigh
The Alley 2512 Hillsborough Street Raleigh
The Roast Grill 7 S. West Street Raleigh
Tookies Grill 1322 5th Avenue Garner
Village Deli 909 Aviation Parkway Morrisville
Village Deli 500 Daniels Street Raleigh
Village Deli 2500 Wycliff Road Raleigh
Village Deli 1849 S Main Street Wake Forest


iOS Gaming Competition

Are you a master of running through temples, crushing candy, and chopping fruit?

Then you better come out to the Bookstore next Tuesday through Thursday each day from 10am-2pm for the iPad Gaming Competition!

iOS Gaming Competition

Tuesday 11/19: Temple Run
Wednesday 11/20: Candy Crush
Thursday 11/21: Fruit Ninja

Play each day for the chance to win a $50 Apple gift card. Our three game day winners will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad mini!

NC State Bookstores is a service of Campus Enterprises, the lead division for retail and hospitality on the NC State University campus. The Bookstore is non-profit, returning funds to the university in the form of student financial aid and scholarships.

Exciting News and Updates!

It’s been quite some time since my last blog post, but you can blame Campus Enterprises for that. We have had so much going on in our offices lately that I’ve unfortunately had to stray from my blogging duties. Here’s a quick look at what we’ve been up to:

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[li]The Bookstore put on Tailgate Toss, a two-day cornhole competition that featured a grand prize of over $800-worth of tailgating merchandise[/li]

[li]The Bookstore is working on some great new contests and promotions for students to win even more prizes[/li]

[li]The Bookstore is getting close to launching a pretty awesome new program that you’re definitely going to be interested in, so stay tuned for announcements and updates on that[/li]

[li]Campus Enterprises started the Spirit Bands campaign to promote Red Fridays on campus by distributing free wristbands to students and faculty at different locations around campus (I think there still might be a few left, so go get yours if you haven’t already!)[/li][/ul]


And then there’s this little thing called the Talley renovation. Well, today we finally got the green light to go ahead and announce that the grand opening of the new Talley Student Union will be on Wednesday, October 23rd! It’s been so hectic here with everyone trying to get everything ready for the opening, and now it’s finally here!

As you probably know, Phase I of the New Talley was supposed to open earlier in the semester, but due to a few unforeseen drawbacks, this wasn’t possible. It was definitely a little bit stressful on this end, especially being sworn to secrecy every time a new tentative opening date was released… And with good reason, since every time we got a new date, it was canceled and pushed back again. But let me tell you, the wait was so worth it!

Another one of the interns and I got an exclusive tour of Talley last week and we got to see all of the amazing changes that have been made over the past two and a half years. Phase I of Talley includes a whole slew of new dining options, including Jason’s Deli, Los Lobos Mexican Grill, Red Sky Pizza, and Tuffy’s Diner. I tried the turkey wrap from Jason’s Deli and it was honestly one of the best wraps I’ve ever had (I wish I were exaggerating). We also took burrito bowls from Los Lobos and cannolis from Red Sky to-go! Believe a fellow member of the Pack when I say that the food at Talley is absolutely incredible. We’ve all been waiting for this for a long time, and trust me…it’s totally worth it!

Phase I also includes a ton of lounge space, both indoors and out, and now all of that red clay and dirt we’ve been staring at for the past two years is finally being replaced with beautiful green grass as the Stafford Commons. The other parts of Phase II will open in the spring, but I can’t wait for Phase II to be complete in early 2015. Why, you ask? Once it’s finished, the Talley Student Union will feature a 40,000 square-foot state-of-the-art NC State Bookstore! Would it be wrong of me to say that I’m most excited for there to be a Starbucks inside? It would be? Oops…

But in all seriousness, we’re doing everything we can to make sure that we’re providing the students, faculty, and other Wolfpack fans with the absolute best facilities that we possibly can. The Talley Student Union is going to be the place for students to get whatever it is they need, whether it’s a quick snack from the Talley Market, a burger from Tuffy’s Diner, textbooks, laptops, school supplies, and other Wolfpack gear from the new Bookstore, or just a nice spot to relax in between classes. The only downside to Talley that I can see is that I won’t be around to experience it for as long as I’d like to. Who knows, maybe I’ll end up an NC State grad student and still be able to get my Howling Cow fix from the Talley Market…

Well, that should do it for this post. Stay tuned for more updates on Talley, the Bookstore, and other exciting news from Campus Enterprises. I promise [to try] to not go another month until my next post.

Until next time… GO PACK!