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NC State Campus Enterprises Adds Senior Director

The division of Campus Enterprises at NC State announces the addition of Rich Steele as its senior director for auxiliary services. Steele joins NC State after an extended professional career at Georgia Tech, where he held progressively responsible administrative roles, most recently as senior director for auxiliary services.

In his new role, Steele joins a leadership team for the division that provides retail and hospitality services to the campus. His specific areas of oversight within Campus Enterprises includes NC State Stores, University Student Centers, golf course operations, financial services, and facility operations and planning.

“We’re especially pleased to have recruited someone of Rich’s expertise. His experience with a similar portfolio of auxiliary operations will enable him to quickly establish himself as part of our leadership team,” said Dr. Dan Adams, associate vice chancellor for Campus Enterprises. “Rich is not only well known for his administrative and strategic planning but also for his dedication to the student experience. He will be a great addition to helping us provide a comprehensive approach to campus services.

Steele has also been active in professional associations, holding a variety of leadership positions with the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) and the Association of College Unions International during his career. He has served as the NACAS South Region President in 2016-2017 and the NACAS 2012 Annual Conference Program Chair, and served two terms on the ACUI Board of Trustees, serving as president in 2008-2009. He has presented over 50 sessions/keynotes at national and regional conferences and institutes.

At Georgia Tech, Steele has received the 2015 SGA Dean James E. Dull Administrator of the Year Award, 2014 Student Alumni Association Outstanding Alumni Award, 2014 GT Student Ambassadors Outstanding Staff Award, Graduate Student Senate Outstanding Administrator Award in 2011, the ACUI Region 6 Bill Rion Outstanding Staff Award, and the Inaugural ACUI Region 6 “Richard Steele, Jr. Distinguished Service Award”. He has also served as a trustee on the Georgia Tech Alumni Association Board. Upon leaving Georgia Tech, Steele has been honored with the establishment of the “Rich Steele Campus Service Award” to recognize Georgia Tech staff members or business partners who demonstrate a commitment to creating a positive experience for Georgia Tech students.

Steele earned a degree in Chemical Engineering at Georgia Tech and has earned the Certified Auxiliary Services Professional (CASP) advanced certification. He started his new position July 1, 2017. He and his wife Patti are native Atlantans and have three children, Sam, Katie and Emily.


Rave! Events Recognized by Outstanding Online Catering Menu

RALEIGH, NC – NC State University was announced as a silver recipient for the 2017 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards, given by The National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS). Named for a NACUFS founder, past president and highly regarded innovator, the awards celebrate exemplary menus, presentations, special event planning, and new dining concepts. They also provide an avenue for sharing ideas and creative presentations in campus dining services.

NC State Dining received a silver, second place award in the Large School division for a submission in the Catering – Online Menu category. Following a name change from University Catering to Rave! Events and a transition into operating in the newly renovated Talley Student Union, Rave! Events supports everything from student organization and departmental functions to high-profile receptions and galas. These online catering menus were designed to accommodate the clientele mix at each venue with sustainability, nutrition and affordability in mind.

More than 75 colleges and universities across North America submitted entries in six categories, including Residential Dining Concepts, Residential Dining—Special Event, Retail Sales—Single Concept, Retail Sales—Multiple Concepts/Marketplace, Catering—Special Event, and Catering—Online Menu. A team of six judges examined each entry carefully and selected top candidates in each category.

“The entries submitted by the various NACUFS institutions showcase some of the best trends and ideas in college and university dining service programs across the country,” said Dawn Hearne, Hendrix College, Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards chair.

Each year’s winning contest entries are displayed at the NACUFS national conference and award winners are publically recognized at a luncheon culminating with the announcement of the Grand Prize winners. Grand Prize winners also receive recognition with a feature article in NACUFS’ magazine, Campus Dining Today.

Competing for one of these prestigious awards not only helps market the dining program as an award-winning program, it builds a sense of pride and team spirit within a dining staff. Sharing creativity and knowledge with other foodservice professionals is a key component to NACUFS membership.

For a closer look at NC State Dining’s award-winning catering menus, visit

NC State 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 Restaurants Participate in Triangle Restaurant Week

NC State’s Terrace Dining Room and State Club Restaurant will be participating in Triangle Restaurant Week June 5 -9, 2017. This week-long event is a celebration of culinary excellence designed to incorporate premier Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding area restaurants.

The Terrace Dining Room and State Club Restaurants will both feature $15 three-course weekday lunch menus for the event, not including tax and gratuity. NC State University Faculty and Staff enrolled in the IncrEDIBLE Savings Club program can use payroll deduction to receive an extra 10 percent off their meal.

Menu offerings include:


Lonnie Poole Golf Course

First Course | Choice of House Salad, Steamed Dumplings or Soup of the Day

Second Course | Choice of Avocado Corn Smoked Chicken Salad, Centennial Grilled Chicken Sandwich or BBQ Pork Sandwich

Third Course | NC State Wolf Tracks Ice Cream

State Club Restaurant

First Course | Choice of House Salad or Soup of the Day

Second Course | Choice of Citrus Cod Salad or Asian Steak Stir Fry

Third Course | NC State Wolf Tracks Ice Cream or Dessert du Jour


Reservations for 8 or more are encouraged:

Terrace Dining Room: 919.515.4343

State Club Restaurant: 919.515.0500


For more information about Triangle Restaurant Week, visit

NC State Dining is a service of Campus Enterprises, the lead division for retail and hospitality on the NC State campus. For more information, contact Taylor Wood at 919.515.3889 or via email at

Campus Enterprises Employees Awarded for Excellence in NC State Finance and Administration

On April 26, 2017, the Office of Finance and Administration recognized 25 employees for their meritorious accomplishments and contributions to the NC State community. These accomplishments include any notable contributions that are above and beyond an employee’s normal job description that showed demonstrated excellence in their departments or divisions, the NC State campus community, the State of North Carolina, or the lives of others.

Nominees from Campus Enterprises include Kenneth Dowdy, Brian Green, Lindsay Hester, Erica Sauls, Sara Smith and Alfreda Williams. Nominees Brian Green and Lindsay Hester were two of five Finance and Administration employees selected to represent the division at the university level.

Brian Green was recognized in the Efficiency and Innovation category for his efforts as the director of golf maintenance at Lonnie Poole Golf Course. Due to Green’s contributions, Lonnie Poole Golf Course was able to avoid catastrophic turf loss throughout extreme weather in the summer of 2016, saving thousands in repairs. Additionally, his efforts in sustainability have resulted in savings of over 3 million gallons of water annually as well as recognition by Audubon International as a Signature Golf Sanctuary. Lonnie Poole Golf Course is only the second university course in the world to receive this prestigious designation.

Lindsay Hester was recognized in the Spirit of North Carolina category for her tireless dedication to her operations and initiatives as NC State Dining’s marketing manager throughout her maternity leave and additionally her husband’s cancer diagnosis and treatment. Responsible for the marketing of over 35 dining locations on campus as well as nutrition and sustainability programs, Hester’s organization, advanced planning and efficient use of resources allowed her to maintain smooth execution of each program throughout her leave.

Green and Hester will represent the Finance and Administration Division at the NC State Awards for Excellence Ceremony on June 7.

NC State Dining is a service of Campus Enterprises, the lead division for retail and hospitality on the NC State campus. For more information, contact Jennifer Gilmore at 919.513.3017 or via email at


Legends of NC State Golf Tournament Scheduled for September 30

September 22, 2016 (Raleigh, N.C.) — The Lonnie Poole Golf Course will host the Annual Legends of NC State Golf Tournament Friday, Sept. 30, to celebrate members of the Wolfpack community who have made significant contributions to NC State athletics. Revenues from the tournament are used for continuous improvement projects at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course. Previous tournaments have helped fund new practice tees, bunker renovatoins, on-course restrooms and additional parking.

This is the fifth year the Legends Tournament has taken place. Platinum-level sponsors for the tournament include Bojangles/Tri-Arc Foods, Leerfield Sports Properties and Revels Turf & Tractor.

Fifteen Legends will participate, including Eddie Biedenbach, Charlie Bryant, Jesse Campbell, Greg Fishel, Terry Harvey, Matt Hill, Terrence Holt, Bob Hounsell, MIke Lombardo, Kelly Mitchum, Joe Ovies, Lou Pucillo, Koren Robinson, Mark Thomas and Dereck Whittenburg.

The Lonnie Poole Golf Course is a championship 18-hole public course and a functioning laboratory for research and teaching. Turfgrass Management, Professional Golf Management, Crop Science, Horticulture, Entomology and Plant Pathology programs as well as College of Agriculture and Life Sciences sustainability students all use the golf course in their studies and research. It is also home to NC State’s golf teams. The 22,000-square-foot, two-story clubhouse has a full-service restaurant, bar and catering, golf shop, in-door training facilities, club repair, locker and meeting rooms, golf cart storage, and many other amenities.

Gold sponsor is Coca Cola. Silver sponsors include ColorID, StateView Hotel, Shelco, Inc., EZ-Go Cards, NC State Campus Enterprises, Chick-fil-A, US Foods, Rodgers Builders, and NC State Dining. Bronze sponsors include NC State Bookstores (Wolfpack Outfitters), W.M. Jordan Company, Carolinas Golf Group, Summit Hospitality, and Gotcha Carts.

To learn more about the tournament, visit

NC State Golf Course Clubhouse Earns LEED Silver for Sustainability

NC State’s Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse, located at the university’s Lonnie Poole Golf Course, has received national certification for sustainability.

The building, which opened in February 2014, achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) at the silver level.

The nearly 30,000-square-foot clubhouse includes a golf shop, indoor player development and instructional space, the Terrace restaurant, men’s and women’s golf team facilities, and teaching areas for NC State’s PGA Golf Management and Turf Management programs. The clubhouse anchors the 200-acre, 18-hole championship golf course, which has earned Audubon International Certification for natural habitat preservation and ranks among the top 25 collegiate golf courses in the country.

“A LEED Silver certified clubhouse is the perfect complement to an Audubon International certified golf course,” said Liz Bowen, a University Sustainability Office program coordinator specializing in the university’s built environment.

The clubhouse features sustainable building materials, low-flow plumbing fixtures, bike racks,  indoor storage and charging stations for approximately 80 electric golf carts, and dedicated parking signage that encourages sustainable travel. Like the golf course, the clubhouse uses native vegetation and landscaping that require less water and no permanent irrigation system.

“The golf course and clubhouse reflect NC State’s core sustainability values,” said Dan Adams, associate vice chancellor for NC State Campus Enterprises, which oversees the management of the facilities. “We are on the forefront of a national trend toward creating recreational spaces that not only minimize the impact to the environment but actually enhance and support the wildlife and ecosystems.”

During construction of the clubhouse, robust recycling efforts minimized waste sent to local landfills and low-VOC paints and sealants were utilized, contributing to improved indoor air quality. Designated recycling storage areas within the building allow convenient access to campus recycling initiatives and shingles with high solar reflective properties contribute to lower heat island effect.
The clubhouse is the tenth university building to achieve LEED certification.

Lonnie Poole Restaurant to Participate in Triangle Restaurant Week January 25-31

The Terrace Dining Room at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course will participate for the first time in Triangle Restaurant Week, a week-long event that features culinary excellence in the Triangle area. From January 25-31, the Terrace will offer a three-course lunch menu that showcases some of our favorites for $15 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Terrace Dining Room features upscale, casual dining with sweeping views of the Raleigh downtown skyline. It is a part of the Lonnie Poole Golf Course, an 18-hole public golf course located on NC State’s Centennial Campus. The restaurant week menu includes: Choice of soup of the day or garden salad, choice of wild mushroom ravioli, braised beef brisket or seared salmon and cheesecake beignets or Howling Cow ice cream for dessert.

Reservations are not required, but to accommodate parties of 10 or more in a timely manner, call ahead to 919-515-4343.

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, NC State Dining, University Recreation and University Transportation have partnered to promote various events throughout the year, culminating in the sponsored events during Healthy Campus Week.


NC State 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.”  


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

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>>