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NC State Dining Kicks Off New Academic Year with Changes/Improvements

NC State Dining is gearing up for the 2017-2018 with improvements not only to meal plans but also to its operations.

Student Meal Plans: NC State Dining has new meal plans for the fall, which features access to the foods in the dining halls throughout the day without counting meals, adds more meal credits per week for use in retail dining locations, and creates two lunch opportunities each day for meal credit use.  Come into the dining halls for a meal or a snack as you like, and with the new guest meals you can bring a friend, too!

Dining Halls: Fountain Dining Hall received a makeover with new action stations and menu items and a new hot pizza program.  Look for paninis, bowl concepts, ethnic cuisines and more opportunities to customize. Plus, diners will experience more frequency of popular items, such as stirfrys, pizzas, burritos and pastas.

Fountain also has upgraded new tile floors and carpeting, and new dishes, too. All of the dining halls have received upgrades to the juice and water dispensers, plus new specialty coffee dispensers that make lattes, mochas and more and Caribou coffee. Diners will also see more change of pace and theme meals this year.  

Talley Student Union | One Earth: The staff has re-engineered the popular Asian station with a new large grill station for faster service and new express options. The Mediterranean station has been retooled to offer global bowls and wraps with a variety of grains, roasted vegetables and exotic condiments. The station will also have more vegan, vegetarian and healthy choices. A new salad bar with greens, vegetables, fruits, toppings, dressings, composed salads and protein options will be ready in September.

Talley Student Union | Pavilions: Red Sky Pizza is expanding its menu to include lasagna, cannelloni, toasted subs, spanakopita and vegan pizza. Los Lobos, Tuffy’s and Jason’s Deli will have monthly specials such as a sweet potato waffle with praline topping, Philly cheese steak, smothered burrito and grilled salmon salad, to name a few.

On The Oval: Newton’s Diner is getting a makeover and a new name: Gravity, to expand and improve the evening and weekend offerings on Centennial Campus. Grill classics will still be available but the focus will be on new, made-to-order entrees, global favorites, specialty sandwiches, fresh-made salads and Wolf Approved items. Gravity will feature more plant-forward menu options for the growing vegan/vegetarian population on Centennial Campus, too.

The Fahrenheit and Global stations will have a new four-week menu rotation featuring new sushi, Indian, and Thai choices, plus premium offerings such as salmon, barbeque ribs and flank steak. An expanded grab-and-go section will appeal to people who want to eat well on the go.

More on Gravity and changes at On the Oval >>

Atrium Food Court: Smoothie U amping up offerings by adding Sambazon Acai bowls and smoothies. We are also adding more clean label smoothie recipes and a gluten-free oatmeal. The Wolfpack To Go grab-and-go section will have more variety and healthy options, such as bundled snack packs, salad shakers, fruit, and gluten-free chips and cookies You will also find fresh-baked cookies at the register.

Catering for Student Groups: Rave! Events worked with student leaders to make adjustments to the student organization catering menu options and pricing. Students organizations can also receive 15 percent off options listed in the main catering guides designed for Talley, the Hunt Library, the Lonnie Poole Golf Course, the Park Alumni Center and the McKimmon Center

C-Stores: Meal credits are now accepted at the ice cream counter at Talley Market, allowing students to purchase Howling Cow Ice Cream and milkshakes using a meal credit.

Vending Machines: More healthy options in campus vending machines as well as the addition of NC State Dairy Pack Power at Carmichael Gym.

State Club Restaurant | Park Alumni Center: NC State Dining is in its second year operating this great lunch spot. The culinary team has added more healthy and 30-minute lunch options. Executive Chef Gerry Fong invites you to experience the finest cuisine on campus at the State Club restaurant.

Terrace Dining Room | Lonnie Poole Golf Course: Enjoy afternoon food and drink specials, plus a new seasonal menu introduced in early September. The restaurant added weekend brunch earlier this year. The three-course monthly dinners continue to be a popular event, with reservations and information found at go.ncsu.edu/dinnerattheterrace.

 

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.

 

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 jhgilmor@ncsu.edu.

 

Campus Enterprises to Host Student Hiring Fair

Campus Enterprises will be hosting a Hiring Event for student employment positions this Wednesday, April 5. Campus Enterprises employs more than 1200 NC State students, providing them with opportunities to learn valuable workplace skills, get connected to the campus community, and earn income to support their academic pursuits.  A job with Campus Enterprises is more than just a job; our student employment program is structured around defined learning objectives to ensure that students learn critical thinking skills, develop transferable skills, promote diversity, build awareness of campus resources and experience community.

Positions are now available in NC State Dining, Rave! Events, NC State Student Centers, and NC State Bookstores. Interested applicants can apply at go.ncsu.edu/ce-hiring, or attend the event on April 5 from 1:00 – 5:00 in Talley Student Union Room 3221.  Candidates who apply ahead can get priority for on-site interviews.

NC State Payroll Deduction Extended to Computer/Technology Purchases

Permanent NC State employees can now purchase computers, tablets and accessories through payroll deduction. This convenient and affordable option has been made possible through a partnership between the NC State Bookstores and Treasurer’s Office.

“We have been working very hard to bring this benefit to NC State employees,” said interim bookstore director Anthony Sanders, “This new payment option will make technology more affordable and attainable for our employees, plus it keeps purchases on campus, which benefits our students through scholarships and programming.”

Purchases are made through an initial down payment followed by six or twelve monthly interest-free payments made via payroll deduction. Only permanent, full-time NC State employees with at least twelve months of service are eligible. Purchases must consist of a computer, tablet, printer or major household appliance. A 10% non-refundable down payment must be made at the time of the purchase, and the minimum payroll deduction must exceed $300 and may not exceed $3,000.

The technology department at Wolfpack Outfitters carries Apple, Lenovo and Microsoft computers as those are the brands supported and serviced by the university.

To enroll in the program:

  • Ensure you have your Wolfpack One Faculty/Staff ID Card
  • Visit the Technology Department in Wolfpack Outfitters at Talley Student Union,  Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. and  4 p.m.

For more information, visit go.ncsu.edu/computer-payroll-deduction

 

NC State Bookstores is a service of Campus Enterprises, the lead division for retail and hospitality at NC State University. Learn more at campusenterprises.ncsu.edu.

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Talley Student Union Team Recognized for Outstanding Facility Design

NC State Student Centers, MHTN Architects, Duda | Paine Architects, and Cooper Carry, Inc.  have been honored by the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) with a 2016 Facility Design Award for the  renovation and expansion of Talley Student Union. The award was created to encourage and recognize excellence in the design of student-centered facilities that support campus community building and student success.

NC State Student Centers accepted the award along with the design team on Tuesday, March 22 at the ACUI National Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. ACUI is a nonprofit educational organization that brings together college union and student activities professionals from hundreds of schools in seven countries.

“We strive to create a clean, safe and welcoming environment for all campus community members,” said Tim Hogan, NC State Student Centers director. “Visitors and colleagues have come from around the globe to see our facility as they consider their own unions.  Receiving this award is an honor and stands as a model for blending community and academics.”

Talley Student Union is not only a place for programs and performances, but also serves an important role as a campus healing space as students have gathered for vigils honoring the lives of fellow Wolfpack members.

The design and operations team engaged a diverse array of stakeholders and partners, each adding their own invaluable input in the development of flexible and inclusive spaces. Students were consulted heavily and included in the design process to ensure that their needs were addressed.

“Diversity isn’t just a buzzword, it interweaves in everything we do,” added TJ Willis, assistant director of the NC State Student Centers. “Diversity of thought, perspective, person and space. It’s in everything.”

In addition to serving as a campus connection point the facility was also designed with sustainability in mind. The  U.S. Green Building Council recently designated the building as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building at the Silver level. Reusing materials from the previous structure reduced costs and landfill waste associated with building an entirely new student union.

NC State Student Centers is a service of Campus Enterprises, the lead division for retail and hospitality at NC State. Learn more at campusenterprises.ncsu.edu.

 

Faculty, students and staff enjoy lunch at the 1887 bistro at the Talley Student Union. Photo by Marc

New NC State Dining Savings Program Available to NC State Faculty and Staff

NC State Faculty and Staff are now eligible for on-campus dining discounts through the IncrEDIBLE Savings Club,  a new employee savings program available through NC State’s AllCampus Payroll Deduction.

Employees can enroll in NC State’s AllCampus Payroll Deduction at any time, and on-campus purchases will be deducted directly from their monthly paycheck. There are no minimum or maximum requirements, and employees will only be charged for the amount they purchase each month, not to exceed their set monthly payroll deduction limit of $50, $100, $150, or $200.

Employees enrolled in the IncrEDIBLE Savings Club will benefit from the following on-campus dining discounts:

  • $1.00 off every meal purchase at Fountain, Clark and/or Case Dining Halls;
  • 10% off of any restaurant or cafe purchase; and
  • 5% off at any campus C-Store purchase.

Whether you purchase your favorite Port City Java brew on your way to a meeting or visit a dining hall for lunch, you will enjoy the incrEDIBLE savings you receive with each purchase. Best of all, the IncrEDIBLE Savings Club is risk free and it’s easy to sign up.

How the IncrEDIBLE Savings Club Works

  1. Visit go.ncsu.edu/incredible-savings for club details and to sign up.
  2. Choose a monthly payroll deduction limit of $50, $100, $150 or $200.
  3. Present your NC State Faculty/Staff ID when making an on-campus dining purchase to receive your discount. You will be charged only the amount you purchase each month, not to exceed your set monthly limit, which will be deducted from your next paycheck.

Not only will you receive these new incrEDIBLE savings, you will also enjoy benefits such as faculty/staff meet-ups and special dinner invites to the Terrace Dining Room and the State Club, for which NC State Dining has recently assumed responsibility.

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 on the IncrEDIBLE Savings Club, contact Lindsay Hester, NC State Dining Marketing Manager, at 919.513.0543 or via email at lphester@ncsu.edu.

 

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Tapingo, Popular On-Campus Ordering App, Comes to NC State

NC State NC State Dining has partnered with the popular food ordering app, Tapingo, to make eating on campus more convenient than ever before.  Tapingo, a contextual shopping app that processes on-the-go orders and makes items available for pickup within minutes, launched on Monday, November 9 at select NC State Dining locations, including Jason’s Deli, Tuffy’s Diner, Port City Java, Starbucks, On the Oval, and more.

Students, faculty and staff at NC State will benefit from advanced mobile ordering and pickup, via Tapingo’s smartphone app. Tapingo (free to download) will enable NC State students, faculty and staff to purchase through the app via Dining Dollars, Meal Credits, AllCampus student funds or a major credit card. Upon opening the app, users can browse the menus of nearby venues and place an order from the comfort and space of their own mobile device. Once an order is ready, Tapingo sends a text notification to the user, who can pick it up and avoid waiting in line. Embodying the Tapingo lifestyle of “wait less, live more” Tapingo’s technology is so advanced that the app remembers personalized choices (hold the mayo) for one-tap reordering.

NC State Dining hopes to add AllCampus payroll deduction for faculty and staff as an option for payment in the future.

As part of an ongoing commitment to innovation and service, NC State Dining sees a partnership with Tapingo as a perfect way to give choice and convenience to students, faculty and staff. Randy Lait, senior director of Hospitality Services believes the Wolfpack will appreciate the convenience stating, “Tapingo provides us with an opportunity to offer a convenient mobile solution and further strengthens our ability to provide outstanding customer service on campus.”

For more information and a list of participating locations, visit go.ncsu.edu/tapingo.

About Tapingo

Since its founding in 2012, Tapingo has leveraged mobile technology to solve a key problem for students: lack of time. Whether confronted with long lines while racing between classes, needing a “midnight boost” during late-night study sessions, or faced with a lack of options when living off campus, students are increasingly in search of a new solution to meet their needs. With just a few taps, users can browse menus, order and pay, then schedule pickup or have their order delivered. Tapingo provides a streamlined buying process that benefits both the students and the campuses, while driving habitual purchase and eliminating operational inefficiencies. Today, Tapingo processes tens of thousands of transactions per day, and the average user utilizes the service more than five times per week. Serving 46 markets from Alaska to Miami, Tapingo is the ideal commerce solution for the on-the-go on-demand generation.

Campus Enterprises is the lead division for retail and hospitality on the NC State University campus. For more information, contact Lindsay Hester, Marketing Manager, at 919.513.0543 or via email at lphester@ncsu.edu.

 

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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>>