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NC State Dining Offers New Way to Navigate a Pork-Free Diet

Effective November 20, NC State is officially labeling food products that contain pork or pork by-products. The change in labeling comes about after NC State’s own Muslim Student Association expressed a need for knowing which foods on campus were safe to eat according to their religious preferences and which weren’t.

“Diners wishing to keep pork out of their diets can look for the pink pig icon next to menu listings that contain pork or pork by-products (i.e. gelatin),” said Lisa Eberhart, NC State director of nutrition and wellness. “They will also be able to see these icons online and at any NC State dining locations.”

Anyone with questions about the new pork icon can feel free to contact Eberhart. They can also ask any dining manager for assistance if they are unable to locate the pork-free menu items.

One of the most exciting new pork-free menu items is the meat-free omelette offered at any one of NC State Dining’s omelette stations. Students who desire meat-free or pork-free omelettes should ask for the red-handled pan upon approach. Students can also ask for a made-to-order, meat-free omelette made with the red-handled pan.

NC State Mascots - Mr. and Ms. Wuf - strut around campus in their new NC State tartan: Pack Plaid

Pack Plaid Debuts at Homecoming Textile Bowl; Wolfpack Outfitters

Attention Wolfpack fans with an affinity for Scottish tartan or a desire to show off some style: NC State now has an official tartan — Pack Plaid — and it’s now available at Wolfpack Outfitters on a variety of products.

The tartan was designed by Kathleen Kelly ‘14 during her time in the NC State College of Textiles. She entered her sophisticated pattern in black, dark gray, red and white in a contest to represent NC State on the Scottish Registry of Deeds, the official Scottish register of tartans.

According to NC State College of Textiles Professor Cynthia Istook, who created and implemented the Pack Plaid contest, Kelly’s design was the clear winner. From 30 student submissions, university faculty and administrators chose four patterns as semi-finalists; next, alumni and members of the public ranked their favorites.

“Kathleen actually had more than one design chosen to be in the top four,” said Istook. “Her (winning tartan) was the one that came out on top — significantly — with well more than 50 percent of the votes.”

Her inspiration was tailored menswear, and she designed her tartan to augment the Wolfpack fan’s existing wardrobe.

“So much of the paraphernalia that’s sold for NC State is predominantly red,” she said. “So I thought that doing something with the gray or black background and just accents of red would coordinate better with the other things that are offered in the bookstore.”

NC State’s official on-campus bookstore – Wolfpack Outfitters – currently carries ceramic mugs, coasters, luggage tags, key fobs and t-shirts bearing the Pack Plaid. “We are also expecting to add cashmere scarves and other new items soon,” said Jeff Halliburton, director of NC State Stores.

According to Halliburton, these products will be carried not only in the Talley Student Union store, but also online at shop.ncsu.edu and at Gameday concession stands in Carter-Finley Stadium and the PNC Arena.

Fans can also look for Mr. and Ms. Wuf to be sporting the new pack plaid at the NC State vs. Clemson home football game on November 5.

Lonnie Poole Golf Course Introduces Updated Logo

NC State’s Lonnie Poole Golf Course has introduced an updated version of their original logo to better reflect its affiliation with the university and its brand.

As a home for myriad departments and programs at NC State, the golf course is a diverse landscape designed to meet the needs of both the campus and greater Raleigh community. The logo update will allow the course to transition between and meet the brand standards for both academic and athletic departments at NC State.

“The original logo was created more than 10 years ago before the university has gone through a rigorous and purposeful brand refresh,” said Jennifer Gilmore, director of marketing for NC State Campus Enterprises. “We wanted a mark that reflected elements of the original mark while also reflecting the modern, innovative aspects of the university. This new mark does both.”

Visitors to the golf course and clubhouse can see the new logo on golf shop apparel and sporting goods as well as the signature red golf carts.

“It’s a clean look and offers us a lot more latitude on our merchandise,” said Nick Dillman, head golf professional at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course. “It really appeals to the new generation of golfers and ties us more closely with the university. It’s been very well received.”

For more information about the Lonnie Poole Golf Course, visit www.lonniepoolegolfcourse.com.

Campus Enterprises is the lead division for retail and hospitality on the NC State University campus. For more information, contact Taylor Wood,  Marketing Manager, at 919.515.3889 or via email at tmwood@ncsu.edu.  

 

NC State Dining to Provide A Free Lunch for NC State Veterans

In association with the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, NC State Dining will be honoring the university’s 500+ veterans with a free lunch in celebration of Veterans Day on Friday, November 10. Veterans can visit a number of dining locations across campus to receive their complimentary meal.

Locations Include:

Dining Halls: Fountain Dining Hall, Clark Dining Hall, Case Dining Hall

Fast Casual Restaurants: On The Oval, The Atrium, Talley Pavilions, One Earth, Wolves’ Den

Dine-In Restaurants: 1887 Bistro, State Club Restaurant, Terrace Dining Room

Dine-in restaurant meals at the Terrace Dining Room and 1887 Bistro include an entree, non-alcoholic beverage and dessert. To guarantee you are able to enjoy a free lunch at our dine-in restaurants, guests should visit go.ncsu.edu/veterans-day-dining to make reservations. Additionally, all Veterans will receive a commemorative pin with their complimentary meal.

Campus Enterprises is the lead division for retail and hospitality on the NC State University campus. For more information, contact Taylor Wood,  Marketing Manager, at 919.515.3889 or via email at tmwood@ncsu.edu.  

NC State Trademark Licensing Encourages Wolfpack Fans to Buy Licensed Products

Trademarks — like Tuffy (the Strutting Wolf) and the Block S — are valuable assets to NC State not only in brand-building but also to student scholarship revenues. Up to $1 million of proceeds from the sale of trademarked products is contributed annually to five scholarship funds, all of which are generated from trademark royalties from the companies licensed to supply fans with approved products.

The NC State Trademark Licensing office partnered with NC State University Communications to create a video encouraging fans to look for the label when buying NC State-branded products to ensure they are not unwittingly lining the pockets of trademark “pirates.” Every officially licensed product will have a special hang tag or hologram sticker marking it as a “Collegiate Licensed Product.”

“The Internet is full of pop-up stores on Amazon and Alibaba websites as well as sketchy Facebook advertisements touting NC State-branded products that are not licensed by the university,” said Gregg Zarnstorff, NC State Trademark Licensing director. “Sometimes these products don’t represent the university’s brand in a positive way; other times they’re paired with other licensed brands such as Peanuts® characters or superheroes, so they are infringing on two brands at the same time. Some bootleg products can even put a student athlete’s NCAA standings in jeopardy when their name or likeness is used without permission.

“Meanwhile, the ‘pirates’ are taking the full profit on a product that hurts our brand,” Zarnstorff added. “While we pursue these infringers on the supply side in legal channels, the new video and ad campaign target the demand side and inform NC State fans of the need to be selective in their purchases if they truly support the mission of the university.”

Royalty proceeds fund merit- and need-based scholarships, athletic scholarships, study abroad programs and scholarships for children of NC State faculty and staff attending the university.

The video is being promoted on social media via NC State’s main channels and Wolfpack Fans, a facebook page run by NC State Trademark Licensing. It is also being aired at athletic events, such as home football games at Carter-Finley Stadium.

“We want fans to know the importance of buying licensed gear, and we hope they will spread the word to other NC State fans who share our desire to ensure contributions to these important funds are maximized,” said Zarnstorff.

For more information and to view the video, visit go.ncsu.edu/look-for-label.

 

Campus Enterprises Introduces Fast Feedback

Campus Enterprises, NC State’s retail and hospitality division, recently launched a new program to garner quick feedback its service and offerings.

“We want to start a two-way conversation with our students, staff and visitors to ensure we are listening to their needs and using that information to improve our services, but we also wanted it to be quick, easy and fun,” said Jennifer Gilmore, director of marketing and communication for Campus Enterprises. “We created a program where we offer up a few new questions each week to get a pulse on customer satisfaction and provide some small rewards along the way for their participation as long as they provide an email address.”

Questions are designed to garner feedback as well as gauge awareness of some of the programs Campus Enterprises offers. “For example, you might see a question about whether or not students know we have a bakery on campus and that they can order birthday cakes. Or if they were aware that they could use their Dining Dollars at the Terrace Dining Room at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course,” Gilmore added.

The survey is also for faculty and staff. “Not everyone uses Snapchat, so the survey can also be accessed at go.ncsu.edu/fast-feedback.”

 

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.

 

NC State Bookstores Announces Name Change

May 17, 2017 – A small but noticeable change is coming to NC State Bookstores. The umbrella organization for NC State University’s apparel, technology, school supplies and course materials locations along with Wolf Xpress and State of the Art will now be called NC State Stores.

“Dropping book from our name is more a recognition of our offerings and progress than simply a name change,” said Jeff Halliburton, director of NC State Stores. “We have multiple locations offering a variety and diversity of goods and services and we wanted our organizational name to reflect that.”

While some may always colloquially refer to the flagship location as “the bookstore,” Wolfpack Outfitters now represents the name of all of the retail locations for NC State Stores, including Pack Shop on Centennial Campus, which will adopt the Wolfpack Outfitters moniker over the summer.

Gameday merchandise concessions operations, which can be found permanently at the Eye Store in PNC Arena and on game days at Carter-Finley, Doak Field, Reynolds Coliseum, and the PNC Arena concourse. These gameday merchandise concessions operations–called State Stuff Stores–will also adopt the Wolfpack Outfitters name.

“This name change will provide consistency among our Wolfpack Outfitters locations so that our customer base can identify with our offerings and feel they are getting the same experience regardless of where they are on campus,” said Halliburton.

NC State Stores also comprises State of the Art, a custom t-shirt print and promotional item shop and Wolf Xpress, the on-campus print shop. These operations will maintain their names.

 

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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 go.ncsu.edu/rave-menus.

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 lphester@ncsu.edu.