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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.

 

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 trirestaurantweek.com

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 tmwood@ncsu.edu

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 Dining Unveils New Dining Plans for 2017-2018

NC State Dining is introducing new meal plans and features to our program for the 2017-2018 academic year. The changes are designed to provide more flexibility and value to our students.

“Our Freedom Pass plan has been our most popular meal plan, so we decided to build on its foundation to create options that have broad appeal depending on the level of coverage a student desires,” said Randy Lait, senior director for hospitality services. “We’ve also added new features that make them even more flexible, such as more meal credits, two lunchtime meal periods per day and guest meals. The new plans have been received positively by student leaders, so we feel confident our students will be very excited, too.”

Three new meal plans – called Anytime Plans – feature all day dining hall access, meal credits and guest passes that can be used in the dining halls and include 100 dining dollars:

Weekday Plan | all-day dining hall access and 8 meal credits to be used Monday – Friday each week, plus 100 Dining Dollars and 3 guest meals per semester

Everyday Plan | all-day dining hall access and 12 meal credits each week, plus 100 Dining Dollars and 5 guest meals per semester

Deluxe Plan | all-day dining hall access and 15 meal credits each week, plus 100 Dining Dollars and 8 guest meals per semester

For students who desire fewer meals, NC State Dining will offer one meals-per semester plan:

Block Plan | 150 meals per semester, includes $100 Dining Dollars

Commuters and students living in on-campus apartments or Fraternity/Sorority Housing will still be able to purchase the Commuter/Apartment plan:

Commuter/Apartment Plan | $750 Dining Dollars per semester; 5% discount at the register.

Lait added, “Students will now have the option of an early lunch or late lunch meal period. Instead of only being able to swipe once for lunch, students can now swipe once between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., then again between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. This will bring the number of meal periods each week to 35, providing many more opportunities to use meal credits.”

Students will also be able to use a meal credit to purchase Howling Cow ice cream in Talley Market.

The changes are in response to customer satisfaction surveys, social media, and feedback from students. The new features eliminate many of the “use it or lose it” aspects of the old plans and lost meal credits due to the longer lunch meal period. It will also provide more opportunities for students to use the dining halls not only as a place to eat, but a place to gather more freely with more students having all day access built into their plan.

Students will be able to sign up for the new meal plans beginning March 13.

“As one of the leading college dining experiences, we are committed to meeting the needs of the students we serve,” added Lait.

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 Jennifer Gilmore at 919.513.3017 or via email at jhgilmor@ncsu.edu.

 

Jeff Halliburton, NC State Bookstore Director

Jeff Halliburton Named Director, NC State Bookstores

Jeff Halliburton has been named director of the NC State Bookstores, Campus Enterprises announced recently. 

“We’re glad to have Jeff bring his skill set to the Campus Enterprises team and more specifically to the bookstores operation,” said Dr. Dan Adams, associate vice chancellor, Campus Enterprises. “With his expertise in retail campus bookstores combined with our state-of-the-art facilities the campus community can look forward to an even higher level of engagement.”

Halliburton brings extensive college store experience, having spent the last 13 years at the University Co-op serving the University of Texas at Austin, most recently as vice president of operations and human resources. As the new bookstores director, he is charged with the overall financial and strategic operations of the bookstores, including leadership of the flagship Wolfpack Outfitters store located in the Talley Student Union; the Pack Shop located on NC State’s Centennial Campus; Wolf Xpress, the in-house print production and course pack department; State of the Art, a unique print-on-demand clothing division, which designs artistic Wolfpack-licensed products; and the Athletics Concessions arm supporting apparel and gift retail at major sporting events.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to start a new challenge with NC State and am looking forward to working with the outstanding team and foundation of excellence that is in place,” said Halliburton. “We will develop and provide the resources required to support the learning needs of a cutting-edge University and develop the experiential retail environments that a loyal and dedicated fan base expect.”

To learn more about NC State Campus Enterprises, visit campusenterprises.ncsu.edu.

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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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 on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11. 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: Terrace Dining Room, 1887 Bistro

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 Lindsay Hester, Marketing Manager, at 919.513.0543 or via email at lphester@ncsu.edu.  

Grad Fair Set for November 1 – 3

NC State Bookstores semi-annual graduation fair will take place November 1 – 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2) each day on the lower level of Wolfpack Outfitters at Talley Student Union. At the event, NC State University graduating seniors and their families can purchase commencement apparel and merchandise. Faculty can also reserve regalia for graduation exercises.

For those attending the three-day event, diploma frames will be 10 percent off the regular price. If students and families cannot attend the fair, online ordering is available for some products.

In the spring of 2010, NC State transitioned to caps and environmentally-friendly gowns dyed red and embroidered with the North Carolina State Seal. Each gown is produced by GreenWeaverTM and made  with 100 percent post-consumer recycled bottles.

NC State Bookstores has partnered with the NC State Alumni Association and Balfour to bring students the NC State ring program. This program embodies the storied tradition of graduates of NC State earning the right to their own NC State ring. Our ring representatives will be at the Grad Fair to answer questions and take orders.

The fair will also feature on-site vendors of graduation services and merchandise, including:

  • Balfour – class rings and graduation announcements
  • University Frames, Inc. – handmade custom diploma frames
  • Graduation Portraits – free portraits with no obligation to purchase
  • NC State Alumni Association
  • Uploma – A desktop statue diploma

For more information about the NC State Bookstores’ Graduation Fair or to order graduation products online, visit: http://go.ncsu.edu/grad-fair.

NC State Bookstores is a division of Campus Enterprises, the lead division for retail and hospitality at NC State University. To learn more, go to campusenterprises.ncsu.edu.

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Park Alumni Center Hosts Got to Be NC’s “Battle of the Champions” Culinary Championship Semi Finals and Grand Finale

October 18, 2016 — The Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center will host two events associated with the Got to Be NC Products’  Competition Dining Series, “Battle of the Champions.” The Park Alumni Center is located on NC State’s Centennial Campus and is a prime destination for reunions, receptions, parties, and seminars. It is also home to the State Club Restaurant, which is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The “Battle of the Champions” competition spans six major North Carolina cities to find the most competitive chefs in North Carolina. Chefs compete at regional events over a course of several months, culminating in regional events held November 11 – 13. The semi-final event pitting the winners from November 11 and 12 will take place at the Park Alumni Center on November 18. The Grand Finale pitting the winners from November 13 and November 18 will take place November 20.

The intense competition will consist of two teams with three chefs, battling each other in a blind dinner format. Each team will have to use the ingredients presented to them the morning of the competition. The ingredients presented to the chefs will be  “Featured” North Carolina ingredients.

Guests have the honor of tasting two three-course meals, in a blind competition format. Ticket purchases give the option of sitting in the main dining room, or the mezzanine seating, which is in a more private balcony seating area. Guests will not know which course came from which team, in order to keep the competition blind. Chefs will be eliminated in a single elimination format. Guests judge the dishes based on presentation, aroma, flavor, creativity, and more. The voting will take place digitally, and guests will ultimately decide the winners.

 

Learn more about the event or purchase tickets >>