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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



NC State Brings Home Win Against UNC-Chapel Hill in Chef Throwdown

Another throwdown on Tobacco Road on Friday, January 15; the Wolfpack challenged the Tar Heels on more than the basketball court.  Facing off in the inaugural Collegiate Culinary Challenge, NC State took on UNC-Chapel Hill in a kitchen throwdown pitting both universities’ professional and student culinary teams against each other.  

The competition took place on the top floor of UNC’s Lenoir Hall. Student leaders, including members of NC State’s Foodie Group, Student Government and University Student Centers, took the ride over to Chapel Hill to cheer on their fellow Wolfpack competitors.  Each team was given one hour to prepare their dishes. After a hard-fought competition, the results were split. NC State came through with a win in the professional competition, while UNC narrowly edged out a victory in the student competition.

“It was great opportunity to expand my culinary skills,” said Madison Breen, who was a member of the NC State student culinary team. “We learned so much from the chefs.”

Students and administrators were treated to a diverse menu of locally sourced ingredients, many of which originated from the NC State campus. The NC State Agroecology Farm supplied some tasty vegetables, while Howling Cow donated dairy items.

There are hopes to grow next year’s Collegiate Culinary Challenge to other ACC schools.

“We would love to see the event expand into a Big Four challenge that also includes Duke and Wake Forest, which were unavailable this year,” said Shawn Hoch, associate director of University Dining at NC State.

NC State’s professional chef team and student participants included:

  • Chef Cory Dougherty, CEC | One Earth World Cuisine
  • Chef Mark Turner, CEC | Catering Executive Chef
  • Chef Adam Smith | On The Oval Culinary Creations
  • Chef Eddie Wilson, CEC, CCA | Talley Executive Chef | Event Organizer & Student Team Coach
  • Madison Breen |  Masters | Higher Education
  • Kaitlyn Williams | Bachelors | Biochemistry
  • Vaarun Ramasamy | Masters | Aerospace Engineering

University Dining is a service of Campus Enterprises, the lead division for retail and hospitality on the NC State University campus. For more information on University Dining or the Collegiate Culinary Challenge, contact Lindsay Hester, Marketing Manager, at 919.513.0543 or via email at

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

New University 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 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 University Dining has recently assumed responsibility.

University 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, University Dining Marketing Manager, at 919.513.0543 or via email at





Campus Enterprises Assumes Responsibility for the State Club

There will be big changes at The State Club in 2016. As of Monday, the restaurant located in the Park Alumni Center on Centennial Campus will now be fully open to university staff, faculty, students, Alumni Association members and the general for lunch.

Hours of operation are from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The full-service restaurant will be managed and operated by Campus Enterprises, with food prepared by Rave! Event Services, the university’s catering and event services provider. Campus Enterprises also operates The Terrace Dining Room at the Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse across the street and other full-service dining options on campus.

“These facilities, located on Centennial Campus, are a tremendous asset to our university,” said Dan Adams, associate vice chancellor for Campus Enterprises, “and we look forward to providing the excellent service our campus has come to expect.”

Membership at the club will not change, Adams said. Dinner and special events, such as the Red and White Festival, Wine Society, holiday brunches and watch parties, will continue to be member-only events.

State Club membership is no longer required to reserve meeting space or hold events at Park Alumni Center. Club and Alumni Association members will have preferred pricing.

“As the premier catering operation at NC State, Rave! Event Services has a reputation for its quality and innovation as well as handling events large and small,” said Rick Sederholt, general manager of The State Club.  “The new business model will feature the absolute best of what NC State’s award-winning dining, catering and event services program has to offer.”

Reservations are recommended but not required for lunch. To accommodate groups of eight or more, however, call 919-515-0500 to ensure parties are served quickly.  To reserve rooms or plan an event at the State Club, visit or call 919-513-8368.


University Student Centers Recognized for Inclusive Excellence


University Student Centers at NC State University is the 2015 recipient of the  Edwin R. Golden Award for Inclusive Excellence given by the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS).   

This award recognizes outstanding campus leadership, activities, and/or programs promoting cultural awareness and inclusion.

From groundbreaking in 2011 to completion in 2015, Talley Student Union at NC State University has been renovated with one clear goal: to create an inclusive space for students, faculty, staff and campus visitors from all walks of life.

“Great care has been taken in the creation of diverse campus community centers including GLBT Center, Women’s Center,  Multicultural Student Affairs, and Chaplains’ Cooperative Ministry, explained Tim Hogan, director of the NC State University Student Centers.

Elizabeth Snively, marketing manager for the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity, added:  “The campus community centers hum and thrive on a daily basis with their service to a diverse campus population that includes undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and community members. They provide a rich array of programs, events and support services throughout the academic year.”

Diversity is expressed throughout the union; taking different shapes and forms. The Cultural Hearth, which serves as a center for diversity-related programs has become a community hub for many campus groups. One Earth World Cuisine, which serves foods from various cultures and ethnicities, as well as customized catering for any dietary, religious or cultural group request. This award adds to the list of accolades the Union has received since since its Phase I opening in October 2013.  

“The old Talley was very transactional, It wasn’t a place to hang out, “ added Hogan.  “Now it’s a serves as a second home, and students have immediately taken advantage of the space that’s available.”

Hogan and Dr. TJ Willis, assistant director of University Student Centers, were invited to present at the NACAS National Conference on November 2 in San Antonio, Texas.

University Student Centers is a department of Campus Enterprises, the lead division for retail and hospitality on the NC State campus.


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

NC State University 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 University 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.

University 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, University 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

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





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


University 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.”  


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

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1887 Bistro Opens in Talley Student Union: New fine dining restaurant opens for lunch and late-night fare

The latest restaurant to join the Talley lineup of dining options — 1887 Bistro — will open in Talley Student Union on Monday, September 21, 2015.

11887_salad887 Bistro will help meet two remaining needs in the Union: a fine-dining option for weekday lunch and a late-evening gathering spot to commune over shareable appetizers, flatbreads and desserts.

Serving lunch weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1887 Bistro will feature a menu that combines refined taste with Southern tradition. Lunch guests will have their choice of fresh salads layered in mason jars, smoked beef brisket sandwiches, pork belly BLT, flatbreads, coffee-rubbed beef medallions, and many more items to please the palette.

1887 Bistro will re-open from 9 p.m. to midnight Sunday – Thursday with a menu of appetizers and desserts that are easily shareable, yet tempting to keep all to yourself. Options include buffalo chicken dip, pork belly sliders, firecracker shrimp, chimichurri steak skewers, Southwest eggrolls and more.

Not to be outdone, University Dining’s award-winning bakery has taken the lead on creating special desserts as well. House-made crostada (served piping hot) and a flight of lemon mousse, Grand Marnier creme brulee and hazelnut pot de creme offer delectable options for guests with a sweet tooth.

The restaurant accepts Dining Dollars and AllCampus funds. Cash, credit and debit are also accepted. Students with meal plans will receive an $8.50 Meal Credit at the late-night meal period.

1887 will also be a prime destination for special events in Talley Student Union. This dynamic space is a perfect spot for anythin1887_GrilledChickg from culinary demonstrations, food lectures or receptions, and can be reserved for afternoon and early evening events. Rave! Event Services provides customized menus for any event from our award-winning NC State University Dining team.

Whether you are meeting for lunch, looking for a place for your next event, or stopping by to finish your day with some delicious food, 1887 Bistro will be a perfect complement to Talley Student Union and University Dining. We will see you on September 21st!

More pictures of 1887>>

University Dining is a service of Campus Enterprises, the lead division for retail and hospitality on the NC State campus. To book your next social or special event at 1887 Bistro, contact RAVE! Event Services at 919-51-EVENT (919-513-8368) or visit




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>>