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On the Oval Culinary Creations Coming to Centennial Campus

New dining location opening late Summer 2013 designed to serve students, faculty, staff, campus partners and guests

February 25, 2013 (Raleigh, NC) – University Dining, a service of Campus Enterprises at NC State, will establish the first permanent, full-service dining establishment on Centennial Campus since its inception 25 years ago when it opens a new food court in August 2013.

On the Oval Culinary Creations — located in the new Wolf Ridge Housing Complex — will feature four micro restaurants,and a diner venue with early-morning and late-night access. The menu will include a wide variety of fresh-made entrees and sides, including comfort, low-fat, vegan and vegetarian options.
Conveniently located near the College of Engineering, the College of Textiles and new Hunt Library, On the Oval will provide a much-needed and long-awaited solution to robust foodservice on Centennial Campus.

More than 400 guests can enjoy the indoor and outdoor seating areas, making it a hotspot for students, faculty, staff, corporate partners and campus visitors to relax and eat.  The seating area has been designed to accommodate groups that want to collaborate over a meal.

On the Oval will offer the following choices of restaurants:

Cold Fusion will be the place to stop for fresh sandwiches and wraps made with fresh breads, choice meats and cheeses, specialty salads and soups.

Fahrenheit will serve artisan pizza baked in a fire-deck oven, plus an ever-changing menu of rotisserie meats and fish, each served with a complementary side item.

Flash Point will feature authentic regional Asian flavors, including fresh-rolled sushi, noodle bowls with stir-fried meats, vegetables and tofu, customized with your favorite sauces and

Newton’s Grill and Diner will have a menu of your favorite diner foods, including items hot from the grill menu, breakfast favorites, and more. You can look for Angus beef burgers, hand-cut fries, and signature grill specials.  A separate, intimate seating area (Newton’s Diner) will have a separate entrance that will enable it to operate as its own venue for breakfast, late nights and weekends.

A video tour of the new location can be accessed at the following link:

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NC State Alums Put Degrees, Hearts to Work on Talley Project

A guest post from Lisa Perkins, Vice President, Marketing and Communications for Rodgers Builders, Inc.

Steel Signing Event during 2012 Wolfpack Welcome Week. Left to Right: Thomas Daye (’93), B.D. Rodgers (’49), Wes Spurlock (’99), Jeremy McGinnis (’02)

Starting with Rodgers Chairman B.D. Rodgers, Wolfpack pride is rampant on the Talley construction site.

B.D. Rodgers, named the College of Engineering’s Distinguished Alumni in 2009, graduated in 1949 after serving in the European Theater during World War II. In 1963, with $5,000 borrowed from his life insurance policy, a truck and one superintendent, he founded Rodgers Builders, Inc., today one of North Carolina’s largest privately owned companies.

“I’m grateful to NC State for the highly regarded engineering program they offered when I attended, and still do today,” says Rodgers, noting that he often refers to his old textbooks for answers to construction questions.

He joins Jeremy McGinnis, PE (2002), and Wes Spurlock (1999), both of Rodgers; and Thomas Daye (1993) of DayeCo, in fondly calling this campus “home.” Joint Venture Rodgers Russell DayeCo serves as construction manager for the Talley project.

“Being back on campus every day brings back a lot of great memories,” says McGinnis, project manager. “NC State is a very special place for me and I’m proud to be a part of a project that will become a new landmark for our University.”

“It’s great to be back and reminisce about my time on campus as a student, but this project is also giving me a new perspective and appreciation of what it takes to make a successful semester or school year,” says Spurlock, superintendent. “It’s very interesting to see and be involved with the things that go on behind the scenes that allow the campus to function.”

Rodgers actively engages in building the capacity of the minority contracting community. Joint-venture partner DayeCo is one of a number of companies Rodgers is currently mentoring.

“Our approach to mentoring is designed not only to help build increased industry capacity,” says Pat Rodgers, Rodgers’ president and CEO. “Our program also seeks to develop an organization’s internal strengths, systems, and skills. The result is greater mission fulfillment, community impact, and organizational sustainability.”

“As an almost-20-year alum, it’s an honor to come back and do this project with NC State and Rodgers, because you get an opportunity to show the University the skills you learned here,” says Daye, president of DayeCo Construction. “With B.D. being an alum, and the other NC State alums here, this is like coming back home.”

For information about Rodgers Russell DayeCo, visit Rodgers Builders, Inc. , H.J. Russell & Co., and DayeCo Construction.

North Carolina State University and U.S. Bank Combine Campus ID and Prepaid MasterCard, ATMs on Campus

RALEIGH, N.C.  and MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.  (April 18, 2012) – North Carolina State University (NC State)  and U.S. Bank have partnered to offer the Wolfpack One Card, a campus identification card that doubles as a prepaid MasterCard® card, to the incoming freshmen class in June 2012.  Current students, faculty or staff members can upgrade starting in Fall 2012. As part of the contract, U.S. Bank will also deploy ATMs on campus.

U.S. Bank is a leader in offering multiple banking services to students, faculty and staff on university campuses, including dual-purpose banking and ID cards, but this is the first time that the company has combined the ID with a prepaid card. The card can be used for purchases wherever debit MasterCard cards are accepted.

“This relationship provides a significant upgrade to our existing card program, giving our campus population a convenient card and banking program when combined with MasterCard’s worldwide acceptance,” said Dr. Dan Adams, associate vice chancellor for Campus Enterprises at NC State.

“Our partnership with NC State offers students and staff of this nationally-recognized university the convenience and security of having a single card that operates as their campus ID and a card they can use to pay for purchases,” said Kevin Morrison, senior vice president at U.S. Bank. “With U.S. Bank’s prepaid MasterCard functionality, approximately 34,000 students and 8,000 staff members now have the ability to receive a direct deposit from their employer, the financial aid office or their parents and to spend those funds on or off-campus. They also have the benefit of U.S. Bank’s online tools so they can easily stay informed and in control of their finances.”

The new Wolfpack One Card continues to provide on-campus functionality, including meal plans, the AllCampus debit account and door or parking gate access, to name a few.

The Wolfpack One Card is free for new students and $10 for current students, faculty or staff members who wish to get the new card. The card has no enrollment or monthly fees, and no minimum balance required to keep the account active. U.S. Bank offers email and text alerts to keep cardholders informed about account activity – such as ATM withdrawals, processed deposits or low balances – and access to a secure website (online or via their mobile phone) to view account balances, check transactions and make changes to the account anytime.

Parents, an employer, or the university financial aid office can deposit funds electronically, as can any other Wolfpack One Cardholder. (Students electing to receive funds from multiple sources are required to have a Deluxe account, which is free of charge.) Cardholders can withdraw money for free at merchants where debit MasterCard cards are accepted and at the 23,000 U.S. Bank or MoneyPass-branded ATMs.

For more information about the Wolfpack One Card, visit, or
U.S. Bank Campus Banking, visit

About North Carolina State University
Founded in 1887, North Carolina State University (NC State) is an institution distinguished by its exceptional quality of research, teaching, and public service.  It is the largest university in the state, with more than 34,000 students and 8,000 faculty and staff.  As a land grant university, NC State is one of two research-extensive institutions in the 17 campus University of North Carolina system.  It is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as one of only 31 universities nationwide with both “very high” research activity and notable community engagement. NC State consistently ranks among the nation’s top public universities and best higher-education values. Visit NC State on the web at

About U.S. Bank
U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $340 billion in assets as of Dec. 31, 2011, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The company operates 3,085 banking offices in 25 states and 5,053 ATMs, and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S. Bancorp and its employees are dedicated to improving the communities they serve, for which the company earned the 2011 Spirit of America Award, the highest honor bestowed on a company by United Way. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at



NC State ID Card/Office Gets New Name

RALEIGH, NC (April 18, 2012) – The NC State AllCampus Card office — and its ID card — have been renamed Wolfpack One, it was announced today by Dr. Dan Adams, associate vice chancellor for Campus Enterprises.  The name change was precipitated by a new relationship with U.S. Bank that will enable two debit account programs to be accessible from the card, among other features, one being the AllCampus Network.

“We want to make the many benefits of the card to be as clear as possible,” said Adams. “Giving the card and office a unique name independent of our AllCampus debit account program will allow the two debit accounts – AllCampus and U.S. Bank Debit MasterCard – to reside under the Wolfpack One Card umbrella.  It also gives us an opportunity to create a name that is uniquely NC State.”

The Wolfpack One Card Office is located in the West Dunn Building.  It will move to Talley Student Center in June 2012.  For more information about the Wolfpack One Card Office, visit



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 >>

NC State Bookstores Supports Campus Book Discussions

NC State Bookstores is supporting seven NC State faculty and other distinguished authors who giving talks on the NC State campus by providing books for purchase after their programs. Events include the following.

October 14, – 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Dr. Gary Nabhan discusses his book Ethnobiology for the Future
Hosted by and at JC Raulston Arboretum

October 18, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m.
Dr. James Loewen discusses his books Lies Across America, Lies My Teacher Told Me, and Teaching What Really Happened
Diversity Education Week Event
Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union

October 19, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Shaka Senghor discusses his book Writing My Wrongs
Diversity Education Week Event
Talley Coastal Ballroom

October 19, 7 pm. – 8:30 p.m.
Drs. Paul Ehrlich and Robb Dunn discuss their books:
Annihilation of Nature and Killing the Koala and Poisoning the Prairie (Ehrlich)
Man Who Touched His Own Heart (Dunn)
James B. Hunt Library

October 24, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Tensie Taylor discusses her book Bullied From Terror to Triumph
Hosted by African American Cultural Center
Witherspoon Student Center, Room 126

October 25, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Lester Levine discusses his book 9/11 Memorial Visions
Wolfpack Outfitters, lower level, Talley Student Union


Talley Trellis Recognized with Architectural Woodwork Institute Award

POTOMAC FALLS, Va.  — The Architectural Woodwork Institute has announced the 2016 winners of the Standard of Excellence awards. Each winner has been featured in the AWI official journal, Design Solutions Magazine and the awards will be presented during the 2016 AWI Annual Convention in Kansas City, Missouri on October 24.

The 2016 Overall Standard of Excellence winner is Stephenson Millwork Co., Inc. located in Wilson, North Carolina, for the North Carolina State University Talley Student Union Center project. More>>


Talley Student Union Wins City of Raleigh’s Sir Walter Raleigh Award

September 20, 2016 – Talley Student Union was recognized for its outstanding contributions to the character, environment, and appearance of the City of Raleigh, at the annual Sir Walter Raleigh awards held September 7, 2016. The awards ceremony, which was held at the Contemporary Art Museum, recognized new projects in the categories of Residential, Commercial, Historic Preservation/Rehabilitation, Public Facilities and Spaces, Landscape Design, Public Service, Community Impact, Innovation.

More than 220 people attended the celebration to honor the twelve new facilities. The Sir Walter Raleigh Award first began in 1983, and since then has presented more than 200 awards annually selected by the Raleigh City Council from a pool of applicants.

Talley Student Union took the award in the public facilities and spaces category, having gone through a four-year, $120 million renovation completed in June 2015.

Talley’s design transformed a 1972 closed-off, Brutalist facility into an exciting, interactive and interdisciplinary hub for student-life experiences, the campus community and surrounding Raleigh neighborhoods. The reconfigured building advances a new model for student centers through landmark form and an emphasis on shared and flexible spaces.

The original structure was turned inside out, opening it to its surroundings and the continuous flow of campus life. Every facade was transformed, providing much-needed room for growth and making important architectural and material connections to campus. Environmental and economic factors led to the preservation and reuse of the original steel structure.

Students were engaged to inspire architectural strategies of transparency and movement that welcome users and visitors. Layered interior and exterior spaces facilitate circulation yet allow areas for both collaboration and contemplation. A central, sky-lit atrium houses a multistory wood sculpture of the university’s mascot. Extensive glazing and screening infuse interiors with light and promote connections to nature. Prominent landmarks at each corner orient students and visitors to interior function. The iconic Technology Tower echoes research underway on campus and marks a future pedestrian bridge. High performance glass and curtainwall facades are utilized in the most public areas. Glass frit patterns and terra cotta louvers provide a modern translation of the university’s use of brick.

Sustainable building features integrate into the landscape to bring environmentally conscious thinking to daily campus life with extensive daylighting, water efficient landscaping, a 50,000-gallon cistern for irrigation, high-performance glazing, recycled content materials and indoor air quality measurement. A LEED Silver Certified building, Talley performs 25% more efficiently than comparable baselines and answers student and university demands for environmental stewardship.

Talley Student Union has become the premiere destination for connecting and engaging on campus. It is also a landmark area hub that ignites enthusiasm and inspires university culture.
Durham firm Duda|Paine Archects designed the building, with Atlanta-based CooperCary designing the interior spaces.
Follow the link below for the full list of Sir Walter Raleigh award recipients, and photos from the ceremony.


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 Makes List of Top 26 Healthiest Colleges in the U.S., an online resource dedicated to providing more than 9 million monthly readers with news and information on health and fitness, has named NC State among their list of the Top 26 Healthiest Colleges in the United States. This is the first year NC State has made the list.

Colleges across the nation were evaluated based on several surveyed categories, including collegiate dining programs, health services, recreation and fitness resources. Often referred to by other publications when ranking colleges, the list aims to identify 26 colleges excelling in health and wellness opportunities on campus.

NC State’s ranking on the list can be attributed to the dedication of the leadership staff within NC State Dining, University Recreation and Student Health Services. We are joined on the list by other schools dedicated to promoting wellness initiatives on campus and creating healthy environments for students, faculty and staff.

Throughout NC State Dining operations, we place a special emphasis on fresh foods and wellness, such as the Dietitian’s Dish and Wolf Approved programs, to help students pursue a healthier lifestyle that can be embraced after their time at NC State. University Recreation received accolades for the impressively updated Carmichael Gym, which is the hub of physical activity and wellness on campus boasting over 350,000 square feet of recreation and fitness space. Additionally, NC State has over 20 acres of recreational field space for sports and leisure, 150 group fitness classes per week, small group training, personal training, lifestyle modification programs, wellness workshops an impressive aquatic center and rock climbing wall.

In 2015, NC State became one of the inaugural 20 colleges and universities to participate in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) Healthier Campus Initiative. The Healthier Campus Initiative encourages healthier options among students, faculty and staff on campuses across America. In less than a year, NC State became the first campus in the nation to successfully complete the Healthier Campus Initiative, implementing all 23 guidelines two years ahead of schedule, solidifying NC State’s commitment to student nutrition and wellness.

This list of the healthiest colleges is perennially a big hit with Greatist’s audience, because many of their readers are college age with a keen focus on their own health and wellness. They grade over 150 nominated schools on everything from nutrition and physical activities to mental and sexual health offerings.The full list of the Top 26 Healthiest Colleges can be viewed online at

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


NC State Celebrates Healthy Campus Week September 19-23

Healthy Campus Week (September 19-23) will be a celebration of healthy living at NC State. As a national leader in healthy campus initiatives, NC State Dining will highlight healthy eating on campus this week with a series of planned and surprise events promoting healthier lifestyles for students, faculty and staff.

In a joint endeavor, NC State Dining, University Recreation and Student Health Services 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 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,” said Eberhart.

Events will include healthy cooking demonstrations by chefs from Barilla Pasta and Dannon Yogurt that encourage students, faculty and staff to make healthy choices when preparing meals. Interested participants can also look for surprise events by following NC State Dining on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by searching #HealthyCampusWeek. Other events include interactive exhibits and group fitness classes around campus provided by University Recreation.

In addition, NC State Dining is scheduled to make an exciting announcement in association with University Recreation and Student Health Services on Tuesday, September 20 at 3:30 p.m. on the Stafford Lawn at Talley Student Union.

Monday, September 19: Healthy Cooking Demonstration by Barilla Pasta
Fountain Dining Hall | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
On the Oval Culinary Creations | 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Tuesday, September 20: Healthy Cooking Demonstration by Barilla Pasta
Clark Dining Hall | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Wednesday, September 21: Healthy Cooking Demonstration by Dannon Yogurt
1887 Bistro | 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Free saucepan to the first 15 participants in each class.

Friday, September 23: Group Fitness Class- Partner Power Hour Workout
Carmichael Studios B/C | 5:30 p.m.
Register at

To learn about surprise wellness activities throughout the week, follow @WellFedWolfpack and #HealthyCampusWeek on Instagram and Twitter.

The Healthier Campus Initiative started in 2014 as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) program. Since then, NC State as well as 43 other universities across the nation have pledged to uphold a set of 23 guidelines designed to create healthy environments for students across America.

In 2015, NC State was the first university in the nation to complete and carry out all 23 guidelines for PHA’s Healthy Campus Initiative. Additionally, our beloved mascot, Mr. Wuf holds PHA’s 2015 title of Healthiest Mascot. NC State Dining has also recently been recognized as one the Top 10 Gluten Free Colleges by Udi’s Gluten Free and Top 50 College Dining Experiences in the U.S. by College Rank.

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


Welcome to the Wolves’ Den


For decades, the Vet School Cafe has served the College of Veterinary Medicine. It closed in May for renovations and opened August 22 under a new name — The Wolves’ Den — with a fresh new menu and modern serving area fitting of a world-class institution.

Located on the lower level of the Small Animal Hospital at the College of Veterinary Medicine, the restaurant offers fresh, made-to-order lunch options including salads, wraps, paninis and a rotating chef’s special. Along with these made-to-order selections, vegetarian and vegan items are also be available.

The new chef’s special will rotate weekly and includes brand new menu items, such as:

  • Made-to-order pasta selections
  • Custom burritos, quesadillas and pork carnitas
  • Asian specials including sesame chicken, General Tso’s chicken, and spring rolls

The Wolves’ Den serves lunch Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. In addition to its delicious lunch menu, the Wolves’ Den is now offering breakfast Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Breakfast selections include a variety of made-to-order biscuits and wraps. Acceptable forms of payment include Meal Credits, Dining Dollars, cash, debit or credit.

The new restaurant also accepts pre-orders through the Tapingo app. Tapingo is a popular mobile ordering app that allows guests to place their order and pay in advance, while skipping the line altogether. Guests receive a text notification from Tapingo when their order is ready for pick up at Wolves’ Den. Tapingo is available on the App Store and through Google Play.

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


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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 Ranked Among Top 50 Best College Dining Experiences

College Rank, a website dedicated to evaluating and ranking college life and academics, has released a list of the Top 50 College Dining Experiences, with N.C. State University listed at No. 31. Hundreds of college dining programs across the nation were evaluated based on several categories, including versatility, health and wellness. In addition, sustainability efforts and accommodations for students with special dietary needs were also considered in the ranking process.

NC State Dining was ranked at No. 31 for its commitment to sustainability through waste reduction, special events at the dining halls, and nutrition program initiatives. For a small, one-time fee, students can purchase a reusable eco-friendly to-go container, which can be traded for a clean container at the next visit. Alternatively, students may return the container in exchange for a token to redeem at the next to-go purchase. NC State also participates in recycling, composting, recycling cooking oil, trayless dining, and other waste-reduction practices. The dining service hosts special events each year, such as the Thanksgiving Feast, Farm Feast, and All-Carolinas meals. Clark and Case dining halls each have an online menu, complete with nutrition and common allergen information. To better enable sick students to stay quarantined and comfortable, get-well meal kits are readily available and stocked with non-perishable food items and drinks.

The full ranking can be viewed online at College Rank ( began in 2014 with a mission to help potential and current students navigate the labyrinth of higher education choices in the United States.

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