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Feb. 7, 2013
Students attending Northwest Missouri State University will soon have an array of new menu choices – including national brands, such as Starbucks coffee, Einstein Bros bagels and Chick-fil-A – along with added conveniences when placing orders and expanded hours to satisfy every student’s craving.
Students returning to campus in the fall will be greeted by remodeled dining areas in the J.W. Jones Student Union as well as The Station and the B.D. Owens Library. The enhancements to Northwest’s dining services are part of a new five-year contract with Philadelphia-based Aramark that was unanimously approved by the University’s Board of Regents February 1, 2013.
In addition to building on wellness and sustainability initiatives, Northwest leaders say the improvements – combined with other enhancements such as a complete upgrade of the campus’s wireless network – demonstrate the University’s continuing emphasis on student success and listening to the student voice.
“We are extremely excited about the dining changes coming to Northwest this fall,” Northwest Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Matt Baker said. “Our students are our focus, and these changes address feedback and suggestions we’ve gained from them. The enhancements to our dining services and facilities will help create a more dynamic and energetic dining program that is aesthetically pleasing and meets student demand for nationally recognized brands.”
Added Tina Lankas of Aramark and Northwest Campus Dining, “Aramark is proud to continue our partnership with Northwest. We look forward to further enhancing the living and learning environments on campus with the addition of national brands and residential dining concepts that will better serve the entire campus community.”
The new menu choices will provide more variety and value as well as healthy options. Students will benefit from a comprehensive health and wellness program with impacts on menu development and recipes, while offering an array of fruits and vegetables, expert advice and nutritional information.
Enhancing its emphasis on sustainability, Northwest Campus Dining also will maintain its practices of recycling and composting and using local producers with the addition of an on-campus farmers market.
The remodeled Bearcat Food Court, located on the first floor of the Student Union, will feature a new “residential” dining area with a Mediterranean kitchen offering hearth baked pizza and zesty pasta dishes, produce market and deli, an all-American grill, Tex Mex cuisine, fresh bakery and exhibition stations as well as a Mongolian grill. Students will notice digital menu boards, enhanced signage and improved seating areas with an emphasis on sustainability, including access to reusable “green” containers, and laptop charging areas. The residential dining area will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. seven days a week.
On the Student Union’s second floor, the areas that currently house The Runt, Papa John’s Pizza and Java City will be remodeled and replaced with a retail dining area consisting of Einstein Bros, Red Mango, Chick-fil-A, Zen Asian Cuisine and Provisions on Demand (P.O.D.) convenience options. Students will be able to use new smartphone and online ordering options.
Papa John’s will move to The Station and begin offering on-campus delivery. The Station will also feature a P.O.D. convenience store.
Starbucks will occupy a portion of the library – providing students with coffee, specialty drinks and bakery items. Enhanced vending areas also will be located in the Garrett-Strong Science Building, Colden Hall and Valk Center.
New meal plan options for residential students will include a five-day and all-access meal plan options, optimizing consumer flexibility, choice and convenience. In addition to the residential meal plan options, commuter students and Northwest employees may choose from block plans offering increments of 25 meals per trimester or maintain an inclining balance. More information will be available soon about these new plans on the Northwest Campus Dining website.
While Northwest students are sure to benefit from the enhanced dining plan, Northwest also expects to increase revenues over the term of the contract that will help the University support its programs and services. The remodel will be funded by prepaid commissions from Aramark.
Construction is expected to begin when the spring trimester ends in early May with a projected completion date of Aug. 9. The remodeling project is the most extensive at the Student Union since the building underwent a complete renovation during the 1998-1999 academic year.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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