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March 22, 2013
What are the benefits of the All-Access meal plans vs. current declining balance plans? All-Access meal plans will provide flexibility, convenience and unlimited access to the residential dining center in the Student Union. Instead of paying a la carte or using a meal “swipe” for two or three meals each day, the All-Access meal plans allow students to swipe and enter the residential dining center whenever they choose. You’ll make new friends over pizza or meet your study group in the evening for ice cream. Or, students can bring their laptops and surf the net using Northwest’s upgraded wireless internet. Best of all, the All-Access meal plans give you monster discounts over paying cash. Make friends, study, hang out, surf the net, eat whatever, whenever.
How much will All-Access meal plans cost? Northwest will offer four types of All-Access plans. The Silver Base plan costs $1,597 and allows access to the residential dining center seven days a week. The Gold plan costs $1,747 and allows access seven days a week with $150 in dining dollars and five guest meal passes, while the Platinum plan costs $1,897 and allows access seven days a week with $300 in dining dollars and eight guest meal passes. Students also may choose a 5-Day plan, which costs $1,347 and allows access to the residential dining center Monday through Friday only.
What is the difference between a five-day and seven-day All-Access meal plan? The seven-day All-Access plan allows access to the Student Union residential dining center every day of the week. The five-day All-Access plan allows access to the residential dining center Monday through Friday only.
Can commuter students purchase an All-Access meal plan? Yes, All-Access meal plans are available for purchase to all students. Additionally, three block plans are available to commuter students and employees for purchase. Those plans and their costs are: Block 75 (75 meals, $337.50), Block 50 (50 meals, $250) and Block 25 (25 meals $137.50).
Will inclining plans still be available? Yes, inclining balance plans will still be available to all students living off campus and employees. Upperclassmen living on campus are required to have an All-Access residential plan with the exception of Forest Village Apartment residents who can purchase an All-Access residential plan, block plan or use an inclining balance plan.
How can I use the Dining Dollars that come with the All-Access plans? Both the Gold and Platinum All-Access plans come with Dining Dollars, which can be used at any campus retail location, including Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Einstein Bros., Zen Asian, Red Mango, Papa John’s (including on-campus delivery) and any vending machines across campus, plus Provisions on Demand (P.O.D.) convenience stores. The amount of Dining Dollars included in a student’s plan varies, depending on the plan chosen. If a student runs out of Dining Dollars, he or she can add more in increments of $25. Dining Dollars will roll-over as long as the individual is a student at Northwest. Students are encouraged to watch for Dining Dollar promotions throughout the year.
Do the Dining Dollars roll over to the next trimester? Yes, Dining Dollars on the All-Access Plans roll-over each trimester as long as you are enrolled as a student at Northwest.
Can I use Dining Dollars on the All-Access plans for Domino’s and Pizza Hut? No, residential All-Access meal plan Dining Dollars may no longer be used for Domino’s and Pizza Hut delivery, but these vendors will accept other forms of payment including inclining balance. However, a commuter who purchases either an All-Access plan or block plan and has Dining Dollars can use the Dining Dollars for Domino’s and Pizza Hut.
Can I use my meal swipe at any of the other dining locations? All retail locations will accept one meal swipe per week for a pre-determined combo meal in addition to accepting Dining Dollars.
Northwest Missouri State University Campus Dining is being transformed over the summer and will offer several exciting new options when students return for the fall, including all new meal plans that will provide students more flexibility and convenience than ever before.
The changes are highlighted by a new residential dining center, known as Bearcat Commons, on the lower level of the J.W. Jones Student Union, featuring a Mediterranean kitchen with 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 enjoy digital menu boards, enhanced signage and improved seating areas with an emphasis on sustainability, including reusable “green” containers and laptop charging areas.
The new menu choices provide more variety and value as well as healthy options. Students will benefit from a comprehensive health and wellness program, which will impact menu development and recipes while offering an array of fruits and vegetables, expert advice and nutritional information. Students are encouraged to meet with Northwest’s on-site registered dietitian at any time for dietary information and counseling.
The Student Union’s second floor location also will offer a new retail dining area consisting of Einstein Bros. bagels and specialty coffee, Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches and Zen Asian cuisine, including sushi. In addition, the location will offer Provisions on Demand (P.O.D.) convenience options and self-serve Red Mango frozen yogurt.
Options for students do not end after leaving the Student Union. Students can also visit The Station, centrally located among Northwest’s high-rise residence halls, which houses our Provisions on Demand (P.O.D.) Market convenience store. The Station also will be the new home to Papa John’s, which will begin offering on-campus delivery, and students may use new Smartphone and online ordering options. Another smaller convenience store will be available for apartment residents in Forest Village.
An exciting addition to the B.D. Owens Library will be Starbucks, 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.
Students also will have more flexibility with the new All-Access meal plans, giving them access to the new residential dining center in the Student Union any time of day or night from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m., seven days a week. The All-Access plans enable students to graze or snack throughout the day, which can improve personal energy levels and optimize choice and convenience, with no need to count the number of meals they have left on their meal plan.
For all students, Northwest will offer four types of All-Access plans. Two plans include Dining Dollars that can be used for purchases at new retail dining locations. Costs of the plans are per trimester and are as follows:
Additionally, three block plans will be offered to commuter students and employees for purchase. Those plans and their costs are:
Northwest announced the transformation of its Dining Services options and menus in February as part of a new five-year contract with Philadelphia-based Aramark. In addition to building on wellness and sustainability initiatives, 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.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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