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New campus dining options at Northwest like the produce market and deli above, will provide students, employees and local residents with more choices, flexibility, convenience and value than ever before.

New campus dining options at Northwest like the produce market and deli above, will provide students, employees and local residents with more choices, flexibility, convenience and value than ever before. (University Relations photos)

Aug. 21, 2013

Northwest unveils Campus Dining changes, welcomes public to try new options

The B.D. Owens Library is now home to a Starbucks as part of several new dining options across the Northwest campus this fall.

The B.D. Owens Library is now home to a Starbucks as part of several new dining options across the Northwest campus this fall.

Zen is one of four retail dining locations added to the J.W. Jones Student Union this fall as part of a extensive upgrade of Northwest's dining facilities and meal plans. The upgrades include digital menu boards and All-Access meal plans.

Above, Zen is one of four retail dining locations added to the J.W. Jones Student Union this fall as part of a extensive upgrade of Northwest's dining facilities and meal plans. Below, a new Mongolian grill fills the space formerly known as JW's Grille on the lower level of the Student Union. The upgrades include digital menu boards and All-Access meal plans.

A new Mongolian grill fills the space formerly known as JW's Grille on the lower level of the Student Union.

Frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of the All-Access meal 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.

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 to all students. Additionally, three block plans are available to commuter students and employees. 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 are 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 Resident Dollars or Flex Dollars that come with the All-Access plans? Both the Gold and Platinum All-Access plans come with Resident Dollars, which can be used at any campus retail location, including Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Einstein Bros., Zen, Red Mango, Papa John’s, Provisions on Demand (P.O.D.) convenience stores and any vending machines across campus. Flex Dollars can be used at all retail locations in addition to delivery from Domino’s and Pizza Hut. The amount of Resident or Flex Dollars included in a student’s plan varies, depending on the plan chosen. If a student runs out of Dollars, he or she can add more in increments of $25, and they will roll over as long as the individual is a student at Northwest. You can add more Dollars any time online at nwcampusdining.com or on Facebook at fb.com/nwcampusdining.

Do block meals roll over? No, block meals do not roll over from one trimester to the other. Be sure to use all of your meals by the last day of the trimester.

Can I use my meal swipe at any of the other dining locations? For those students with All-Access plans, retail locations will accept one meal swipe per week for a pre-determined combo meal in addition to accepting Resident of Flex Dollars. Block plan meals may not be used at retail locations.

A fresh look and abundant options are greeting Northwest Missouri State University students, employees and visitors returning to campus this fall after portions of the J.W. Jones Student Union, The Station and the B.D. Owens Library underwent exciting transformations.

The new campus dining locations provide Northwest students and employees as well as local residents with more flexibility, convenience and value than ever before.

“We’re excited about the variety and value these enhancements bring to Northwest students and employees as well as members of the community,” Dr. Matt Baker, Northwest’s vice president of student affairs, said. “We now offer a multitude of dining options across campus that are exciting for not just the people who live, study and work on campus every day. We want local residents to know the Northwest campus is another dining option they can enjoy in the Maryville community.”

 

New dining locations, healthy choices

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 pasta dishes, produce market and deli, an all-American grill, Tex Mex cuisine, fresh bakery and exhibition stations as well as a Mongolian grill. Patrons will enjoy digital menu boards, enhanced signage and improved seating areas with an emphasis on sustainability, including reusable “green” containers.

The Student Union’s second floor location, known as The Jones, features a full suite of retail dining choices consisting of Einstein Bros. Bagels, Chick-fil-A and Zen. In addition, the location will offer Provisions on Demand (P.O.D.) convenience options and self-serve Red Mango frozen yogurt.

The dining options do not end after leaving the Student Union. Patrons also may visit The Station, centrally located among Northwest’s high-rise residence halls, which houses the P.O.D. Market convenience store. The Station also is the new home of Papa John’s, which now offers on-campus delivery. Online ordering options also will be available soon.

At the B.D. Owens Library, Starbucks serves brewed coffee, specialty drinks and gourmet bakery items in the library’s new Novel Grounds area, which features leather seating and an environment that’s perfect for gathering for conversation or work.

Additionally, students may stock up their fridge or grab a snack and beverage at Essentials at Forest Village. Enhanced vending areas also are located in the Garrett-Strong Science Building, Colden Hall and Valk Center.

The new menu choices provide more variety and value as well as healthy options. Students also will benefit from a comprehensive health and wellness program, which impacts menu development and recipes while offering an array of fruits and vegetables, expert advice and nutritional information. Students may meet with Northwest’s on-site registered dietitian at any time for dietary information and counseling.

 

New meal plans

Students, employees and patrons have more flexibility with new meal plans offering access to the new Bearcat Commons on the lower level of the Student Union anytime between 7 a.m. and 1 a.m., seven days a week.

While students have a variety of meal plans to select, Northwest’s campus dining locations aren’t just for them. Bearcat Commons is open to the public for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night meals. All-you-can eat meals may be purchased individually for $6.69 at breakfast, $7.79 for lunch or $8.79 for dinner and late night options.

Northwest also offers Resident Dollars for on-campus students; Flex Dollars may be purchased by commuter students, employees and community members. Resident Dollars may be used at any dining location on campus, including vending machines, concession stands and for Papa John’s on-campus pizza delivery; Flex Dollars may be used at the same locations as Resident Dollars as well as for delivery from Domino’s and Pizza Hut. Resident and Flex Dollars, which may be purchased in $25 increments and roll over from trimester to trimester, can be added to an account any time by visiting nwcampusdining.com or on Facebook at fb.com/nwcampusdining.

For all Northwest students, the University offers four types of All-Access plans. Two of those plans include Resident or Flex Dollars, which can be used for purchases at retail dining locations in The Jones, Starbucks or for pizza delivery. Costs of the plans are per trimester and are as follows:

Additionally, block plans – which provide access to Bearcat Commons for a set number of meals, no matter the hour – are available to commuter students, employees and community members. Those plans and their costs are: 

 

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Open to the public

These new dining choices aren’t just for Northwest students and employees. Northwest invites local residents to visit the campus dining locations any time they are open, whether it’s to grab a coffee and bagel to start the day, pick up a meal on the way home from work or to simply dine out.

To serve local residents visiting campus, Northwest offers free visitor parking spaces adjacent to the Administration Building, within close proximity of the Student Union and Owens Library. Faculty, staff and commuter parking lots also are open to the public from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Visitor parking passes are free and may be requested from the University Police Department in person or via email at police@nwmissouri.edu, or they may be picked up at the Student Services Center on the first floor of the Administration Building.

To view a printable map of parking lots on the Northwest campus, click here.

 

Grand-opening events

The Northwest community, including students, employees and area residents, are encouraged to visit the new dining locations and attend a grand-opening event Thursday, Sept. 19, at Bearcat Commons. 

Patrons also are encouraged to watch for several other grand opening events and specials at other dining locations throughout September.  

Northwest announced the transformation of its Campus Dining 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.

For more information, visit Northwest Campus Dining online at nwcampusdining.com or on Facebook at fb.com/nwcampusdining.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468