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Whitney Commons in University Business' Dining Halls of Distinction
The dining program at Trine University has been included in the Dining Halls of Distinction recognition program by University Business Magazine. The Dining Halls of Distinction designation denotes excellence in all aspects of dining operations, including atmosphere, service, variety of offerings, guest satisfaction, environmental sustainability, and financial stability.
Bon Appetit executive chef Danial Baird offers a dish from Whitney Commons' Asian grill. Trine's Whitney Commons is featured in University Business Magazine's Dining Halls of Distinction.
Higher education institutions from across the nation submitted their dining programs for consideration, with a total number of 65 entries received. “Competition was strong, but some clear winners did emerge during the judging process,” said Melissa Ezarik, managing editor of University Business. Entries were evaluated by three editors and the magazine’s art director (also a college parent), a recent college grad, a graduate student, and Dr. Neal Raisman, a higher education consultant and former college president. Four main winners and eight runners-up were selected from the entries.
“The judges thought the contemporary black-and-white color scheme chosen for Whitney Commons was just striking. The facility, which is managed by Bon Appetit, offers views of campus on one side and interior views of the university center’s atrium on another. As for the food, nothing says home cooking like preparing actual recipes from students’ homes. One recipe per week from a family is offered, and the program culminates in a contest,” Ezarik said.
“We are proud University Business Magazine has chosen to showcase our Whitney Commons in its Dining Halls of Distinction feature,” said Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II. “When we built our new University Center, we tailored the aesthetics and culinary services of Whitney Commons to the needs of our students. We have received very positive feedback on their dining experience at Trine.”
For a look at all the winners and runners-up, view the October issue of University Business, available in its entirety online at www.universitybusiness.com. Also online are the completed entries and a list of must-have characteristics for campus dining programs.
University Business is a leading magazine of business and technology solutions for higher education, reaching virtually every two- and four-year college in the United States. It is published by Professional Media Group LLC.