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Win dinner for two at Chuck & Augie’s!

He’s a sweet guy and loves to serve. What should his name be?
Stop by Chuck and Augie’s and drop a name in the pumpkin.
No purchase necessary.

Enter as many times as you wish by October 28th.\

Must stop by in person. Fill out paperwork with name, phone, and or email.
One lucky winner wins Gift Certificate for $35.

 

Show Up and Show Off at The Beanery Cafe

Are you looking for a stage on which to perform, play music, read poetry, etc? The Beanery Cafe, located in the Benton Museum, will offer “open mic” every Tuesday from 4:00pm – 7:30pm. No need to register, just show up and show off! For information contact ethan.haggerty@uconn.edu

We have moved!!!!

All UConn Dining Services’ main offices have moved to Towers on the first floor of the Wade complex. The new address is 3384 Towers Loop Rd., U-4071. Office hours will remain the same, Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm., with telephone access from 5:00pm – 7:00pm Monday – Friday. All phone numbers will stay the same as well.

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NACUFS 2017 Loyal E. Horton Dining Award

We entered Putnam into the 2017 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards and won Bronze!

Collegiate food service is a demanding profession worthy of recognition. In college and university culinary arts, the ultimate professional tribute is a NACUFS Loyal E. Horton Dining Award.

Named for a NACUFS founder, past president and highly regarded innovator, the Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards celebrate exemplary menus, presentations, special event planning, and new dining concepts, and provide an avenue for sharing ideas and creative presentations in campus dining services.

Enjoy this award winning dining hall!

NACUFS Gold Medal Award – Best Local Foods Recipe

We have won GOLD!

NACUFS – National Association of College & University Food Services Best Local Foods Recipe Contest.

Bibimbap Steak and Egg Burrito

The Bibimbap Steak and Egg Burrito, was served at our “Food for Thought” Food Truck on campus. We wanted students to experience an item with authentic Korean flavors, but made with local ingredients. Though usually served in a bowl, this hand-held version of Bibimbap is easy to eat while walking across campus. This was a special for a short period and will be available again next fall.

The local ingredients include:

The Beef Shoulder Tender used in our recipe is raised 40 miles from campus at a family owned farm, Four Mile Rive Farm http://fourmileriverfarm.com/. They produce grass fed, antibiotic and hormone free Angus, Hereford and Charolais steer.

Asian Pears: Lyman Orchards, Middlefield, CT, located about 30 miles from campus specializing in producing over seven varieties of pears. http://lymanorchards.com/.

UConn Eggs: UConn Poultry Farm on campus. http://animalscience.uconn.edu/poultry/poultryFarm.php

UConn Honey: Apiaries on campus. http://dining.uconn.edu/apiaries/

Garlic, Spinach, Carrots and Onions: Spring Valley Student Farm, our student run farm on campus. http://springvalleyfarm.blogspot.com/. UConn students who are members of the Eco House Living and Learning Community can opt to live on Spring Valley Student Farm, where they learn about organic farming during their time enrolled at UConn.

Shitake Mushrooms: Chatfield Hollow Farm, Killingworth, CT, located about 35 miles from campus. http://www.chatfieldfarm.com/

 

Freshens 5 Year Anniversary!

Freshens 5 Year Anniversary came with an award! After only 5 years with UConn, our Freshens in the Student Union, has the 2nd highest number of sales of colleges in the U.S. Over 700,000 shakes have been sold in just 5 years! They have also made a large donation in our name to The Fisher House! A charity for US Military Men and Woman. Thank you UConn and Thank you Freshens!

Environmental Leadership Awards

The Environmental Leadership Awards (ELAs) presented by UConn’s Office of Environmental Policy, were created as a way to honor those individuals that have truly excelled in their efforts to contribute to environmental awareness and promote progress in our ‘green’ efforts. These individuals have worked with other groups to make real, immediate improvements in the sustainability of our campus and beyond.

A winner is selected for each of the major categories: Undergraduate Student, Graduate Student, University Faculty/Administrator, and Staff. There are also ELA awards given to UConn-Affiliated Groups (e.g., Clubs, Organizations, Centers or Institutes), Alumni, and Special Recognition/External groups and individuals who have made significant contributions in executing major projects and initiatives for the University of Connecticut.

Presenting the awards was Dr. Gene Likens, UConn’s Special Advisor to the President on Environmental Affairs and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Dr. Likens, a world renowned scientist, discovered acid rain.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Dining Services Wins the Staff Group Award

Dining Services staff: Rob Landolphi, Mike White, Tracey Roy and presenter Dr. Gene Likens

 

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Dining Services’ Spring Valley Student Farm Wins the Student Group Award

 

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Julia Cartabiano, Manager of Spring Valley Student Farm, Wins the Staff Award

 

Theodore W. Minah Distinguished Service Award

NACUFS has named Dennis Pierce from the University of Connecticut as the recipient of the 2016 Theodore W. Minah Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest individual honor.

Originally established in 1967 as the Distinguished Service Award, the award was renamed in 1973 to honor the first recipient, Theodore W. Minah. The award is presented annually in recognition of exemplary and enduring contributions to the foodservice industry and to the association. The NACUFS board of directors and council of past presidents select the recipient from among nominations submitted by the NACUFS membership.

“This year’s recipient is a person who has demonstrated his passion for the industry, NACUFS, institution, family, and community,” said Leonard Hodgson, a past president of NACUFS. “At every step in his organization, he is providing programs for the staff to be the best at their job.” It was also said that Dennis lives the philosophy of It matters not what I achieve, but what I aspire for others.

Pierce’s 42 years of professional achievements include establishing a highly-respected sustainability program, implementing a trayless dining environment, earning a Gold LEED certification after renovating an existing dining facility, contributing a monthly column for The Ground Up, receiving two Connecticut Journalism awards, making award-winning recipes, and co-managing a weekly sustainable organic Storrs Farmers Market.

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Dennis Pierce has given many years of service to NACUFS. He served as the national publications officer, board member, board president, national conference co-chair, northeast regional conference co-chair, and national conference education co-chair. Pierce says of his award, “I am honored to be recognized by my peers by being awarded the most prestigious award that NACUFS bestows. I am one who believes that although it is the individual who receives the award, it is shared with those individuals who saw potential in me, provided opportunities for growth, and encouraged my career and participation in an outstanding association, NACUFS.”

Pierce received the award on Wednesday, July 14 at the NACUFS 2016 National Conference in Anaheim, California.

Gold Medal Best Vegan Recipe

UConn Dining Services has won the Gold Award for the Best Vegan Recipe in the 2016 Nutrition Awards contest.

Vegan Crab Cakes

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UConn will be recognized during the Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards Luncheon, taking place on Saturday July 16 at 1pm in Anaheim, CA.

 

MyUConn App

New and Improved MyUConn Mobile App

UITS has launched a revamped version of myUConn, the university’s mobile app and a connection to campus and course information.

The new myUConn app, powered by Kurogo, focuses on enhancing the mobile experience:

  • It works on any size Android and iOS device. You can download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  • For other types of phones and tablets, you can access the same functionality on the mobile site:  https://my.uconn.edu/
  • Current myUConn HD iPad/Andriod tablet users are encouraged to remove their existing app and download this release of myUConn.

This version of the myUConn app also includes a new maintenance module, which integrates with Facilities Operations’ IT systems. With this new module, you can notify Facilities Operations of maintenance and repair items in dorms and around campus. With intelligent location services included in the module, you can pinpoint the problem, even if you are unsure of the exact site.

More modules as well as improved features are coming. You can learn more at http://mobile.uconn.edu

For more information, contact: Mobile Team at mobiledev@uconn.edu