New Dining Services
Ralph Scherini, associate vice president for business services, announces the new dining offerings and venues that will be provided by ARAMARK, CUA's new dining services provider. He also explains the new dining plans that will be available to students, faculty and staff.
The new dining program is called Anytime Dining. It impacts the ability of students to support themselves and was instituted in direct response to their needs and desires. Anytime Dining is designed to allow students to eat on their schedule as opposed to the restaurant’s schedule. Combined with a significant expansion of operating hours, Anytime Dining becomes a powerful nutritional and social program.
Beginning Sunday, Aug. 27, the Student Restaurant will be open until midnight throughout the week and until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Students will be able to enter the restaurant as many times as they wish. In addition, a limited takeout option will be available to accommodate those students who wish to "grab and go." Anytime Dining replaces the 21- and 15-meal plans, which have been discontinued. The 100- and 175-block plans are still available for non-mandatory students to use on a meal-by-meal basis.
Here’s an example of what Anytime Dining allows: Students can have cereal at 10 a.m., eat lunch at 1:30 p.m., snack on an apple after their last class, eat dinner at 8:30 p.m. after their workout or team practice and take a study break at 11 p.m. for an omelette. On weekends, students can meet friends for mid-morning coffee, eat dinner before going out to the movies and grab a pizza on the way back to their residence hall.
Under the new contract, the venues in the Student Restaurant have been modified to increase the quality, freshness and healthiness of dining options. New features include a robust vegetarian/vegan menu, theme meals, exhibition cooking, the availability of fresh sushi, a Chipotle Mexican station, rotating menus from around the globe, a station that offers a culinary twist on old American favorites, new pizza and pasta creations, freshly baked breads and desserts and a large salad bar.
A new series of faculty and staff dining plans also have been instituted under the new contract. Now available are small block plans that enable faculty and staff to dine in the Student Restaurant at significant discounts (from $4 to $5 per entry). These plans do not expire; they roll over each semester. They will be available by mid-September.
Under the new contract, the following dining venues will open this academic year:
Leahy Hall Coffee Kiosk (lobby; opens September)
Pangborn Cyber Café (lower level, opens October)
Cardinal (Sports) Concessions (trailer area, opens October)
On-Campus Pizza Delivery (opens October 2007)
Quiznos (Food Court, opens January 2007)
Starbucks @ the Pryz (“Fishbowl” opens January 2007)
For more information or to sign up for the new faculty/staff block plans, visit the dining services Web site at http://dining.cua.edu.
Pryzbyla Center Hours of Operation
University Center, Student Programs and Events has announced the Pryzbyla Center operating hours for the fall semester:
Sunday through Thursday: 7 a.m. to midnight
Friday and Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
For more information, contact Tim Gregory, associate director for operations, at email@example.com.
Dell Battery Recall
The Center for Planning and Information Technology advises the university community that Dell Computer recently announced a major battery recall. Individuals who operate a Dell notebook computer may be affected and are advised to inspect their current batteries. Dell states: "Under rare conditions, it is possible for these batteries to overheat, which could pose a risk of fire." To determine whether a battery has been affected by the recall and, if so, to order a free replacement battery from Dell, visit http://www.dellbatteryprogram.com.
Dell also warns, "Batteries subject to recall should not be used while awaiting a replacement battery pack from Dell. You may continue to use your notebook computer using the AC adapter power cord originally provided with your notebook." For more information, visit http://computing.cua.edu or contact Betsy Ramsey, director of information technology, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking Permits Available
The Department of Public Safety announces that faculty and staff parking permits for the 2006-2007 academic year are now available for purchase.
Employees are encouraged to use payroll deduction for vehicle registration; this reduces the cost of administrating the parking program. Part-time benefit-eligible employees who will be employed with the university for a full academic semester may be eligible for payroll deduction; eligibility will be determined at the time of registration. Employees choosing not to utilize payroll deduction or who are not eligible to participate may pay for permits with cash, check or credit card (VISA, MasterCard or Discover).
Faculty and staff wishing to purchase parking permits must appear in person at the Campus Transportation Management Office, located in 121 Leahy Hall, and present a valid CUA ID and vehicle registration. Persons registering vehicles will be issued one hangtag permit. Registrants who use more than one vehicle for commuting purposes must transfer the permit between vehicles. Faculty permits are available to full-time faculty members, as determined by the Office of the Provost. For more information, contact Sharron Faulkner at 202-319-6064.
Nominations Sought for Cardinal Ambassadors
The Office of Enrollment Management invites CUA faculty and staff to nominate undergraduate students to be Cardinal Ambassadors. According to Kristin Lamontagne, assistant director of admissions, Cardinal Ambassadors are campus leaders and have an important role to play. The biggest influence on students' college enrollment decisions is the campus tour. Cardinal Ambassadors assist the admissions office with daily tours and special events.
Faculty and staff members wishing to nominate a student they consider outgoing, personable and energetic should e-mail their nominations to Lamontagne at email@example.com.
Water Aerobics and Swim Classes
The Department of Athletics announces it will offer water aerobics and swim classes to interested CUA faculty and staff.
Three eight-week water aerobics classes will be offered: low-impact, mid-impact and high-impact. Each class will meet twice a week, beginning Sept. 11. Cost is $140 per class.
Swim classes will be divided into four levels, based on degree of difficulty. Two sessions will be offered. Session I runs from Sept. 11 to Oct. 5, and Session II runs from Oct. 16 to Nov. 9. Each class meets twice a week and costs $70. Private swim lessons also are available upon request.
Registration for all classes must be made in person on Tuesday, Sept. 5, or Wednesday, Sept. 6, between noon and 4 p.m in the DuFour Center Pool area. Telephone and e-mail requests will not be taken. All classes will begin at or after 4 p.m., last approximately one hour and take place in the DuFour Center Pool. For more information, contact Paul Vanlieshout, director of aquatics, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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