With a need for more housing on the University Park campus of Penn State University, a decision was made to convert Simmons Dining Hall to living space. To continue to meet the dining needs of students who used Simmons and those in the new housing, when they arrive on campus for the fall semester they will find a newly renovated Pollock Dining Commons.
“The old Pollock dining hall had the physical size to handle 1,200 more students, but the servery and setup and style of service would not have accommodated additional students,” said Lisa Wandel, director of residential dining. “It was a great time with Simmons closing for us to renovate Pollock, build it in a new style of service, where they could accommodate more students, quicker service, more points of service, trendier, things that they wanted to see versus what was okay back in 1991 or 92, when it was last renovated.”
The role of the campus dietitian has changed greatly in the more than 25 years that Rick Thomas, Executive Director of Norris Center and Student Services for Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., has been in higher education.
“Many years ago, it was all about recipes and the food pyramid,” he said. “It was a lot less about individualized customer service. Today's campus dietitian has to be part scientist, part counselor, part teacher and I would go as far as to say part flight attendant in that they are really providing hands-on, frontline service today to our end consumer — the students. Twenty-five years ago, I suspect the campus dietitian spent their time in an office, not necessarily sitting down with students all that directly, but more simply working with the chefs to run the recipes and develop the nutritional information.”
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