April 25, 2019

Volunteers Needed for Exam Cram Breakfast

Campus Dining will be hosting “Exam Cram,” a free late-night breakfast for all UMW students on Monday, April 29th from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Over 700 students are expected to attend and volunteer servers are greatly needed. The event is very casual and lots of fun. Volunteers get free breakfast, too!

Volunteers are asked to arrive at 9:45 p.m. and serve until about 11 p.m. Anyone interested in participating should contact Rose Benedict at rbenedic@umw.edu or 540-654-2169.

Free Health & Wellness Fair, March 20

UMW's Health & Wellness Fair will be held March 20.

UMW’s Health & Wellness Fair will be held March 20.

Campus Dining and the UMW Department of Human Resources are again co-sponsoring a free Health & Wellness Fair that is open to our campus and Fredericksburg communities.  The fair will be held on Wednesday, March 20, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the University Center.  The fair has grown so large that this year the vendors will be in the Chandler Ballroom and also on the second floor of the UC.

As in previous years, there will be representatives from area health care professionals; dance, fitness and athletic groups; massage therapists; vision and dental practices; senior care providers; food and beverage companies; and a multitude of support groups.  There will also be representatives present from our UMW partner financial and benefit planning institutions.

Free blood pressure and cholesterol checks, neck massages, and healthy beverage and snack samples will be available throughout the fair. There will be door prize drawings held every half hour beginning at 3:45 p.m. and continuing through 5:45 p.m. in the Chandler Ballroom.  Guests are asked to stop by the welcome desk in Chandler Ballroom first in order to pick up your door prize entry forms and guide on how to enter the drawings.

For additional information contact Rose Benedict in Campus Dining at 540-654-2169 or e-mail her at rbenedic@umw.edu.

Are You a UMWFoodie?

Erin Wysong, UMW References and Sciences Librarian, became a UMWFoodie during it’s “grand opening” promotion and won an Amazon Fire 7 tablet! Campus Dining created this new text messaging group in January in order to provide UMW students, faculty and staff with timely and valuable information about dining services.

UMWFoodies will be the first to know about free food sampling events, dining discounts, special events, and changes to Campus Dining operational hours due to dangerous weather conditions.  Rose Benedict, Campus Dining Marketing Manager, will be the only person sending out messages via this new group, and she promises that messages will be limited to once or twice a week. The only exceptions to that would be when bad weather necessitated multiple changes in dining operational hours.

Did you know that Campus Dining gave out free food samples twice this month and that another sampling is scheduled for next week? UMWFoodies learn about these and other special events and offers!  To join simply text “UMWFoodies” to 82257, then reply “yes” to the confirmation text.  For more information contact Rose Benedict at rbenedic@UMW.edu.

New Mediterranean Menu at Underground Cafe

This week the Underground Cafe rolled out a new Mediterranean menu featuring “Build Your Own” entrees with Beef, Chicken, Veggie or Falafel Kabobs along with a wide array of salads, appetizers and sides.  The menu will still include Red Pepper Gouda Soup on Wednesdays, as well as fruit and yogurt smoothies and assorted desserts daily.  Blackstone coffee has now been added to the menu, and beer on tap is available after 5 p.m.

Campus Dining invites UMW faculty, staff, and students to stop in for some free samples of the new Mediterranean dishes between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, December 7th.  For more information contact Rose Benedict at 540-654-2169.

Holiday Luncheon for Faculty, Staff

Campus Dining will host their annual Winter Holiday Dinner for Faculty and Staff on Thursday, December 6th in the Maple Salon at the Top of the University Center. The menu will include Roast Turkey, Apple Stuffed Pork Loin and a host of sides and holiday desserts. Service will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For additional information contact Campus Dining at Dining@UMW.edu or call 540-654-2169.

Volunteers Needed for Holiday Dining Events

Campus Dining is looking for volunteers to help serve the Winter Holiday Dinner for students on Wednesday, December 5th.  Volunteers are asked to serve for one hour beginning at 4:45, 5:45 or 6:45 p.m., and all volunteers will receive their dinner free in thanks for their service.  Spouses and older children are also welcome to help serve!

The dinner menu includes Steamship Round of Beef, Smoked Salmon, Apple Stuffed Pork Loin, Roast Turkey with all the trimmings, Vegan Buffet with Faux Ham and Tofurkey, assorted holiday cakes and pies, a hot chocolate station and a holiday cookie decorating station.

Volunteers are also needed for the “Cram Jam” event on Monday, December 10th.  To help UMW students get energized for final exams, Campus Dining will be providing free tacos for all UMW students between 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. at the Top of the UC.  Volunteers are asked to serve between 10:45 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. and in addition to getting free tacos that night volunteers will also be given a ticket for a free meal at the Top of the UC at a later time that week.

Anyone wishing to volunteer for one or both of these events should contact Campus Dining at Dining@UMW.edu or call Rose Benedict at 540-654-2169.


Thanksgiving Lunch for Faculty and Staff Nov. 15

Campus Dining will host a Thanksgiving lunch for UMW faculty and staff on Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Maple Salon at the Top of the UC.  The menu will include classic roast turkey, baked ham, candied sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and more!  The cost for current members of the faculty and staff is still just $6.  The cost for other guests is $9.45 plus tax.

For additional information, contact Campus Dining at 540-654-2165 or Dining@umw.edu.

Food Drives Benefit Regional Food Bank

The UMW community will be collecting food  and other items to benefit the Fredericksburg Regional Food Drive.

The Thanksgiving Food Drive, sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council, began Oct. 22 and will run through Nov. 8. You can drop off donations at the following locations:

  • Lee Hall, cashier’s office, 2nd floor
  • Eagle Landing, Suite 480
  • GW Hall, Room 204
  • Fitness Center
  • University Center, Suite 206
  • Stafford Campus, South Building, Admissions Suite

The annual Stop Hunger Food Drive, sponsored by Sodexo, Campus Dining and the UMW athletes will kick-off on Monday, October 29.  Donation bins will be placed in all campus dining locations, Simpson Library, and the UMW Bookstore, which will give a 15 percent discount on one insignia item to customers who make food donations at the time of their purchases.

UMW athletes will be collecting donations outside the Giant food store in Eagle Village October 29 and 30 as well as November 1 and 2 between 10 a.m. and noon, and also on Saturday, November 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Food and monetary contributions will be accepted by the athletes and cashiers at the Top of the UC.

When making food donations, please make sure the items are within their expiration dates and that cans are not dented.  The items most needed by the food bank include the following:

  • Canned meat (tuna and chicken)
  • Canned fruit in light syrup or juice
  • Canned vegetables, low sodium or no sodium
  • Pasta and sauce (no glass jars, please)
  • Boxed meals
  • Pancake mix
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Dehydrated milk
  • Brown or white rice
  • Cornbread mix
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Instant potatoes
  • Canned and dry beans
  • Hot and cold cereals

The following personal care items are also needed:

  • Bar soap
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving cream
  • Diapers
  • Toilet paper
  • Tissues

For more information about the Stop Hunger Food Drive, please contact Campus Dining Marketing Manager Rose Benedict at rbenedic@umw.edu or 540-654-2169.


New Campus Dining Features Include Sushi, Paper Straws

Campus Dining has several new features for Fall 2018.  Hissho Sushi opened at the Eagle’s Nest this week to rave reviews.  They make sushi fresh each day, package it and put it in the Market for guests to “grab & go”.  Their menu features over two dozen items, from California Rolls to Seaweed Salads and Crunchy Shrimp Rolls.  Sushi is available Monday-Thursday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Fridays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The Underground underwent a transformation this summer and is now the Underground Cafe.  UMW students took on the role of managing the eatery and came up with a new menu and new serving hours.  The new menu includes chicken nuggets with a variety of sauce options, jalapeno poppers, deli sandwiches, entree salads and soups.  The Underground Cafe is now open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., so members of the faculty and staff can stop in for lunch.  It is also open on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. and is closed on Saturdays.

Sustainability is a high priority with Campus Dining, so they are offering a special “Choose To Reuse” mug promotion.  When you bring this mug to Li’l Joe’s, Qdoba, Vocelli, or the Nest Market you’ll get fifty cents off the price of a fountain beverage, regular 12 oz. coffee or hot tea.  The mugs are available for purchase from cashiers at the Top of the UC.  They are regularly priced at $5, but are available now through September 6 for just $2 and include a coupon for a free 12 oz. Starbucks regular coffee at Li’l Joe’s, which is located on the second floor of the University Center.  Li’l Joe’s also has a new menu that includes the full line of Starbucks coffees and fresh-baked bagels with spreads and schmears.

One other sustainability initiative includes the removal of plastic straws from self-serve areas.  They are being replaced with paper straws wherever possible.  Plastic straws will still be available upon request or when purchasing thick beverages, like Jamba Juice smoothies.

For additional information about any Campus Dining options contact Rose Benedict at 540-654-2165 or rbenedic@umw.edu.

Campus Dining Announces Summer Closing

The Top of the UC will end food service for the summer immediately following breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, July 27th.   Service will resume the week of August 13 for early arrivals.

Those serving times will be posted on the Campus Dining web site at UMW.SodexoMyWay.com in early August. For additional information, e-mail Campus Dining at Dining@UMW.edu.