February 25, 2024

Dining Seeks Volunteers for Cram Jam

University Dining is seeking volunteer servers for their free Ice Cream Sundae “Cram Jam” event being offered to all UMW students on Monday, April 25, from 9 to 10:30 p.m. at the Top of the UC. The free “Cram Jam” events are offered every semester on the first night of exams by the dining team as a way to help students de-stress.

The theme for this semester’s event is 1950’s rock & roll! Volunteers will be scooping ice cream and serving French toast sticks to the students. They are asked to arrive at 8:45 p.m. and serve until 10:30 p.m. Dress is casual. Anyone interested in joining in the fun should e-mail Rose Benedict at rbenedic@umw.edu.

Summer Dining Hours

Campus Dining has resumed dining services at the Top of the University Center. Meals will be served Monday through Friday as follows: Breakfast 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Dinner 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. While menu options are scaled back for the summer, allergen-free selections and vegan or vegetarian entrees will still be offered at lunch and dinner.

For additional information on summer dining options, please contact Rose Benedict, Campus Dining Marketing Manager, at 540-654-2169 or rbenedic@umw.edu.

Dining Closing for Holiday

The Top of the UC will be closed on Thursday and Friday of next week (July 4th and 5th) for the Independence Day holiday. Summer dining hours will resume on Monday, July 8th. For additional information, please contact Rose Benedict at 540-654-2169 or e-mail dining@umw.edu.

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.

Commencement Day Dining

Breakfast Options: On Commencement day (Saturday, May 11), Campus Dining will be offering “Grab & Go” breakfast items from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Qdoba dining area of the University Center.  Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and bottled water, juice and sodas will be available along with bagels, pastries, muffins, hot breakfast sandwiches and other snacks.

There will be four serving lines to help expedite service: (1) Express Drinks Line, accepting cash payments only; (2) Express Drinks and Pastry Line, accepting cash payments only; (3) Full menu accepting cash and credit; and (4) Full menu plus smoothies, accepting cash and credit.

Commencement Luncheon: A buffet lunch featuring hot Southern Fried Chicken, Mac & Cheese, a Vegetable & Quinoa Casserole, plus a variety of salads and desserts will be served from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Chandler Ballroom of the University Center.  Members of the UMW faculty and staff who have received e-mail tickets are asked to bring print-outs of the tickets with them to the luncheon.  If you do not have a hard copy of your ticket you will be asked to show your e-mail on your smart phone to the buffet hosts.

Anyone wishing to bring friends or family members to the luncheon will need to purchase tickets for them at the “Will Call” desk located in the second floor lobby of the University Center.  Tickets will be available for purchase on Saturday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. at a cost of $13.75 plus tax for adults and $7.50 plus tax for children aged eleven or under. For additional information contact Rose Benedict at 540-654-2169 or rbenedic@umw.edu.

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.