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Event Management, Dining, and Hospitality

  • Event Management, Dining, and Hospitality (EMDH) combined responsibilities of the Bone Student Center and Campus Dining Services in the fall of 2016. As a result, EMDH became the largest department on campus employing roughly 1,300 full time and student staff members.
  • The newly completed Culinary Support Center (CSC) provides a centralized food production facility for the entire campus. The CSC allows EMDH to enhance food quality, expand menu options, improve food safety, and provide opportunities for student engagement.
  • Watterson Dining Commons continues to offer “Gluten Friendly Flavors,” a venue designed to accommodate the needs of students with gluten sensitivities and other food allergies. While EMDH has many options for students with special dietary needs at other venues, extra precautions are taken during food preparation and serving at “Gluten Friendly Flavors.”
  • The Bone Student Center Revitalization continues to progress with three primary objectives – excite and attract students to the building, create a front door to campus, and offer a more open concept with a light and transparent design.
  • The Bone Student Center hosted more than 3,100 events during the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • In its thirteenth year, the Fear the Bird Shirt initiative continues to promote school spirit and tradition throughout the campus community and beyond, with more than 55,000 shirts in circulation.
  • EMDH works collaboratively with students to expand vegan, vegetarian, and plant-based menu options by hosting a Vegetarian Advisory Board meeting each semester.
  • The EMDH Advocacy and Leadership Council (ALC) brings student employees together to provide leadership opportunities and gather feedback related to student employment.
  • EMDH continues to expand its training program for student employees and currently offers  sessions focused on customer service, communication, leadership, and diversity, equity, and inclusion for roughly 800 employees.
  • EMDH Elevate was implemented as an engagement initiative to help the department fully invest in student employees, foster development, and strengthen the overall employment experience, reaching more than 200 students during the two pilot phase.