Congratulations to all of the graduating seniors at Mizzou! We know that many students are starting a new journey over the next few weeks, and we wish you the best with all of your future endeavors. We really cannot tell you enough how much we appreciate you all.
In the future we hope that you come back to the dining halls and reminisce about all of the great times and relationships (not to mention the wonderful food!) that you enjoyed as a student.
Congratulations to the class of 2013!
Here at Campus Dining Services, we are proud to recognize nine of our student employees as our 2013 Student Employee Scholarship recipients! These students have performed above requirements and expectations in their positions, excelled academically and are involved in many student orgazations and volunteer projects. Congratulations and thank you to our 2013 recipients!
Dominic Key, Student Employee of the Year, received a $1,250 scholarship. Dominic was also nominated to the National Association of College and University Foodservices’ Midwest Regional Student Employee of the Year contest. He was selected as a runner-up and received an additional $500 scholarship.
- Dominic has worked at the Pavilion at Dobbs since October 2010. He was promoted to the position of student supervisor in March 2011 and to student manager in December 2012. Dominic is a senior pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree in English. Dominic routinely assists where needed, filling in when the unit was short a clerical person, picking up extra shifts when the Pavilion team is short-handed or developing new projects. Including employee recognition programs and looking for products that can assist in reducing costs while maintaining quality.
Megan Bennett received a scholarship of $750.
- Megan is a junior and has worked with us at Rollins since December 2011, and is majoring in Chemical Engineering. Her supervisor wrote that Megan’s willingness to learn and master any and every job has impressed me. And that her volunteering has given her the mindset that no job is too small or too large to accomplish. Megan is active with the American Institute for Chemical Engineers and the Society for Women Engineers. She has also maintained a 4.0 GPA and is on the Dean’s Honor Roll.
LeAundra Jefferson received a scholarship of $750.
- LeAundra is a freshman, Business Accounting major and has worked for the Pavilion at Dobbs since August 2012. LeAundra is a member of the Black Business Student Association, the Ernst & Young LEAD program, Residence Hall Government and Marching Mizzou. LeAundra’s supervisor shared the following; she is one of our most dependable employees, always on-time, willingly and cheerfully does whatever is asked. And one her professors noted; she is a very enthusiastic and disciplined student and a very self-motivated learner.
Christina Meador, received a $750 scholarship.
- Christina is a junior studying biochemistry and psychology and plans to continue with medical school after graduation. Christina has worked with the Pavilion at Dobbs since January 2012, and was promoted to a student supervisor position in August 2012. As well as working with CDS Christina is also a STRIPES Volunteer, a student staff member at the RSVP Center, an A Way With Words and Numbers Tutor, active with Marching Mizzou, Athletic Band, Kappa Kappa Psi (national honorary band fraternity), Undergraduate research and Mizzou Outreach. Christina was also on the CAFNR and Arts and Sciences Dean’s Lists for Fall 2012.
Alexander Mossberger received a $750 scholarship.
- Alex is a senior, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked at Student Center Dining since March 2011, was promoted to a student supervisor position in September, 2011, and to a student manager position in August, 2012. Alex has been instrumental in expanding the recycling program at the student center and researched and tested a student scheduling program which was later adopted by the student center, which has streamlined and enhanced the effectiveness of this process. Alex was nominated for the 2013 CDS Student Employee of the Year, is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Hydrogen Car Team.
Jennifer Nordstrom received a $750 scholarship.
- Jenni is a junior, majoring in Dietetics, who has worked in a clerical roll in the Campus Dining Services administrative office since May 2011, and most recently has begun assisting us with nutrition data recording for our Zoutrition software and assisting with the March National Nutrition Month promotions. Prior to working in this position Jenni worked at Plaza 900 as a CSA beginning in August 2010. Jenni has earned a spot on the Dean’s list every semester at Mizzou. Jenni’s supervisor noted that her determination and stamina to persevere are amazing. She is courteous, cooperative, and respectful when offering suggestions.
Kayla Purnell received a $750 scholarship.
- Kayla is a freshman student pursuing a degree in Biology with the hopes of attending medical school. Kayla began working with the team at Rollins in August 2012. At MU she has joined the LBC Gospel Choir and been recognized by the National Residence Hall Honorary for good grades. Kayla’s supervisors share that she is a very dependable worker that is personable, polite and willing to do anything to assist customers.
George Quincy Quagraine received a $750 scholarship.
- Quincy is a senior, Fine Arts-Drawing major, who began working with us in September 2009. He is active with the Chi Alpha Campus ministry, is the event coordinator for the Mizzou Minecraft Community, and active with the Mizzou Electronic Music Organization. Quincy’s supervisor and one of his instructors shared that; Quincy is the whole package; hard-working, intelligent, wonderful personality and developed an excellent relationship with customers and other employees. Quincy also achieved a spot on the Fall 2012 Dean’s List.
Hua “Helen” Zhu received a $750 scholarship.
- Helen is a graduate student Electrical Computer Engineering program, conducting research in the Computer Vision Lab. She has worked with Campus Dining Services as a CSA since October, 2011, and has also worked as a Peer Assistant in the College of Engineering since July 2012. Helen is currently the only international student working at Sabai, so at times assists in interpreting for customers and providing suggestions regarding the authenticity of items offered in this Southeast Asian restaurant. Helen’s supervisor shares that she is an exceptionally motivated and talented team player and an excellent leader. One of her faculty members also noted that the things Helen does, from her high GPA to multiple jobs and research, showcase her extraordinary abilities.
Congratulations once again, and thank you for all of your contributions to Campus Dining Services!
Last Thursday was the annual Iron Chef competition! The event was held in Bengal Lair, and if you were there, you know how great it was. There were four different teams, each with a CDS chef and three students. Their challenge was to complete two dishes, including a dessert, in just 30 minutes with goat cheese as the required ingredient.
The four different teams all turned in some phenomenal dishes, including strawberry bruschetta with a balsamic reduction and Spear’s Goat Farm cheese. Samples of the different cheeses present were available, and every person that attended was able to try all of the dishes. Plus they left with a free t-shirt!
The event was so much fun and a really great way to try a bunch of delicious foods all at once. Thanks to everyone that was able to make it out! We hope you had just as much fun as we did. Lastly, congratulations to Billy Goat and the Three Kids, the winning team!
Last Thursday, Campus Dining Services celebrated Cinco de Mayo a tad early with our Piñata Palooza at the Pavilion at Dobbs. The event was a huge success and, if you were there, you felt like you were on the streets of Mexico!
Piñata Palooza came complete with a live mariachi band, Spanish bingo, a piñata giveaway every 30 minutes and a menu that included fajitas on fresh tortillas, Mexican soda, a massive nacho bar and tres leche torta for dessert. It was vintage Mexican to say the least, and Pavilion at Dobbs was packed all night long. We want to thank everyone that was able to make it out to the event last week!
With the semester coming to an end very soon, so are our major special events. We still have two that you should be excited about, however! Our Global Street Fare dinner, which will be on May 1 at Rollins, Plaza 900 and Pavilion at Dobbs. Lastly, we will be having our famous Late Night Breakfast to help with your late night studying during finals week on May 14, at the same locations. More information about these events will be posted on our Twitter account, which can be followed by clicking here.
Tonight, April 24, is Campus Dining Services official Iron Chef Competition! We will be hosting the event in Bengal Lair, Memorial Union, at 5 p.m. Anyone who attends the event will be able to sample the finished products and leave with a free t-shirt!
The competition will feature 4 groups consisting of three students and one of our chefs. The teams will compete to finish their dish in 30 minutes, and one group will be crowned a winner.
We invite you and your friends to join us tonight at the event! It is sure to be a great time, and a wonderful way to sample some delicious dishes made by your peers and our chefs! We look forward to seeing you all there.