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Jan 13 / Dining

January 2020 Faculty and Staff Newsletter

Pay Once, Eat for Months!

Eat smarter with the convenience of a Meal Plan and save. All-you-care-to-eat lunch is $8.75 to pay at the register, but a Block 45 Plan breaks down to only $6.89 per meal! Sign up for yours today on Cashnet.

Upcoming Events

Cupcakes from our Towers Cafe New Year’s celebration on January 8.

Mark your calendars* for the upcoming residential dining hall events below (all 11am-2pm):

  • January 24: Chinese New Year @ Gold ‘n’ Greens
  • February 14: Valentine’s Day Sweet Treats @ Gold ‘n’ Greens and Towers Cafe
  • February 18: Brunch @ Gold ‘n’ Greens
  • February 25: Party Gras @ Towers Cafe

*Dates and events are subject to change. Stay up-to-date on all Dining events by following us on Instagram @dinewaynestate.

Exclusive Deals & Promotions

  • $7 Faculty & Staff Fridays continues through Winter semester! Enjoy all-you-care-to eat lunch with us in Towers Cafe and Gold ‘n’ Greens.
  • Get $1 off a Big Breakfast Burrito with Medium Coffee at Einstein Bros. Bagels, through January 17.
  • Get $1 off a Donut and Medium Hot or Iced Coffee with Sugar-Free Flavor Shot at Dunkin’, January 21-24.
  • January 23 is Thank You Thursday at Wingstop and Freshii! Enjoy $2 off $10 when you show your Faculty or Staff OneCard.
  • The $5 Chalupa Box is back at Taco Bell, which includes a Chalupa Supreme, Nacho Crunch Double Stacked Taco, and a Medium Beverage.

New Year, New You: New Year’s Resolution Healthy Eating Tips

By Megan Ponke, MS, RDN

When the New Year rolls around, New Year’s resolutions often come with it. Setting goals for new and improved behaviors has been a popular trend for years. Resolutions can be big or small, but for most, they tend to center around diet, exercise, and appearance. Going to the gym more, eating a healthier diet, drinking more water, eating less sugar, etc. – all with the end goal of *drum roll* weight loss!

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight, but living a healthy lifestyle means more than just focusing on the number on the scale. And in case you’ve never tried it, changing multiple habits in one day is not easy (and rarely successful long-term). So, what’s a better way to go about setting your personal health goals for the New Year? Here’s a few of my top tips:

  1. Set SMART goals:
    • S- Specific. Set a goal that is clear and specific. Knowing what you want to accomplish, why, and how, is important. Don’t be too specific about your goal weight, though – your weight is just a number. Focus more on how you feel!
    • M- Measurable. Having a measurable goal helps you to track your progress while staying positive and motivated!
    • A- Achievable. Don’t set a goal that’s too large and overwhelming. It needs to be realistic and attainable, otherwise you may experience burnout.
    • R- Relevant. Is it worthwhile? Is it the right time? Does it align with your other goals? Make sure you know why your goal matters to you.
    • T- Time-based.Give yourself a deadline to work toward, while being flexible. This will help you stay focused on your long-term goals. Set small, short-term goals along the way to help yourself reach them.
  2. Find your support group!
    • It’s important to have strong support. You don’t have to do everything alone! Having others to rely on and confide in will help you to reach your personal goals. Work with a friend, a trainer, a therapist, or a Registered Dietitian, depending on your specific goals!
  3. Don’t fall for the fads.
    • Fad diets lurk everywhere, and promise extreme results (“lose ten pounds in five days!”) with limited effort, and lots of money. Drinking detox teas, purchasing expensive supplements, or eliminating an entire food group isn’t the way to go. Fad diets don’t care about your long-term health and well-being. A healthy lifestyle includes movement along with a well-balanced diet.

If you have questions about setting realistic and attainable health goals for the New Year, email us at dining@wayne.edu to make an appointment with the Registered Dietitian! Here is Megan Ponke’s Winter semester schedule:

  • February 5 @ Towers Cafe, 11am-2pm
  • February 6 Office Hours @ Dining Services Office, 10:30am-3pm by appointment
  • March 4 @ Gold ‘n’ Greens, 11am-2pm
  • March 5 Office Hours @ Dining Services Office, 10:30am-3pm by appointment
  • April 2 @ Student Center Food Court, 11am-2pm
  • April 3 Office Hours @ Dining Services Office, 10:30am-3pm by appointment
Jan 13 / Dining

January 2020 Dining Newsletter

Happy New Year, Warriors!

We’ve scheduled some amazing themed lunch menus this semester. Mark your calendars* for the residential dining hall events below (all 11am-2pm):

Cupcakes from our Towers Cafe New Year event on January 8.
  • January 18-19, 25-26: Hot Cocoa Bar @ Towers Cafe
  • January 24: Chinese New Year @ Gold ‘n’ Greens
  • February 2: National Tater Tots Day @ Towers Cafe
  • February 14: Valentine’s Day Sweet Treats @ Gold ‘n’ Greens and Towers Cafe
  • February 18: Brunch @ Gold ‘n’ Greens
  • February 25: Party Gras @ Towers Cafe
  • March 5: Baked Potato Bar @ Gold ‘n’ Greens
  • March 17: St. Patrick’s Day @ Gold ‘n’ Greens and Towers Cafe
  • March 24: Brunch @ Towers Cafe
  • March 30: Always Meatless Monday @ Gold ‘n’ Greens
  • April 1: Warrior Wednesday @ Towers Cafe
  • April 7: Totcho Tuesday @ Towers Cafe
  • April 14: Spring BBQ @ Towers Cafe
  • April 22: Late Night Breakfast @ Towers Cafe

*Dates and events are subject to change. Stay up-to-date on all Dining events by following us on Instagram @dinewaynestate.

Pay Once, Eat for Months!

Eat smarter with the convenience of a Meal Plan and Warrior Dollars. Don’t have a meal plan yet? Here are some reasons why you should sign up today:

  • Meet Friends: The dining halls are the perfect place to talk to someone new.
  • Save Time: On average, it takes 34 minutes to cook a meal. You can use that time to get involved on campus instead.
  • Cut Down on Spending: Meal Plans cost less than going out to eat, and paying for food once allows you to budget for the rest of the semester.
  • Convenience is Key: You can refuel on the go between classes with our Towers To-Go program, using Grubhub Campus, or by easily swiping your Warrior Dollars at our dining locations!
  • No Grocery Shopping or Clean Up: Focus on your studies and leave the dishes up to us!

For more information, visit our website. Residents and commuters can purchase meal plans and Warrior Dollars on the Cashnet site. Apartment residents are also eligible to charge meal plans to their student account through January 17, 2020.

Important Deadlines and Reminders

  • Apartment residents have the option to charge meal plans to their student account through January 17, 2020. Starting January 18, apartment residents must pay by credit card or e-check on Cashnet.
  • The meal plan change period is January 17 through January 24, 2020, for residents living in Towers, Atchison, and Ghafari. You will receive an email from Housing & Residential Life with instructions on how to change and which plans you are eligible to change to.

New Year, New You: New Year’s Resolution Healthy Eating Tips

By Megan Ponke, MS, RDN

When the New Year rolls around, New Year’s resolutions often come with it. Setting goals for new and improved behaviors has been a popular trend for years. Resolutions can be big or small, but for most, they tend to center around diet, exercise, and appearance. Going to the gym more, eating a healthier diet, drinking more water, eating less sugar, etc. – all with the end goal of *drum roll* weight loss!

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight, but living a healthy lifestyle means more than just focusing on the number on the scale. And in case you’ve never tried it, changing multiple habits in one day is not easy (and rarely successful long-term). So, what’s a better way to go about setting your personal health goals for the New Year?

Here’s a few of my top tips:

  1. Set SMART goals:
    • S- Specific. Set a goal that is clear and specific. Knowing what you want to accomplish, why, and how, is important. Don’t be too specific about your goal weight, though – your weight is just a number. Focus more on how you feel!
    • M- Measurable. Having a measurable goal helps you to track your progress while staying positive and motivated!
    • A- Achievable. Don’t set a goal that’s too large and overwhelming. It needs to be realistic and attainable, otherwise you may experience burnout.
    • R- Relevant. Is it worthwhile? Is it the right time? Does it align with your other goals? Make sure you know why your goal matters to you.
    • T- Time-based. Give yourself a deadline to work toward, while being flexible. This will help you stay focused on your long-term goals. Set small, short-term goals along the way to help yourself reach them.
  2. Find your support group!
    • It’s important to have strong support. You don’t have to do everything alone! Having others to rely on and confide in will help you to reach your personal goals. Work with a friend, a trainer, a therapist, or a Registered Dietitian, depending on your specific goals!
  3. Don’t fall for the fads.
    • Fad diets lurk everywhere, and promise extreme results (“lose ten pounds in five days!”) with limited effort, and lots of money. Drinking detox teas, purchasing expensive supplements, or eliminating an entire food group isn’t the way to go. Fad diets don’t care about your long-term health and well-being. A healthy lifestyle includes movement along with a well-balanced diet.

If you have questions about setting realistic and attainable health goals for the New Year, email us at dining@wayne.edu to make an appointment with the Registered Dietitian! Here is Megan Ponke’s Winter semester schedule:

  • February 5 @ Towers Cafe, 11am-2pm
  • February 6 Office Hours @ Dining Services Office, 10:30am-3pm by appointment
  • March 4 @ Gold ‘n’ Greens, 11am-2pm
  • March 5 Office Hours @ Dining Services Office, 10:30am-3pm by appointment
  • April 2 @ Student Center Food Court, 11am-2pm
  • April 3 Office Hours @ Dining Services Office, 10:30am-3pm by appointment

Nov 20 / Dining

Dining Newsletter

Winter Term Apartment Meal Plans

Don’t want to carry home groceries in the snow? We don’t blame you. Here’s how to sign up for a Winter meal plan as an apartment resident:
1. Log in to your self-service portal on the Housing website.
2. At the top, click the “Apply for Housing” dropdown menu.
3. Choose “Optional Dining Plan Request (Winter 2020)”.
4. Submit the form by 11:59 pm on January 17, 2020, for your meal plan to be charged to your student account.
– If you miss the January 17 deadline, you can still buy a meal plan on the Cashnet site using e-check or credit card.
– As a reminder, apartment resident Fall semester meal plans will not roll over to Winter semester, with the exception of Warrior Dollars and Block Plans.

Winter Term Commuter Meal Plans

  • You travel to campus for studies, don’t worry about traveling off campus for food, especially in the cold! Commuter meal plans start as low as $110, with options that fit any appetite and schedule. Explore your options on our Diningwebsite, and visit the Cashnet site to purchase a Winter meal plan!
  • As a reminder, Fall semester meal plans will not roll over to Winter semester, with the exception of Warrior Dollars and Block Plans.

Add more Warrior Dollars and Block Plans today!

  • Warrior Dollars and Block Plans roll over to Winter semester, so if you’re running low you can add more today! Don’t forget, the more you add, the more bonus Warrior Dollars you receive!
  • All residents and commuters can purchase Block Plans and Warrior Dollars by e-check or credit card on the Cashnet site.

Upcoming Promotions and Theme Meals

Towers Cafe and Gold 'n' Greens Thanksgiving Feast is on November 25, 2019, from 11am-2pm
  • Double Punch Fridays @ Mad Anthony’s
    • Get double punches on your Java City Punch Card every Friday!
  • Happy Hour @ Dunkin’
    • $2 medium hot or iced latte, cappuccino, and Americano from 2-5pm daily!
  • Daily $6 Lunch Special @ Einstein Bros. Bagels
    • $6 daily bagel sandwich with a 21 oz. fountain drink, plus $1 for a cookie
  • $5 Box @ Taco Bell
    • $5 Double Chalupa Box or Grande Nacho Box, back for a limited time!
  • Holiday Beverages @ Starbucks
    • Starbucks holiday beverages are back! Come visit to check out the limited time flavors and colorful cups!
  • Thanksgiving Feast
    • Towers Cafe and Gold ‘n’ Greens are hosting a Thanksgiving feast on Monday, November 25, from 11am-2pm.
  • Late Night Breakfast
    • Towers Cafe will be serving up this exam week favorite on Wednesday, December 11, from 9pm-12am.
  • Check our monthly calendar in the dining halls and Student Center Food Court, or visit us on our website, for a complete list of upcoming events!
  • Follow us @dinewaynestate on Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date on all our promotions, themed menu days, and giveaways!

Mindful Choices at Fast Food Restaurants
By Megan Ponke, MS, RDN

Megan Ponke, Campus Dietitian

Most people can agree that fast food tastes good. Most of us have also heard that fast food isn’t good for you, and can lead to weight gain, high cholesterol, and even diabetes. Fear of future health issues is often used as a tactic to steer people away from fast food restaurants. But many still choose to eat at these locations. Health practitioners who advise against fast food often ignore the reason why people choose to eat it: convenience, price, and ease of access. Sometimes fast food is one of the only options students may have, so with busy schedules, tight budgets, and limited access, fast food can be a no-brainer.

Fast food is not bad food, and can still fit into a healthy diet. One of the best ways to maintain balance within a healthy diet is to practice mindfulness. It’s important to pay attention to how physically hungry you are to help determine the portion size you actually want to eat. To regulate the portion size of convenience foods, avoid waiting until you’re starving to finally eat, because that’s when we tend to eat more than we may need to. Make regular meal or snack times a priority! Eating regularly throughout the day can help maintain our hunger levels, mood, blood sugar, and portion sizes.

If you’re interested in more nutrient dense or lower calorie options from some of our locations, check these out, but remember that every individual has different nutrient and calorie needs:

  • Wingstop
    • Chicken Caesar Salad
    • Small (6) Boneless Wings with Original Hot seasoning, with a side of veggie sticks and ranch
  • Panda Express
    • Try getting half veggies and half rice as your side. For the entrée, try a Wok Smart item, as these contain at least 8 grams of protein, are 300 calories or less, and still have plenty of flavor!
  • Taco Bell
    • Taco Bell has lots of options that you can mix and match. The American Heart Association recommends keeping a meal below 700 calories. Here’s an example of a meal you could make to follow these guidelines:
      • Shredded Chicken Mini Quesadilla, Chips with Pico de Gallo, and Nacho Cheese Doritos Loco Taco. Add sauce packets for flavor, they contain zero calories!
  • Starbucks
    • Starbucks has great breakfast and small lunch options for on-the-go, such as Classic Oatmeal or a Spinach Feta Wrap. Also try add-ins, such as sugar-free syrups, skim or 1-2% milk, or cinnamon, nutmeg, or vanilla for extra flavor.

If you have questions or would like to schedule upcoming January office hours with Megan Ponke, please email us at dining@wayne.edu with the subject “Attn: Dietitian”.

Nov 1 / Dining

November 2019 Newsletter


Jefferice Smith preparing a delicious recipe in Gold ‘n’ Greens kitchen.

Let Your Dining Voice Be Heard

YourDiningVoice.com is the simplest way to let us know how we can make your next visit even better. For example, we heard a demand for create-your-own pasta, so we made an entire station at Gold ‘n’ Greens dedicated to it! Our managers receive real-time alerts to quickly improve your dining experience. We value all feedback, so please feel free to give us yours during your next visit!

Sign up for a Winter Block Plan!

Winter meal plans are now available for purchase! Save on lunch by purchasing a Block Plan. All-you-care-to-eat lunch is $8.75 to pay at the register, but a Block 45 Plan breaks down to only $6.89 per meal. Sign up for a yours today at housing.wayne.edu/cashnet

Grubhub Mobile Ordering

Grubhub is the new on-campus pickup app! Here’s how to set it up:

  1. Download the Grubhub app.
  2. Create account.
  3. Click Settings (the top-right gear).
  4. Choose Campus Dining.
  5. Find Wayne State’s campus and select your affiliation.
  6. Add your campus card using your Banner ID and WSU email.
  7. Order up!

You can keep track of your OneCard and Warrior Dollar balance under Payment in your Settings!

As a welcome, there are zero transaction fees on all orders Fall semester! Get $2 off your first order using the promo code CAMPUS.

November Specials

  • Mad Anthony’s: Double Punch Fridays on Java City Coffee punch cards, every Friday
  • The Grind: $1 off Grande Starbucks Serenade beverages, every Wednesday
  • Taco Bell: $5 Double Chalupa Box or Grande Nacho Box, for a limited time
  • Dunkin’: Happy Hour $2 medium hot or iced latte, cappuccino, or Americano, 2-5pm daily
  • Freshii: $6.50 Teriyaki Twist Bowl (no protein added), November 11-15
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels:
    • Daily $6 Sandwich Special, add $1 for a cookie (plus tax)
    • $3.99 for any pastry with medium coffee, through November 8
  • To extend our gratitude to faculty and staff for their hard work, Subway and Panda Express will offer $2 off $10 for Thank You Thursday on November 14. Please show your OneCard at time of purchase.
  • Every Friday is Faculty & Staff Friday at Towers Cafe and Gold ‘n’ Greens! Come enjoy a $7 all-you-care-to-eat lunch with your colleagues, and leave the cooking to us! Please show your OneCard at time of purchase, price does not include tax.

Upcoming Events

Tacos served in Towers Cafe on National Taco Day, October 4.
  • National Nacho Day at Towers Café, November 6 from 11am-2pm
  • Brunch at Towers Cafe, November 11 from 11am-2pm
  • National French Toast Day at Towers Cafe, November 18 from 11am-2pm
  • Thanksgiving Feast at Towers Cafe and Gold ‘n’ Greens, November 25 from 11am-2pm
  • Click here for our events calendar, including themed dining hall meals and national restaurant samplings.
  • Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @dinewaynestate for event updates and more.

Visit our website for more information, menus, and meal plans.

Jan 30 / Dining

Faculty and Staff Newsletter

February 2019

Be Our Customer of The Week!

Tristian, WSU Junior, receiving his Customer of The Week award in front of Student Center Starbucks.
Meet Tristian, our first Customer of the Week!

Student Center Starbucks is launching a new Customer of the Week Program! We kicked it off with Tristian, he’s a Junior here at WSU and, as our Customer of the Week, he enjoyed a free grande beverage and a pastry every day for the rest of the week. We featured his favorites, a Grande Vanilla Cappuccino & Blueberry Scone.

Want to be our Customer of the Week? Every Monday, we’re handing out a specialty marked cup. This person will win a voucher for a free grande beverage and a pastry for the remaining days of the week (Tuesday–Friday), and their favorite beverage and pastry combination will be featured as the $5 Combo of the Week!


Warrior Wednesday

In celebration of Warrior Wednesday, on February 20 from 11 am–2 pm, we’re treating our Faculty and Staff with $6 Lunch (normally $8.50) in Towers Café and Gold N Greens! Enjoy our all-you-care-to-eat dining facilities. We have options to please any pallet, including salad bars, Mongolian grill, vegan/vegetarian stations, Kosher options, and more! Click here to visit our website for menus, hours, and other locations. Please present your Faculty/Staff OneCard to the cashier.

If you enjoy Warrior Wednesday in the café, why not dine with us more often?! Purchase your Faculty/Staff Meal plan by clicking here.

Thank You Thursday

Smiling woman eating a salad in brightly lit cafe.

As a thank you to all of the wonderful Wayne State Faculty & Staff members for your hard work, we would like to offer you an exclusive deal each month at one of our retail locations. On February 28, Faculty/Staff can show their OneCard at WingStop to enjoy $2 off any purchase.


Special Offers

  • Go Bigger Combo! Includes 3-entree plate with fountain drink for $10 at Panda Express.
  • Receive double punches on all your coffee purchases, every Wednesday at Mad Anthony’s.
  • Any breakfast sandwich and grande hot or iced coffee for $5 (espresso beverages not included) at Anthony Wayne and Student Center Starbucks.
  • New Greek Cherry Pastries with Caribou Dark Roast Amy Blend for $3.50 at Einstein Bros. Bagels from February 25 to March 1.


Visit our website for more information, menus, and meal plans.