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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 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