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Mar 5 / Dining

March 2020 Faculty and Staff Newsletter

Spring Break Hours

Spring Break hours begin on Friday, March 6. You can check them out by visiting our website.

Treat With An Athlete

Student Center Starbucks baristas crafted more than 150 beverages for Treat With An Athlete.

On February 25, we partnered with Athletics to deliver more than 150 free Strawberry Coconut Cream blended beverages across main campus. Once faculty, staff, and students commented their location on our Instagram post, we sent a volunteer athlete to deliver the specialty beverage previously voted for! Our annual Treat With An Athlete event is a Warrior favorite and we love surprising our customers! We couldn’t have done it without our dedicated athletes and awesome team of baristas. Thank you, Warriors, for another successful Treat With An Athlete event!

Upcoming Events

Shrimp Etoufee and Vegan Jambalaya served at our Party Gras celebration in Towers Cafe.

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

  • March 17: St. Patrick’s Day @ Towers Cafe
  • March 23: National Chip & Dip Day @ Towers Cafe
  • March 24: Brunch @ Towers Cafe
  • March 30: Always Meatless Monday @ Gold ‘n’ Greens

Let us know what you think of our themed events at

*Dates and events are subject to change.

Exclusive Deals & Promotions

  • Thank You Thursday is March 26 at Freshii and Wingstop! Enjoy $2 off $10 when you show your Faculty or Staff OneCard.
  • Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to a $6 Friday Meal Deal, for all-you-care-to-eat lunch in Gold ‘n’ Greens and Towers Cafe every Friday! Price excludes tax, please present your OneCard ID at time of purchase.
  • Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish Creme Swirl and a Lucky Shamrock Donut from Dunkin’!
  • $1 Grande Burritos have returned at Taco Bell. Choose between Loaded Taco or Chipotle Chicken, or try both!
  • Spring into Starbucks for new flavors, including Iced Pineapple Matcha & Golden Ginger Drinks, Mango Dragonfruit & Strawberry Acai Refreshers, and Iced Caramel Cloud & Cocoa Cloud Macchiatos.
  • Freshii wraps and salads are now served at Mad Anthony’s, The Grind, FAB POD, and AAB POD! Combo with a Bubly 12oz beverage for $9, plus tax.
  • 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 $6.89 per meal. Sign up for a Block Plan today on Cashnet.

Follow us on Instagram @dinewaynestate for more information on specials and events! You don’t want to miss out!

National Nutrition Month

By: Megan Ponke, MS, RDN

March is National Nutrition Month! Celebrate it with Campus Dining. Remember to eat a variety of nutritious foods every day! Following the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans can be a helpful tool. Starting with small changes to make healthier choices can lead to more sustainable, long-term lifestyle changes. Try making half of your plate fruits and vegetables, with the goal of 5 servings total daily, from a variety of colors. Make half your grains whole grains, and vary your protein routine by including lean and plant-based proteins, such as beans and tofu. Finally, aim to drink less sugar-sweetened beverages, drink and eat less sodium, and reduce your intake of saturated fats and added sugars. 

Test yourself, your friends, family, and coworkers with the trivia questions below!

  1. Name a health benefit of being a vegetarian:
    • Lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure
    • Lower rates of hypertension and Type 2 diabetes
    • Tend to have lower overall cancer rates and lower overall weight
    • All of the above
  2. True or False: There are such things as complete and non-complete plant proteins.
    • True
    • False
  3. Which is the healthiest form of vegetable?
    • Canned
    • Frozen
    • Fresh
    • All of the above
  4. What is the family of health-benefiting plant compounds that gives dark vegetables their distinct colors called?
    • Phytochemicals
    • Protonutrients
    • Free radicals
  5. Choose all that apply. To lower blood pressure, you should:
    • Eat more fruits and vegetables
    • Eat dairy
    • Use less salt
    • Take a potassium supplement

Answer key:

  1. All of the above.
  2. False. This is misleading in relation to plant proteins. Protein eaten from a variety of foods, during the course of a day, supplies enough of all indispensable (essential) amino acids when caloric requirements are met.
  3. All of the above. The healthiest vegetables are the ones you actually eat! All forms are good sources of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Canned and frozen vegetables help reduce food waste, increase your variety, and are quick to prepare. Rinse off your canned veggies to help reduce sodium.
  4. Phytochemicals
  5. Eat more fruits and vegetables, eat dairy, and use less salt.