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Articles: Dining Halls

Digital signage has existed on campuses in some form for decades. Originally, it was standard television sets embedded in the wall with a slow crawl of text showing campus news. Now, high-quality flatscreens display live TV, text, and information tickers all at the same time.

Rich in natural light, the building aims to help students be inspired by the school's mission, encouraging them to remember the need for accountability and transparency in international service.

Start with an understanding of campus culture, stir in a strong sense of community, blend in a brand new dining facility and dining program, season with an educational component, and simmer for a sensory delight that will satisfy the hardiest appetite.

Self-Operated Program Winner:

Culinary staff are never far from students who have a concern or want to pay compliments to the chef.

Bates College (Maine)

Total full-time enrollment: 1,776

Institution type: Four-year private

Large Private Institution Winner:

Counter seating is an option for students dining alone or those who want to be close to culinary action.

Boston University

Total full-time enrollment: 16,070 Undergraduate Students, 8,709 Graduate Students

Institution type: Four-year private

Public Institution Winner:

Virginia Commonwealth University

Total full-time enrollment: 27,000

Institution type: Four-year public

Total number of campus dining facilities (includes any facility serving food; please explain). 23 - 1 residential, 2 c-stores, 20 retail locations including Chili's, Subway, Quiznos and McDonald's

Number of full-service dining facilities (serving three meals a day): 1

Square footage of each main dining facility: 28,500

Small/Medium Institution Winner:

Strategic placement of food and beverage stations and a roomy servery keep things moving.

Bucknell University (Pa.)

Total full-time enrollment: 3,700

Institution type: Four-year private

Every six months, Babson dining staff go through a training that teachers them how to "wow" their guests.

Babson College (Mass.)

Total full-time enrollment: 1,851

Institution type: Four-year private

Elon University (N.C.)

Brown & Co. is another campus dining option for Elon students.

Total full-time enrollment: 5,628

Institution type: Four-year private

Total number of campus dining facilities (includes any facility serving food; please explain): 12

Gettysburg College (Pa.)

Managers can regularly be found sitting in the student dining area at Gettysburg to solicit comments.

Total full-time enrollment: 2,600

Institution type: Four-year private

New York University

Signs explaining the origin of local foods help NYU students make informed choices.

Total full-time enrollment: 32,237

Institution type: Four-year private

Total number of campus dining facilities: There are 12 locations, 6 dining halls, 5 retail locations

Shippensburg University (Pa.)

An L-shaped dining area maximizes the views of Shippensburg's campus.

Total full-time enrollment: 6,662 for Fall 2008

Institution type: Four-year public

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (Pa.)

Slippery Rock diners also have a quick take-out option.

Total full-time enrollment: 8,525

Institution type: Four-year public

Trine University (Ind.)

Made-from-scratch recipes help Trine's dining services to minimize its carbon imprint.

Total full-time enrollment: 1,328

Institution type: Four-year private