ISSUED: 12 August 2020
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University has begun a new partnership with Aramark to provide campuswide dining services beginning in fall 2020. Aramark staff began work in preparation for fall service over the summer.
“We hope and expect Aramark will bring an invigorating energy and focus on fresh, delicious food to our campus venues,” said Jack Shaw, vice president for campus services. “We are glad that we will be able to consolidate services to bring better dining options to students that are closer to where they live and take classes. Namely, focusing more efforts in the Student Center will give better, healthier options to students and staff in a more convenient location.”
Shaw says changes to campus dining will include the conversion of the Student Center Ram’s Den to an all-you-care-to-eat format. The Riverside Market will remain a convenience store with a rotating menu with changes to customer flow. The Dining Hall will primarily be used for storage, campuswide production support, and special events. The Dining Hall may be used for take-out services as needed during the current need for social distancing within dining environments.
“Shepherd University has shared with us a compelling vision for the future of the campus environment,” said Sherwood Lincoln, Aramark region vice president. “Like Aramark, Shepherd recognizes the value of a high-quality dining program that supports a safe and healthy learning environment and student success. We are proud to partner with Shepherd and look forward to working with the university to build the dining program that we envision and that the students, faculty, and staff expect and deserve.”
Lincoln said plans include transforming the Ram’s Den into a gathering space for all students, faculty, and staff offering more flexibility and access with meal plans; engaging dining employees by providing opportunities for training, recognition and career development; enhancing the living and learning experience through programming such as special events and theme meals; and committing to culinary excellence with knowledgeable chefs, fresh food, and healthier options. Future plans may include the addition of a mobile food service operation and further improvements to existing facilities.
Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) delivers services in food, facilities management, and uniforms and has 270,000 employees in 21 countries around the world. Aramark is recognized as one of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” by FORTUNE, rated number one among Diversified Outsourcing Companies, as well as among the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute.
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