This fall, a new kosher and allergy-friendly dining station called Pure will open at the East Food District in Findlay Commons at University Park. The menu will feature kosher food options that meet Jewish dietary guidelines, and will be free of such common allergens as dairy, eggs, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, gluten and sesame.
Housing and Food
The time capsule was buried behind the dedication block at The Lions Gate, Penn State Abington's first residence hall, and is scheduled to be opened in 2067.
The Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association offered a rave review for Penn State hospitality management students who hosted a luncheon for the organization at Cafe Laura, the School of Hospitality Management’s “living lab” in Mateer Building.
Students and community members are invited to enjoy a delicious local meal, followed by a screening of the movie “Dirt!” and panel discussion as part of Local Foods Night hosted by Housing and Food Services and the Student Farm Club. The event will take place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 18 in Redifer Dining Commons, located in South Halls on Penn State’s University Park campus.
In August 2017, Penn State Brandywine will welcome its first residential students to campus. As move-in day approaches, the campus is preparing for the grand opening of its new residence hall and student union building.
The Student Farm Club at Penn State is partnering with Housing and Food Services as part of National Nutrition Month to host a hydroponic lettuce tasting event, “Expand Your Salad Palate,” in Redifer Dining Commons, South Halls, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on March 13. The Student Farm Club invites all students, faculty, staff and community members to join them to taste a delicious variety of hydroponic lettuce grown by club members and learn about the nutritional benefits of eating a diversity of fresh, locally grown greens.
As is typically done at the February meeting of the Penn State Board of Trustees, a presentation on room and board rates for the upcoming academic year was presented today (Feb. 23), to the Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning.
Before students move into Penn State Brandywine’s new residence hall in August 2017, a team of campus staff members will have put hundreds of hours into making the building a home. Spearheading that effort is Interim Assistant Director of Residence Life Iris Richardson.
Beginning Feb. 1, five-digit dialing will no longer be supported for Centrex phones at Penn State University Park. As a result, students, faculty and staff members who use Centrex phone services — typically used for some fax machines and residence hall courtesy phones — will need to dial "8" plus a seven-digit phone number for calls and faxes to other University Park numbers and within the 814 area code.
Residence Life is currently seeking students who are interested in serving as resident assistants. Students interested in applying to be an RA must attend one of six information sessions being held Jan. 18-25.
In the fall of 2017, Penn State will launch a new Special Living Option (SLO) at University Park for students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship. Called Lion LaunchPad Special Living Option, the program will offer a unique living experience for up to 20 incoming freshmen in its inaugural year.
Amanda Blaugher, assistant director of residence life at Penn State Harrisburg, and Krystal Huber, a resident assistant at the campus, recently were awarded Certificates of Advocacy by Margaret Wilson, the acting director of the Lebanon VA Medical Center for assisting a 75-year-old veteran who wandered into Penn State Harrisburg’s student housing complex after being reported missing from the Frey Village Retirement Center in Middletown, Pennsylvania.
The fall 2017 semester will bring a change to the Campus Meal Plan, offering Penn State students three level options instead of the current six levels. The new streamlined structure will make it simpler for students to choose a meal plan level that reflects their weekly eating habits.
Construction of Trippe Hall, a four-story, 251-bed residence hall at Penn State Behrend, is expected to begin in December. The $28.4 million building will be located near Ohio Hall, at the southwestern corner of the campus.