Dining Changes to Include Increased Hours at North Dining, Establishment of Student Commons

Posted on 8/8/2019 11:44:54 AM

Starting this fall, the award-winning North Dining Hall, IUP’s newest dining facility, will expand its hours of operations and Folger Hall will transition to a student commons area, with space for student study, meetings, programming, and other gatherings.

This transition will begin with Folger Hall hosting programming for Welcome Weekend in August. North Dining will be open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

“This transition provides an enhanced residential dining program at North Dining while creating new student spaces,” Thomas Segar, vice president for Student Affairs, said. “The reallocation of the Folger Hall space into a student commons reflects our commitment to enhancing the spirit of community and offering new opportunities for students to learn, engage, and build community, which all contribute to student success.”

The majority of student programming space on campus is focused in the Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement in Elkin Hall and the Hadley Union Building; this new space adds “possibilities and potential,” Segar said.

“Students are asking for additional space to study, collaborate, and host student-sponsored programs. This transition answers that need. Folger will now offer designated study spaces for groups or individuals and will be available for student programming,” he said.

Folger Hall will house a student leadership development space in the alcove of the building, under the leadership of the Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement.

Folger Hall as a programming space is not new to IUP; before its renovation, Folger Hall was home to the Crimson Event Center, which provided meeting and banquet space for on- and off-campus groups and organizations for several years.

The $17-million North Dining facility opened in August 2017. In 2018, it won the 2018 Best of Education design award from the Pennsylvania/New Jersey/Delaware International Interior Design Association.

North Dining Features

  • a global cuisine station offering international cooking from around the world, including sushi, a tandoori oven for Indian cooking, a wok for traditional oriental cooking, and a charishta to cook Brazilian meat;
  • an open pit grill;
  • a deli station;
  • a vegan and vegetarian station;
  • a bakery with homemade items;
  • a dessert station with homemade gelato and crepes.

In addition to increased hours, starting in the fall, North Dining will offer the True Balance Allergen Solutions Station. True Balance accommodates those students and customers with food allergies and gluten intolerances. The True Balance menu has been carefully designed to create options for a variety of tastes and will eliminate seven of the top eight food allergens: milk, eggs, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, and wheat.

North Dining offers seating for about 600 people and has a gathering space with seating for up to 68 people, which can be reserved for meetings and events for those who would like to dine in the facility. It also houses the central IUP Dining offices.

“North Dining is centrally located and is definitely a centerpiece for the campus,” Sondra Dennison, executive director of the Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining, said. “It has been extremely popular with students and employees, especially with our commuter students. Student comments and student surveys had consistent requests for increased hours at North Dining, and we are very happy to be able to meet these requests starting in the fall. We feel confident we will be able to meet the needs and wants of our diners.”

Other changes coming to the dining program for the fall semester include a newly updated location at the Hawk HUB. The current Pastabilities station will offer “pop up” rotating restaurant themes called “Restaurant Rotation.” It will feature on-trend food combined with a dynamic graphics package, designed to deliver a one-of-a-kind culinary destination with trending food offerings including Ramen, BBQ, Italian and vegan.

New items will be added to the menu across the IUP Dining locations, including new, innovative plant-forward recipes; baked pasta and zucchini noodles; an expanded snack and dessert program; and more on-trend grab-and-go items. Two new Innovation Stations have been added to campus, one at Putt P.O.D. and one at the Hawk HUB food court. These stations feature new products and have been developed to bring more novelty to campus grab-and-go options.

In addition to North Dining, IUP dining facilities on the Indiana campus include Subway, on the ground floor of the Humanities and Social Sciences building; the Crimson Café, which includes Starbucks, Crimson Bistro, Burger Studio, and the Fireplace; Hawk HUB food court, which has grab-and-go items, Einstein Brothers Bagels, Chick-fil-A, Pi2, Pastabilities, Grille Works, and Sprout; Java City in Stapleton Library; Wallwork and Putt hall POD convenience stores; and Eberly Café in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology.