Dining, Conferences and Campus Events, Fall 2013


An overhead view of students lunching in Commons. (Photograph by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Over the summer the new Office of Dining, Conferences and Campus Events has implemented some exciting and innovative changes.

Most notably, we introduced a new scheduling system for campus spaces, called EMS. EMS is considerably more user-friendly than the old system, has many advanced features and will, in time, connect to a comprehensive community calendar.

We revamped our summer concert series, and were pleased to have blues and roots musician Corey Harris ’91 inaugurate the new Concerts on the Quad.

For the fall, we will be relocating bookable tables from Commons Room 131 (“the Fishbowl”) to the far end of the mezzanine. Students wanting a more private dining location can now use 131. This change was made in response to a study done by students last spring that focused on the Commons dining experience.

As usual, we spent time this summer reviewing the student menu cycle, resulting in many exciting changes. Look for new recipes from the student Iron Chef competition and the Cat’s Cup Culinary Challenge.

Don’t forget that if you’d like to work in Dining Services, please contact us early, as positions fill fast.

Last, but certainly not least, Bates Dining has received a rating of three stars from the Green Restaurant Association. Bates is only one of six collegiate dining services in the country with a three-star rating, and the only college in the state of Maine to hold this honor. Learn more.

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