Sodexo dining: Raising the bar
By Ciera Trisch, Class of 2013
The most exciting time to be a student at Oral Roberts University is now! Through the generosity of the Green family, millions of dollars have been poured into campus-wide renovations and repairs. With the appearance of the campus improving all the time, along with new academic labs and technology upgrades, it's safe to say the university has made enormous strides when it comes to improving student life. However, there is one area that rarely gets mentioned and deserves recognition: Sodexo food service.
This past semester, Sodexo really stepped up their game to increase student satisfaction with the ORU dining experience. Students were raving over the creative events Sodexo sponsored.
"I've really enjoyed going to eat in the cafeteria lately," sophomore Whitney Owings said as the spring semester was winding down. "Sodexo is doing a great job at surprising us students and going above and beyond. I never knew eating could honestly be this fun!"
Above and beyond is exactly what Sodexo has tried to achieve through two dining events they produced this spring. The first was "Sodexo Carnival Night," during which the entire cafeteria was transformed into ORU's very own carnival. The kettle corn popping outside on the steps of Hewitt Dining Commons provided just a hint of the games, festivities, and enormous amounts of carnival food that were waiting on the inside.
"Carnival Night in the cafeteria came at exactly the right time," freshman Matt McAfee said. "It had been a really tough week with school, and walking into a carnival really forced me to unwind and have some fun."
Not long after Carnival Night, students were pleasantly surprised by Coffee House Night. With an acoustic guitar-playing duo providing live music on a stage in the center pie, along with mood-enhancing café lights and décor, the cafeteria was transformed into a relaxing coffee house. Students enjoyed delicious brews of Starbucks coffee with their meals and fresh pastries for dessert.
"I'm looking forward to what Sodexo does next," Owings said. "I feel blessed to go to a school that invests so much time into going the extra mile for their students. There is no other place in the world like ORU!"