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Parkhurst Dining at Bucknell University Awarded “Dining Hall of Distinction” by University Business Magazine

NORWALK, CONN, October 7, 2009 – Parkhurst Dining at Bucknell University of Lewisburg, PA, has just been named a “Dining Halls of Distinction” winner by University Business Magazine. Dining Halls of Distinction represent excellence in all aspects of dining operations, including atmosphere, service, and variety of offerings, guest satisfaction, environmental sustainability, and financial stability.

Higher education institutions from across the nation submitted their dining programs for consideration, with a total number of 65 entries received. “Competition was strong, but some clear winners did emerge during the judging process,” said Melissa Ezarik, managing editor of University Business. Entries were evaluated by three editors and the magazine’s art director (also a college parent), as well as by a recent college grad, a graduate student, and Dr. Neal A. Raisman, a higher education consultant and former college president.

“Bucknell’s Bostwick Marketplace, managed by Parkhurst Dining, won in the small/media private institution category. We were impressed by the ethnically diverse food offerings and fun stations such as the Mongo Bongo, a Mongolian BBQ. And this was definitely the only entry mentioning a ‘Wall of 16 cereals.’ We also liked the attention paid to student comments, which are posted, along with their responses, in a digital picture frame. In addition, the facility reportedly shows so well on tours that students have said it was not only a deciding factor in enrollment but that it caused them to question the dining programs at other institutions,” said Ezarik.

For a look at all the winners and runner-ups, check out the October issue of University Business, which is available online at www.universitybusiness.com. Also online are the completed entries and a list of must-have characteristics for campus dining programs.

Last year’s Dorms of Distinction, a similar competition covering campus residence halls and their programs, can be accessed online as well, in the archives section. Dorms of Distinction announced its winners in August 2008.

About Parkhurst Dining Services:

Parkhurst Dining Services provides exceptional culinary experiences and dining services to guests at the finest educational institutions, corporations and cultural destinations in its marketing region. Our foundation is built on personal relationships and exceeding the expectations of our guests and associates every day. Join us for a welcoming and sustainable dining experience. www.parkhurstdining.com

About University Business:

University Business is a leading magazine of business and technology solutions for higher education, reaching virtually every two- and four-year college in the United States. Published by Professional Media Group LLC, University Business also produces web seminars, conferences, integrated marketing solutions, custom publications, and electronic media initiatives. For more information, visit www.universitybusiness.com.

Contact:

Melissa Ezarik, Managing Editor
University Business Magazine
203-663-0136
mezarik@universitybusiness.com

Contact:

Grace Hoyer
Parkhurst Dining
610-282-0916, office
610-349-0844, cell
gracehoyer@ptd.net

Parkhurst Dining at Bucknell University Awarded “Dining Hall of Distinction” by University Business Magazine

NORWALK, CONN, October 7, 2009 – Parkhurst Dining at Bucknell University of Lewisburg, PA, has just been named a “Dining Halls of Distinction” winner by University Business Magazine. Dining Halls of Distinction represent excellence in all aspects of dining operations, including atmosphere, service, and variety of offerings, guest satisfaction, environmental sustainability, and financial stability.

Higher education institutions from across the nation submitted their dining programs for consideration, with a total number of 65 entries received. “Competition was strong, but some clear winners did emerge during the judging process,” said Melissa Ezarik, managing editor of University Business. Entries were evaluated by three editors and the magazine’s art director (also a college parent), as well as by a recent college grad, a graduate student, and Dr. Neal A. Raisman, a higher education consultant and former college president.

“Bucknell’s Bostwick Marketplace, managed by Parkhurst Dining, won in the small/media private institution category. We were impressed by the ethnically diverse food offerings and fun stations such as the Mongo Bongo, a Mongolian BBQ. And this was definitely the only entry mentioning a ‘Wall of 16 cereals.’ We also liked the attention paid to student comments, which are posted, along with their responses, in a digital picture frame. In addition, the facility reportedly shows so well on tours that students have said it was not only a deciding factor in enrollment but that it caused them to question the dining programs at other institutions,” said Ezarik.

For a look at all the winners and runner-ups, check out the October issue of University Business, which is available online at www.universitybusiness.com. Also online are the completed entries and a list of must-have characteristics for campus dining programs.

Last year’s Dorms of Distinction, a similar competition covering campus residence halls and their programs, can be accessed online as well, in the archives section. Dorms of Distinction announced its winners in August 2008.

About Parkhurst Dining Services:

Parkhurst Dining Services provides exceptional culinary experiences and dining services to guests at the finest educational institutions, corporations and cultural destinations in its marketing region. Our foundation is built on personal relationships and exceeding the expectations of our guests and associates every day. Join us for a welcoming and sustainable dining experience. www.parkhurstdining.com

About University Business:

University Business is a leading magazine of business and technology solutions for higher education, reaching virtually every two- and four-year college in the United States. Published by Professional Media Group LLC, University Business also produces web seminars, conferences, integrated marketing solutions, custom publications, and electronic media initiatives. For more information, visit www.universitybusiness.com.

Contact:

Melissa Ezarik, Managing Editor
University Business Magazine
203-663-0136
mezarik@universitybusiness.com

Contact:

Grace Hoyer
Parkhurst Dining
610-282-0916, office
610-349-0844, cell
gracehoyer@ptd.net