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March 10, 2014 -- Dining services over spring break
I was surprised to see that there would be so few Dining Services options during Spring Break, with Arctic Winter Games events going on. Why not capitalize on the influx of people?
From Pamm Zierfuss-Hubbard, Dining Services Contract Manager
The dining options on campus during spring break will be minimal for several reasons. One, according to our dining contract, Dining Services closes Lola Tilly during Spring Break because the students are gone. With this departure, the number of people eating on campus tends to drastically reduce as well and it becomes the ideal time for repairs and maintenance. During this year's Spring Break, Facilities Services will be renovating spaces which will require us to shift our services to the Polar Perk location. When we found out about the Arctic Winter Games coming to UAF, we reviewed the locations of their events and event times to determine if it would be beneficial to remain open. We also spoke to the Arctic Winter Games staff to ask how Dining Services could assist their needs in feeding the athletes and learned that the athletes will be eating at Lathrop High School as part of their meal plan. Each of the competition venues will also have concession stands where attendees can purchase items during the events.
While the dining locations won't be used, catering has several events scheduled with the Arctic Winter Games over the course of the week and will continue to assist them when necessary. The Polar Perk location inside the Wood Center will be open Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m, Friday (Campus Holiday) 12 p.m. - 4 p.m, and Saturday and Sunday during Spring Break. Additionally West Ridge Cafe will be open Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. As always, we will reevaluate our hours as the games move forward and make changes as necessary.