If you are looking for a place to express your thoughts and concerns about the future of the University of Kentucky’s Dining Services, please join the third public campus forum on this subject Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Worsham Theater This is the third public forum held in the last several months, according to UKNow, to discuss the revitalization of UK’s Dining Services.
“Public forums and the dialogue we’ve had with stakeholders on campus and in the community have been a vital part of this process,” said Eric N. Monday, UK’s executive vice president for finance and administration. “As a result of this dialogue, we’ve listened and we’ve made improvements to our process, which will lead to a better result no matter which direction we take. Our ultimate goal, though, has remained consistent throughout the process ― creating the best possible dining service for our campus community and others who use this critical service,” UKNow reports.
Review of the formal Request for Proposals by the RFP committee is expected in mid-November and UK President Eli Capilouto will make the decision as to whether or not to outsource dining services in the next few months. Several dining facilities across campus will be de-commissioned as part of the revitalization of the university’s residence hall system, UKNow reports.
According to UKNow, the committee recommended certain commitments be included in the RFP in response to concerns of students and university and local community groups:
- Ensuring that current full-time UK dining employees as of February 2013 will have employment opportunities with either the university or the selected business partner, if the university administration ultimately takes that path. The university will also require that student workers continue to be employed.
- Continuing a strong sustainability program by purchasing local food produce and the strong partnership UK has with the Kentucky Proud Program.
- Expanding options, healthier food choices and responsiveness to the many constituencies that comprise the university community.