Campus Services Insider - Spring 2014
CAMPUS SERVICES BY THE NUMBERS - 3rd Quarter Comparisons
|Visitors to CRC*||234,321||226,991||-3%|
|Red & Black Membership**||1,158||1,265||23.4%|
*Multiple weather-related closings/cancellations of programs.
**UC Affiliates – Employees, Retirees, Alumni, etc.
WHAT'S NEW IN CAMPUS SERVICES
|Visitors to TUC||413,348||455,274||10%|
Housing & Food Services
|Dining Center Meal Swipes Redeemed||522,165||542,552||4%|
The UC Bookstores Upgrade Systems
As in any good business operation, the UC Bookstores is upgrading its’ systems in order to improve the customer experience. These improvements will cover several areas. The first improvements will be seen in the online shopping experience. The enhancements will include improved navigation, as well as the ability for guest check out. There will also be an improved method for new product images to be loaded to the site, which will provide a more robust assortment of general merchandise on the website at uc.edu/bookstore.
Another exciting component involves the point-of-sale system in the stores. The Main UC Bookstore in Tangeman University Center will be a pilot store for the new point-of-sale system. This will include mobile POS, which will give the store the ability to process transactions on the sales floor rather than at a cash register counter. In its final configuration, it will also allow an easy way to complete transactions outside of the store, whether it be for buyback, author events, a tent sale, and more.
Diversity and Inclusion Exercise at Showcase
The University of Cincinnati represents diversity in its areas of academic programs, faculty, staff, and students. The staff of Campus Services embraces diversity and inclusion as a core value.
In embracing diversity and inclusion, UC employees who attended the 2014 Showcase had the opportunity to participate in the creation of a unique “Chart of Inclusion”. Attendees were asked to add something unique about themselves to the chart.
In order for an organization to be successful, all employees must be dynamically connected. The chart confirms that UC employees are unique yet come together to create a successful organization. A few of the unique statements included by employees on the “Chart of Inclusion” are listed below.
- I walk 1½ hours to work.
- I’m skillful at organizing.
- I love yoga.
- I have worked at UC for 40 years.
- I have a family of 13.
- I am honest.
- I love to belly dance.
- I was born on Christmas Day.
- I am creative.
- I fired a patriot missile.
- I decorate cakes.
- I love to crochet.
- I’m a lay pastor.
Conference & Event Services
5th Annual Campus Services Showcase a Success
Five-hundred ninety-four (594) UC employees attended the 5th Annual Campus Services Showcase. Held on May 1, this interactive exposition focused on the wide range of products and services provided by Campus Services. The event included culinary demonstrations by executive chefs from Caminetto at Kingsgate Marriott and Mick & Mack’s Café, a Classic Fare Catering culinary showcase, and free samples and wares provided by Campus Services partners from GBEX (office supplies) and licensed vendors. Additionally, attendees were able to win great prizes from scratch off cards, receive mini-massages from the Campus Recreation massage therapists, and interact with colleagues.
Like last year, a Silent Auction was held in conjunction with the event for the Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 2010 by Campus Services in memory of Larry Elsasser, who served as director of TUC for 30 years. More than $1,000 was raised at the Showcase for the scholarship fund, which awards at least one $1,000 scholarship annually to a deserving student employee. This year, the scholarship will be awarded on National Student Day on Tuesday, October 14. For more information, go to the Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarship web page.
Take a New Look at CES
The staff of Conference & Event Services (CES) is working hard to spread the word about the comprehensive array of event planning and execution services they offer. They recently met with the business administrators on West Campus and executive directors on the Medical Campus and are also holding individual meetings with colleagues in colleges and departments throughout campus. Take a new video look at CES.
The focus of CES is to develop customizable service packages to accommodate all event needs. Additionally, they have recently rolled out a wedding guide, focusing on young alumni. Click here to learn about weddings at UC.
Morgens Hall Recognized
The Housing staff was recently awarded the 2014 Student Housing Business Innovator Award for Best Renovation of an Existing Dorm or University Housing by Student Housing Business for Morgens Hall. StudentHousingBusiness.com is the leading news and information portal for the industry and offers a variety of ways to communicate messages or services to the industry. Each year, Student Housing Business celebrates the best and brightest in the industry through the Innovator Awards competition.
Additionally, HGC Construction and the Morgens Hall project received an Eagle Award of Excellence from the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors at their Excellence in Construction awards banquet. This is the highest award given out by the Associated Builders & Contractors.
Housing at Capacity for Fall
Demand for on-campus housing has reached a record high, due to more students extending their campus residency and a record-setting fall 2014 freshmen class. As of May 2, the Housing Application was closed for all students and a wait list was created. To accommodate this record demand for on-campus housing, H&FS has secured 400 beds at University Park Apartments and 223 beds at Campus Park Apartments.
Electric Car Charging Station Installed
In celebration of Earth Day, Parking Services recently partnered with the Office of Planning, Design, and Construction, and Environmental Studies capstone students to unveil UC’s first electric car-charging station in Lot 13 near Wherry Hall on the Medical Campus. As a volunteer effort, a group of 10 environmental studies students landscaped the area around the charging station.
Currently, plans are underway to install a second charging station in the Clifton Court Garage in late June. These charging stations can simultaneously charge two cars at 240 volts/unit and charge a vehicle 100% within eight hours.
New Garage Lighting
New lighting was installed in Corry Garage and completed in February. New lighting will be installed in the Calhoun Garage starting mid-May and will be completed mid-July. The installation of new lighting in Campus Green Garage is expected to be completed by the end of July.
A Winter to Forget
Thanks to the parking maintenance staff members who are responsible for cleaning the drives, lots, and garages on the Uptown campuses, students, faculty/staff, and visitors were able to safely travel around campus this winter. This small, yet dedicated crew has tracked more than 812 additional hours maintaining 100 acres of parking during the cold, snowy winter months. They used 904 tons of salt, enough to fill 38 tractor trailers, which is 147% more than last year.
Trademarks & Licensing
Ohio Licensing Consortium Meeting Held at UC
On April 11, the staff of Trademarks & Licensing (T&L) hosted the second meeting of the Ohio Licensing Consortium (OLC) at the Campus Recreation Center. The T&L staff worked with colleagues from Ohio State and Miami University to form the Ohio Licensing Consortium, to provide a resource of expertise for licensing professionals across the State. The OLC currently has 30 members representing 23 institutions throughout the State of Ohio, and 17 members attended the meeting and received a brief tour of campus. Topics discussed at the meeting included the current state of the college’s licensing programs, the growth of licensing, and the collective promotion of Ohio colleges. After the on-campus meeting, the group visited the offices of Vesi Inc., a Cincinnati-based licensee, where they learned about issues facing collegiate licensees.
#Hottest College in America T-Shirt Design Contest
A design contest for the first official fan t-shirt is happening now through June 30. The winner will receive a $250 gift card to the UC Bookstores, where the shirt will be sold this fall. For details, visit the contest web page.
Rec Rewards Results
In the first two months of the Rec Rewards program that kicked off in February, there has been a 48% increase in faculty/staff Campus Recreations memberships. More than 700 reimbursements have been awarded. In partnership with Human Resources, the UC Rec Rewards program is designed to encourage health improvements across the university. Benefits-eligible UC employees who are Campus Recreation members are now eligible for a reimbursement of $26.66 every month, if they use Campus Recreation facilities at least eight days per month. Enrollment remains open and health assessments can be scheduled with Member Services during most operating hours. Please call 513-556-0604 to check availability and to schedule an appointment.
Intramural Sports and R.E.C. Kids Camps Continue to Grow
Intramural basketball registrations were up 8.04% from FY13 and 4-on-4 volleyball registrations were up 33.33% from last year. Outdoor soccer hit 100% capacity. Two new sports were introduced this year – indoor 4-on-4 flag football (35 teams) and kickball (20 teams).
The R.E.C. Kids Camps & Clubs continue to thrive. The President’s Day Club registrations were up 10% this year and the Spring Break Camp reached 100% capacity for third year in a row. Registration for Summer Camp is currently 100% full with 831 anticipated campers participating June 2-August 8.
Food Fact Friday Events at the CRC
Beginning in August 2013, the staff of Campus Recreation hosted Food Fact Friday interactive events at both facilities. A nutritionist met with individuals to educate them on the importance of knowing metabolism rates and nutrition services available through Campus Recreation. Last summer, nutrition services were restructured to include resting metabolic testing, nutritional assessment, and meal planning, enabling Campus Recreation staff to offer a more tangible and measurable service. The cost of the program was reduced and includes student pricing, resulting in a 200% growth in participation from last year to this year.
Large Swim Meets Held at the CRC
The GTAC Disability Open returned to the Campus Recreation Center’s Aquatics Complex on May 17 and 18. The Disability Open is hosted by the Greater Toledo Aquatic Club (GTAC) and UC Campus Recreation, in collaboration with U.S. Paralympics. All sessions are free and open to the public. GTAC Head Coach Keith Kennedy, an alumnus of UC, started the meet 11 years ago. The Disability Open was created to encourage swimmers with disabilities to compete in the Paralympic movement. Competition is very keen, and many swimmers who started out at the GTAC meet have gone on to join their countries’ elite swimming ranks. The USA Swimming Western Zone Swim Camp was over Memorial Day Weekend, bringing 58 swimmers to campus in a variety of age groups.
Year One Results of MarketPointe Composting
In the first year of implementing a pilot composting program, more than 80,000 pounds of waste has been collected, composted, and repurposed into area gardens and landscaping. The composting program is a collaboration with UC Sustainability and Facilities Management and implemented with grant assistance from the Ohio EPA.
In addition to the compostable waste collected from MarketPointe Dining Center production, UC Sustainability staff transport coffee grounds from the campus cafés and Starbucks locations to the storage area in MarketPointe, where all the waste is combined for pickup.
The Food Services team weighs organic waste during production. This practice helps make sure organic waste created during production is sorted and sent properly. Weighing waste during production also helps decrease food costs, saving money and increasing efficiency. Food Services staff remove all plastic items from the waste stream. Staff from composting partner Future Organics pick up waste three times per week, and deliver it to a local composting facility.
Signage throughout the facility encourages students to help with sorting, asking them to remove any non-organic items from their plates at the dish return area. Through this system, both pre-consumer and post-consumer organic waste is composted. Pre-consumer waste is measured to increase efficiency in food costs.
- Reducing waste sent to landfills and UC’s overall carbon footprint;
- Decreasing food costs from weighing waste during production; and
- Contributing to UC’s overall sustainability master plan, resulting in UC being chosen by The Princeton Review for four consecutive years as one of the top “green” schools in the country.
Healthy Eating Continues to be Focus of University Dining
Over the years, University Dining has implemented a plethora of programs designed to offer and encourage healthy eating options, with a concentrated focus on nutritional content and portion control, benchmarking, and implementation of special programs. Highlights of this effort include:
- Tray-less dining for more than five years to help portion control;
- Nutritional content posted throughout service stations and comprehensively at uc.edu/food;
- Freshly prepared food with single serve portions;
- Enhanced fruit options and expanded salad bar;
- Made-to-order stir fry and enhanced vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options;
- Additional nutritional special events;
- Monthly food focus groups;
- Partnership program with Campus Recreation for free sessions with a Rec Center Dietician on a referral basis (approximately 15 students have been referred); and
- Individualized chef-student meetings to discuss special dietary needs.
Greens to Go Opens in TUC
Greens to Go recently opened in the TUC Food Court at the KumaNeko Sushi location. Greens to Go features fresh and healthy made-to-order salads. Customers can choose from multiple leafy greens, savory proteins, fresh veggies, exciting toppings, and delicious dressings to create a custom salad. Weekly and seasonal specials are also available. Popular KumaNeko sushi choices are still offered at the location. Grand opening events are planned for May 27-30. For more information, visit the Greens to Go web page. KumaNeko Sushi is also offered at the DAAP Café during the regular academic year.
More than 1,100 people participated in the 9th Annual MainStreet Stride this year, held on Friday, April 11.
CAMPUS SERVICES IN THE NEWS
There were a number of stories published about the installation of the electric car charging station in Lot 13. Click the links below for coverage.
COMING SOON TO CAMPUS SERVICES
4rd Annual National Student Day – Tuesday, October 14
Campus Services, in partnership with Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD), Student Government, and the Center for Community Engagement, will host the 4th Annual National Student Day on Tuesday, October 14. Details are still being finalized but the annual celebration will feature events, giveaways, UC Bookstore discounts, and a community service fair with a blood drive. Additionally, the winner(s) of the Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarship for student employees will be announced. In 2013, 4,200 plus students participated in the event.
Director of Marketing Amy Browns Taylor has accepted the director of marketing position with Cavalier Distributing, based in Blue Ash, effective June 10. Taylor has been with Campus Services and UC for almost 10 years. She will remain active at UC, serving as a member of the CCM Preparatory Advisory Committee and advisor to the Ohio Kappa Chapter of Pi Beta Phi.