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History of University Dining

UWSP made the decision in 2008 to transition to self-operated dining after many decades of contracted food service. In June 2009, University Dining (UD) was created as a department within the Division of Student Affairs and we have been serving the campus community ever since. UD is self-supporting and receives no funding from the University, State, or Federal resources. UD is managed very much like a commercial restaurant operation. All expenses incurred, including the cost of food, wages and benefits, operating supplies, utilities, repairs and maintenance, and occupancy costs, must be covered by revenue generated across the units on campus.

Image of students and parents enjoying a meal at Upper DeBot Dining Center.


As a student-focused organization, University Dining seeks to bring diversity to the table by engaging students, the campus, and the community with innovative hospitality.


University Dining enhances the educational experience of individuals by creating sustainable practices and nourishing a diverse community.

Guiding Principles

  • Create a collaborative work environment that educates and engages our student employees.

  • Integrate sustainability initiatives that support the environmental mission of UW-Stevens Point.

  • Continually review and harness new and emerging technologies to maximize service delivery.

  • Develop strategies to effectively tell our story and communicate with the campus community.

  • Provide innovative, comfortable, well-maintained, cost-effective, and modern facilities that encourage community interaction.

  • Provide ongoing training and professional development opportunities ensuring highly skilled, engaged, and productive staff who provide excellence in customer service.

  • Prepare enticing menus ad food items that feed patrons’ culinary senses.

  • Share our knowledge of food trends and nutrition with the campus community.

  • Stay committed to excellence, integrity, quality, and value.

  • Maintain fiscal focus to support short-term and long-term operational and strategic goals while being sensitive to the rising costs of higher education for students.

  • Create an environment for learning and culinary exploration through special events and educational programming.

  • Cultivate community and build lasting relationships.

University Dining places a strong emphasis on quality, value, student employment, and sustainability. University Dining also supports UWSP’s commitment to fostering a campus focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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