NACUFS: The National Association of College & University Food Services

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Posted by Ms. Amy B. on Jun 7th, 2017 3:01pm

For most of us, commencement has come and gone, and it’s a perfect time to reflect upon all you and your team have accomplished this past year for your campus. Likewise, I am looking back at this past year as president of this wonderful association while considering the many successes of NACUFS, strategic decisions made by the board, and the incredible people who have stepped up to continue leading us in greatness.

I want to take a little time to update you on a few items of note as I continue prepping for our GMA at National Conference, a final editorial in Campus Dining Today, and a final blog post to come out in July. As we enter into our 60th year, here are a few most recent and upcoming notable NACUFS news:

  • Our new e-newsletter is launching June 21! This is an awesome achievement from over a year-long study of how to best reach our members more frequently and more consistently on a global scale of our entire membership. We’re crossing regional boundaries, using a real-time member database, for a broader approach to reaching our members across the continent. The NACUFS marketing committee met in March to complete this board-appointed charge, and the new and improved design is now complete! We hope you will all take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to share your stories to not only your region, but to all NACUFS members wherever they are in the world! All regional news will now be submitted through an online portal for more timely news to be shared in appropriate marketing vehicles such as the e-newsletter itself, social media, and/or Campus Dining Today. Please be sure to share this link with your colleagues: NACUFS is the voice for our members and storytelling is one of the best ways we continue to elevate our profession!
  • June 27-28 we’ll hold our two-day education stakeholders retreat to continue formulating our overarching education strategy.  Twenty-eight members will review the learning survey results, discuss the association’s options for defining our learner populations, and discuss various strategy options available to NACUFS to enhance all our educational offerings throughout NACUFS.
  • Congratulations to our very own, Ted Faulkner, director of dining services, who was recently recognized by IFMA as a Silver Plate Award recipient! This is an incredible achievement and we are proud to have Virginia Tech as a NACUFS member! As noted on the Virginia Tech website, “the panel of judges noted Faulkner’s efforts to integrate locally sourced foods, develop menu programs to meet the demanding and diverse needs of today’s college student, implement the Y.E.S. (You’re Eating Smarter) nutritional program, and create destination dining venues.” (For more information from Virginia Tech’s announcement click here.) Cheers, Ted!

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