The dining experience for the Fall Semester will be mostly “back to normal,” with self-serve buffet lines and offerings available in the Campus Center and Terrace Dining Halls. The take-away meal service offered last Spring Semester via the “green grab-and-go box” containers will also be available for anyone who prefers that option (please see the staff at either dining hall to pick up your initial green box).
Like many other organizations in the service sector, Ithaca College Dining Services has been struggling to fill our vacant professional and student staff positions. As a result, some of the campus retail locations, as well as some dining hall stations, will remain closed until staff can be hired. Likewise, some hours of operation will be temporarily reduced.
While working to hire the needed staff, Dining Services has crafted a phased reopening plan for the Fall Semester. Our initial focus of service will be on the Campus Center and Terrace Dining Halls, the Food Court, Ithaca Bakery and the Towers Marketplace.
The Dining Services team will monitor service over the first few weeks of the semester and make adjustments where possible as staff are hired. The hope is that professional and student staffing levels will improve between Labor Day and Fall Break.
Hours of operation for all campus dining locations are listed on our website and signs will be posted at all dining locations around campus. Any student who is interested in employment with Ithaca College Dining Services should visit the student employment website. A variety of positions are available in many different dining services locations starting immediately!
For all campus retail locations, Grubhub pre-order and pickup service will be used. Grubhub is available at Ithaca Bakery, Food Court, Chick-N-Bap, Towers Marketplace and—once they are open—the satellite cafes.
Information about specific dining locations is listed below:
Terrace Dining Hall
The salad bar will reopen this semester, and the main hot line will be in service whenever the dining hall is open.
The Terrace Dining Hall will remain closed on Saturdays. Sunday brunch in the Terraces will now be open 10:00 am-3:00 pm.
The Kosher Korner will offer cold sandwiches and salads as well as wrapped entrees for lunch at both the Terrace and Campus Center Dining Halls. Dinner hours for the Kosher Kitchen in the Terrace Dining Hall will expand to 5:00-8:00 pm.
The Terrace Dining Hall Station 8 (allergen free dining) will be open on Sunday only (the Campus Center Dining Hall Station 8 will be open Monday through Saturday) and a new Minus 3 Pantry grab-and-go option has been added.
Campus Center Dining Hall
The main hot line, vegan station, Station 8, deli, and the pizza and pasta stations will be in service whenever the dining hall is open.
The Campus Center Dining Hall will be closed for breakfast and lunch on Sundays, but will be open for Sunday dinner (dinner service will start on August 29).
A Late-Night meal swipe program is being planned for Mondays through Thursdays. This new program will hopefully be added around Fall Break.
Retail offerings will be available Thursday through Sunday from 5:00 pm until close. On days that the Towers Marketplace is open, students can utilize their meal plan swipes for an equivalency offering.
Campus Center Express Café (Grab-and-Go)
This popular meal plan equivalency option was introduced last Spring and will continue. From 11:00 am through 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, students can utilize their meal plan swipes for a fast grab-and-go meal.
Campus Center Retail
The Ithaca Bakery and the Campus Center Food Court (including Chick-N-Bap) will open on Monday, Aug. 23, the first day of classes.
Other Campus Retail
The retail locations in the Library, School of Business, CHS and Park School of Communications will be closed until staff can be hired.
The College Circles Market is undergoing changes and will be turned into an all vending “smart market” early in the Fall Semester. The college is also working to have an external food truck partner operating in the College Circles very soon.
Early in the Fall Semester, Dining Services, with assistance from numerous campus partners, will launch a mobile site that will allow students to see data regarding the lines and wait times in the Campus Center Dining Hall. We hope that this information will help the campus community make more informed decisions about which dining option people choose, especially for lunch on weekdays.
As staff are hired and more units and stations come back online, information will be shared via Intercom, Dining Services social media, and signs around campus. Please check the main Dining Services website for up-to-the-minute hours of operation information.
On behalf of the student and professional staff in Dining Services, we appreciate your patience and support as we work to reopen the IC campus and campus dining during these unprecedented times.
If you or anyone you know is interested in employment with Ithaca College Dining Services, please visit the student employment website or speak directly to any one of the Dining Services managers on campus. Any persons interested in full or part-time employment can apply via the Ithaca College Human Resources website.