Dining Services

Markee Pioneer Student Center

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Summer Dining Information

University Dining Services provides buffet-style dining with all-you-care-to-eat service throughout the summer.  Special banquet meals can be also arranged through University Catering Services. The University Dining Services staff makes it a priority to provide guests a pleasant dining experience. 

Pioneer Crossing Serving Times

Summer visitors will have meals provided at Pioneer Crossing, which is located in the Markee Pioneer Student Center. The following serving times indicate when the hot food line and salad bar are open.

  • Breakfast:  7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
  • Lunch:  11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Dinner:  5 PM – 6 PM

Participants may socialize in the dining area up to 30 minutes after service time ends. For camps under 50 participants or less, a half hour serving time will be arranged. All food taken is to be consumed in the dining area with no carry-outs.

Camps not arriving during the standard meal times will be charged for the cost of labor and overhead for the additional serving time. A surcharge rate of $100.00 per hour, $50.00 per half hour will apply to provide adequate service outside the standard meal times.  

Conference Meal Cards

Each conference participant is issued a card that must be presented to the Dining Services cashier to gain entrance to the dining hall. Conference meal cards are distributed by the Meal Access Office staff at check-in. Participants are responsible for the card and pay a non-refundable $2.00 fee to replace a lost, stolen, or damaged card during camp. Cards may be kept after camp, at no additional charge (which can become a souvenir of your visit).

Meals Served

Resident camps/conferences must participate in the daily university meal service options. Special arrangements can be made for missing meals related to field trips, arrival date, etc. Contact the summer camps services coordinator for scheduling. A minimum of 40 meal patrons is required for full dining services facility to open. The minimum count of 40 may be met if two or more camps are hosted at the university during the same time period. Carryout food service (called "pack outs") or delivery is an option for groups under 40. Dining Services reserves the right to move the dining location when necessary.

Dietary Requirements and Special Requests

Generally, there are always gluten-free and vegetarian options. Conference Services will be more than happy to communicate dietary requirements to our Dining Services department. Most dietary requirements (like a nut allergy) can be met if given at least two weeks notice prior to the start of camp, at no additional fee. However, additional costs may be negotiated for special meal requests. All late requirements and requests will be subject to additional fees.

While Dining

For youth groups in particular, the sponsoring group must provide adult supervision in the dining facility areas in order to ensure safety, direction and presence to help enforce Dining Services policies. The camp is responsible for ensuring that tables are cleared of trays and dishes bussed. To meet state health requirements, all participants need to wear shoes and shirts at all times in Dining Services areas.

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