The Crossing in the Markee Pioneer Student Center

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 20 minutes after service time ends. For camps under 50 participants, 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.  


At check-in, each camp participant is issued a wristband which acts as their meal ticket. For some camps, a meal card is provided.  Either item is used to gain entrance to the dining hall and pay for your meal.  Participants are responsible for their wristband or card and need to contact staff if it has been lost. The wristband may be kept as 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 and every dietery need can be accommodated. Conference Services will communicate dietary requirements to the Dining Services department. Most dietary requirements (like a nut allergy) can be met, especially 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. Any late requirements and requests may 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 and maintain order. The camp is responsible for ensuring that tables are cleared of trays and dishes removed. To meet state health requirements, all participants need to wear shoes and shirts at all times in Dining Services areas.

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