Press Room

Welcome to the Dining and Hospitality Services Announcements page. Here you'll find new and archived information.

James Beard Foundation Blended Burger competition, #1 of 6 Colorado competitors, #30 of 414 national competitors, and #2 of 10 university dining competitors, 2017

NACUFS Loyal E Horton Award, Gold Medal, Residential Dining Special Event, medium sized school, 2017

Received an ‘A' grade from PETA's Vegan Report Card in 2015 and 2016

James Beard Foundation Blended Burger Project competition, #28 out of 347 national competitors, #2 out of 13 Colorado competitors, #1 of 9 university dining service competitors, 2016

NACUFS Loyal E. Horton Award, Silver Medal, Residential Dining Special Event, medium sized school, 2016

NACUFS Nutrition Awards, Bronze Medal, Most Innovative Wellness and Nutrition Program, 2016

NACUFS Loyal E. Horton Award, Gold Medal, Residential Dining Special Event, medium sized school, 2015

El Paso County Public Health recognized DHS with Excellence in Food Safety in 2014, 2015, 2016

UCCS is the first university in Colorado and only the 13th nationwide to received Marine Stewardship Council certification for serving sustainable seafood on campus, October 2016

May 2017

Gazette Article: UCCS food service betting they have the best blended burger

Jan 2017

Gazette Article: Hooked on a lesser-known, but tasty fish

November 2016

On Campus Hospitality Article: Globally-Inspired Student Staffing in Dining Services

October 2016

Communique Article: Dining and Hospitality Services earns seafood certification

August 2016

Gazette Article: Contest brings some fame to UCCS' burger!

June 2016

Gazette Article: Colorado Springs professor of nutrition science expands studies to farming, cooking and community education

June 2016

Table Talk: El Paso County has a new family and consumer science extension agent. View the article here.

Mark Hayes presented at The Menus of Change conference session "Make it Work" on the success of our Food Next Door station in Café 65.

May 2016

Joel Bagley, Associate Director for Business Operations, was accepted into two NACUFS Institutes: The Facilities Management Institute and The Leadership Institute. Joel was picked from 190 applicants. Congratulations!

April 2016

April 27, 2016, NACUFS awarded DHS with a Bronze Medal for the Most Innovative Wellness and Nutrition Program

April 14, 2016, The National Terrazzo Association recognized Roaring Fork Dining Hall's terrazzo floor on its Honor Roll.

Food Management Magazine featured Roaring Fork, New dining hall takes advantage of Colorado’s landscape

March 2016

March 26, 2016, Director Mark Hayes and Executive Chef Russ Saunkeah appeared on KVOR's Table Talk radio show with Gazette Food writer Teresa Farney.

The Gazette wrote an article, UCCS at top of the class for dining facilities.

The Gazette wrote a second article, Table Talk: UCCS has a hopping gastropub on campus.

April 2015

UCCS Dining and Hospitality Services was awarded a Loyal E. Horton Gold Medal from NACUFS for Residential Dining Special Event for ONE WORLD, ONE GRAIN. Read more at:

March 2015

Food Safety: UCCS Dining Services was recognized for excellence in food safety in El Paso county!

August 2014

Fall Opening: Check our Venues page for the latest information on opening dates and hours as we open our venues for Fall 2014.

Clyde's Hours: We're getting ready to serve you better! To work on new menu development and staff training, Clyde's will be closing at 3:00 PM, Wednesday-Friday and Monday, August 13-15th and 18th. We'll return to regular hours on August 19th. Regular hours are 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (M-F).

June 2014

Student Staff Openings Announced: Dining and Hospitality Services is recruiting for student staff for all campus locations: The Lodge, Café 65, 4 coffee shops, Catering, and Clyde's. Positions include: cashiers, checkers, baristas, servers, kitchen prep, cooks, receiving, and dish room. We are also looking for well-qualified student managers with outstanding leadership skills. Students can apply on SEANs place and must ask for a guest pass if they are not registered for summer classes.

Munch Money: The Munch Money Program has returned. Load Munch Money onto your LionOne Card and earn bonus funds for use at campus dining and food service venues!

June 2 - UCCS Dining and Hospitality Services officially re-open on Monday, June 2.  Clyde's, University Center Coffee (formerly Jazzman's), Columbine Coffee Cart and the Lodge will reopen. All other food and coffee locations will be closed for summer.

May 2014
May 27-30 - UCCS Dining and Hospitality Services is Coming Soon! All campus food and coffee venues will be closed as we prepare for relaunch during the week of May 27-30th. All that week, we'll have FREE COFFEE - stop by the old Jazzman's that week for our FREE coffee cart!

April 2014

April 28th - Coffee Tasting Event! Help us choose the best coffee for the new UCCS coffee shops at this free tasting event. Berger Hall | 9:00-11:00 AM

April 14th - Student Job Fair. Check out the Employment Opportunities for more.

April 9th - The Office of Sustainability is hosting Sustainnovation. This year's event, Food Revolution, will focus on the exciting food shift happening in Colorado Springs, and here at UCCS. Enjoy FREE events throughout the day, from 9:30 AM to 8:30 PM. Be sure to check out the Food Service Panel at 1:15 PM featuring Mark Hayes, Director of Food Services and Russ Saunkeah, Executive Chef and Associate Director of Culinary Services. Learn More Here.

March 2014
Save the date! UCCS Announces the Student Job Fair. Check out the Employment Opportunities page for the latest information.

February 2014

Important Munch Money Program Changes

Current open positions in the new Dining and Hospitality Services can be found at: by looking at listings on the Colorado Springs campus.

January 2014

Mark Hayes hired as Director of UCCS Dining and Hospitality Services:

October 2013

Russ Saunkeah named Executive Chef and Associate Director of Culinary Services:

Announcement regarding change to campus-operated food service: