Auxiliary Services News

March 17, 2015

Raleigh, N.C.: Jennifer Leamons, Executive Catering Chef for UNC Charlotte, earned a Silver Medal in a culinary challenge held March 13, 2015 at the Southern Regional Conference of the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS). She was selected to compete based upon an original recipe submission featuring a main protein selected by NACUFS executive leadership, which this year, was buffalo flank steak. Thirteen chefs presented recipes from the Southern region and among those, six were chosen; Leamons was the only representative from the UNC System and the only woman.

Challenge participants worked under the pressure of a time limit to display their best culinary techniques as they prepared qualifying recipes in front of three American Culinary Federation approved judges, two of which are Master Chef Certified. The competitors had 60 minutes to prepare two classical cuts of the meat, along with sides and sauces to create a balanced plate.

Photo of Chef Leamons holding her entry dish, Leamons called her dish, “Past, Present & Future,” and it ambitiously featured three elements on one plate. “I wanted lots of color,” she says, “to showcase the varieties in which the flank steak could be prepared. I served it raw, grilled, seared and smoked.”

For the ‘Past’ portion of the dish, she explains, “I made a traditional buffalo flank steak tartare (popular origin 19th Century) with shallots, garlic, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire Sauce, salt and pepper; the meat is raw and finely diced, topped with a poached egg and a toasted Pumpernickel toast point.”

‘Present’ reflected current molecular gastronomy trends. “I used a smoke gun to smoke a dry rubbed piece of flank steak, served it over purple mashed kale potatoes and made a tomato relish for the sauce. I garnished it with fried red onions and Merlot wine pearls.” Those pearls were created using agar-agar, a dried seaweed derivative, to create a gel that when dropped in cold oil forms little edible balls. “They melt in your mouth,” says Leamons, “releasing the flavor of the Merlot wine and beef stock.”

For the ‘Future’ portion of her dish, Leamons honored a dietary trend that she believes will the norm in the future: animal protein served in quantities proportionately smaller to vegetables. “It was a salad of local micro greens, pea shoots, popcorn shoots and arugula, topped with a small portion of grilled flank steak and a tarragon white balsamic vinaigrette.

Ana Alvarez, Director of Auxiliary Services at UNC Charlotte, was there for the competition. “It was very exciting to watch,” reports Alvarez, “and her dish was beautiful!”

“We are very proud of Chef Jennifer’s performance at the NACUFS Culinary Competition,” says Bill Bremer, Resident District Manager for Dining Services at UNC Charlotte. “Her drive for culinary excellence is one of the reasons UNC Charlotte’s catering program is second to none.” 

 “Events like this awaken the passion that we have for this amazing industry,” adds Leamons. “There was nothing better than the moment I finished plating my last dish with 1 minute left on the clock. A huge rush of pride came over me.”

Only the gold medal winner moves on to the National Culinary Challenge in Indianapolis this summer; that will be Chef Juan Evangelista of Rice University. So, for UNC Charlotte, there’s always next year! “As this was Jennifer’s first time in this competition, I am certain she will have a few takeaways from her experience that will help her in competitions moving forward,” said Bremer. “And, it’s always great to get her name and the University’s name out there. When that happens, people from outside our campus see what we and so many of our customers already know: Jen rocks!”

Want to know more about the NACUFS Culinary Challenge?

Here are the rules under which Chef Jennifer competed and will be used in the national competition later this summer.

Chef Leamons in action during the NACUFS Culinary Challenge

About Chef Jen

Jennifer Leamons grew up in a small town in Maine. At the age of 12 she knew she wanted to be a chef and enjoyed cooking with her grandmother, who could somehow find a way to put carrots in everything she made.

She received a B.S. degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. Her career has included work as chef for a sailing adventure company, catering chef for movies and concerts, chef manager, hospital chef, and chef instructor.

In September, 2014, Leamons was recruited by Chartwells to join the team in Charlotte as the Executive Catering Chef for UNC Charlotte.

Photo of Chef J. Leamons wearing silver medal and holding winning certificate Congratulations!

 


March 10, 2015

ATLANTA, Ga. - The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), the licensing affiliate of IMG College, today announced the extension of its partnership with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to continue managing the school’s trademark licensing program through June 30, 2019. In trusting CLC to guide its licensing program since 1987, UNC Charlotte has achieved significant institutional milestones, while continuing to gain momentum on multiple fronts:

  • 2013-14 represented the largest royalty collection in its history;
  • Annual licensing royalties have grown more than 20% the past two years, and more than 127% the last ten years;
  • Royalties have increased year-over-year in five of the last six years.

CLC’s representation of UNC Charlotte’s licensing program will continue to focus on the management of best-in-class licensees to build the University’s brand while increasing diversity and sales of the highest-quality officially licensed products.

“The University has experienced tremendous growth as an institution and athletic programs have likewise expanded,” said Keith Wassum, Associate Vice Chancellor for Business Services. “Our very positive relationship with CLC that’s spanned more than 25 years affirms the reasons why CLC was initially chosen. The decision to continue our association is a confident reaffirmation that CLC is the right partner to maintain the integrity of the University and Charlotte 49ers brands and to help us elevate our presence in the marketplace in the future."

“It’s been a very exciting time serving Charlotte, particularly in helping launch a licensing program for the university’s football program and being involved in other campus-wide initiatives,” said Cory Moss, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, CLC. “We are honored the university has again placed its trust in CLC as its licensing partner.”

CLC, the leading collegiate licensing agency in the U.S., currently represents nearly 200 collegiate properties, including 25 bowl games and the College Football Playoff, in the $4.6 billion retail market for collegiate products.

###

For additional information, please contact: Andrew Giangola Vice President, Strategic Communications IMG College 646-871-2402 or andrew.giangola@imgworld.com

About the Collegiate Licensing Company CLC is a division of global sports and entertainment company IMG. Founded in 1981, CLC is the leading collegiate trademark licensing agency in the U.S. and currently represents nearly 200 colleges, universities, bowl games, athletic conferences, The Heisman Trophy and the NCAA. The mission of CLC is to be the guiding force in collegiate trademark licensing and one of the top sports licensing firms in the country. CLC is dedicated to being a center of excellence in providing licensing services of the highest quality to its member institutions, licensees, retailers and consumers. Headquartered in Atlanta, CLC is a full-service licensing representative, which employs a staff of more than 90 licensing professionals who provide full-service capabilities in brand protection, brand management, and brand development. For more information on CLC, visit: CLC.com or IMGCollege.com.


March 5, 2015

logo for Commencement Fair

May graduates, it's time for your Commencement Fair!

Barnes & Noble at UNC Charlotte

Student Union

Tuesday March 17 – Thursday March 19

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

  • Pick up your cap and gown
  • Get tickets for Commencement
  • Shop for announcements, class rings, diploma frames, spirit gifts and alumni merchandise

The graduation fee paid to the Registrar covers the cost of your cap and gown and diploma. If you miss Commencement Fair, you can still get your cap and gown at the bookstore up until the day of the ceremony. Cap and Gown and Ceremony information

For students graduating from Center City programs, a mini-commencement fair will be held at the Center City Campus Shop, Wednesday, March 25, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Shawn Johnson lecture and book signing event

Promotional image of Shawn Johnson, Olympic gymnast and TV persona

Gold medal-winning Olympian Shawn Johnson will share her experiences and discuss her book Winning Balance on March 19 at 7:00 PM  in Cone Univeristy Center's McKnight Hall. A reception and book signing will follow in After Hours.

 The event, sponsored by the Center for Leadership Development’s Forty-Niner Forum, is free for UNC Charlotte Students with I.D. and $5 for Faculty, staff and community.
 
Shawn Johnson earned an individual gold medal in the balance beam and three silver medals in the individual all-around, floor exercise and team categories at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. In 2009, Johnson became the youngest contestant to ever compete on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, becoming the champion of season eight.  In 2012, Johnson published her book, Winning Balance and announced her retirement from competitive gymnastics following a knee injury.
 
Johnson is involved in a number of philanthropic activities with animal and children’s charities, as well as working with cancer charities, particularly those that affect women and children. She's also involved in programs that help build good character amongst youth across the country.
 
Winning Balance can be purchased at Barnes & Noble at UNC Charlotte or in Cone Center's After Hours on the night of the event.

 


February 9, 2015

Beach sunset silhouette of Norm

Dining Hours Monday March 2 - Friday March 6

Dining Hours Saturday March 7 - Sunday March 8

Spring Break Bookstore Hours

PaTS Services over Spring Break

REPROS Copy Center Spring Break Hours

Dining Hours Monday March 2 – Friday March 6

  Mo 3/2 Tu 3/3 We 3/4 Th 3/5 Fr 3/6
ATKINS LIBRARY
 Library Café 7:30 AM-4:30 PM 7:30 AM-4:30 PM 7:30 AM-4:30 PM 7:30 AM-4:30 PM 7:30 AM-4:30 PM
PORTAL
 Orbis Grille 7:30 AM-3:00 PM 7:30 AM-3:00 PM 7:30 AM-3:00 PM 7:30 AM-3:00 PM 7:30 AM-3:00 PM
FRETWELL
 Fretwell Café CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
CONE CENTER - MAIN ST.
 Au Bon Pain  Soups CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
 Bojangles' CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
 Subway CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
 Use Your  Noodle/Sushi  CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
PROSPECTOR
 Chick-fil-A Express 7:30 AM-5:00 PM 7:30 AM-5:00 PM 7:30 AM-5:00 PM 8:00 AM-5:00 PM 7:30 AM-3:00 PM
 Feisty's 10:30 AM-3:00 PM 10:30 AM-3:00 PM 10:30 AM-3:00 PM 10:30 AM-3:00 PM 10:30 AM-3:00 PM
 Gold Room 11:00 AM-2:00 PM 11:00 AM-2:00 PM 11:00 AM-2:00 PM 11:00 AM-2:00 PM 11:00 AM-2:00 PM
 Mamma Leone's 10:30 AM-3:00 PM 10:30 AM-3:00 PM 10:30 AM-3:00 PM 10:30 AM-3:00 PM 10:30 AM-3:00 PM
 Mondo Sub CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
 Salsarita's 10:00 AM-3:00 PM 10:00 AM-3:00 PM 10:00 AM-3:00 PM 10:00 AM-3:00 PM 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
 Za-tar 10:00 AM-3:00 PM 10:00 AM-3:00 PM 10:00 AM-3:00 PM 10:00 AM-3:00 PM 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
 Soup/salad 10:30 AM-3:00 PM 10:30 AM-3:00 PM 10:30 AM-3:00 PM 10:30 AM-3:00 PM 10:30 AM-3:00 PM
 Continental  Breakfast bar 8:00 AM-10:30 AM 8:00 AM-10:30 AM 8:00 AM-10:30 AM 8:00 AM-10:30 AM 8:00 AM-10:30 AM
SOUTH VILLAGE CROSSING
 SoVi   breakfast CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
           brunch
           lunch CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
           dinner CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
 SoVi2Go CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
 SoVi Market +  Bakery CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
 The Den CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
BARNHARDT SAC
 Papa John's *CLOSED *CLOSED *CLOSED *CLOSED *CLOSED
STUDENT UNION
 Bistro 49 CLOSED 10:30 AM-2:00 PM 10:30 AM-2:00 PM 10:30 AM-2:00 PM 10:30 AM-2:00 PM
 Crown Commons CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
 Einstein Bagels CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
 Mamma Leone's CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
 Outtakes 9:00 AM-5:00 PM 9:00 AM-5:00 PM 9:00 AM-5:00 PM 9:00 AM-5:00 PM 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
 Starbucks 8:00 AM-4:00 PM 8:00 AM-4:00 PM 8:00 AM-4:00 PM 8:00 AM-4:00 PM 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
 Wendy's CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
CENTER CITY
 Einstein Bagels CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED

* DB accepted at the Papa Johns on J.W. Clay Blvd., 704-503-5032 when the Papa John's SAC location is closed. (Driver tips can not be paid with DB).

Dining Hours Saturday March 7 – Sunday March 8

  Sa 3/7 Su 3/8
ATKINS LIBRARY
 Library Café 1:00 PM-4:30 PM 12:00 PM-11:00 PM
PORTAL
 Orbis Grille CLOSED CLOSED
FRETWELL
 Fretwell Café CLOSED CLOSED
CONE CENTER - MAIN ST.
 Au Bon Pain Soups CLOSED CLOSED
 Bojangles' CLOSED CLOSED
 Subway CLOSED CLOSED
 Use Your Noodle/Sushi  CLOSED CLOSED
PROSPECTOR
 Chick-fil-A Express CLOSED CLOSED
 Feisty's CLOSED CLOSED
 Gold Room CLOSED CLOSED
 Mamma Leone's CLOSED CLOSED
 Mondo Sub CLOSED CLOSED
 Salsarita's CLOSED CLOSED
 Za'tar CLOSED CLOSED
 Soup/salad CLOSED CLOSED
 Continental Breakfast bar CLOSED CLOSED
SOUTH VILLAGE CROSSING
 SoVi  breakfast CLOSED CLOSED
           brunch CLOSED CLOSED
           lunch CLOSED CLOSED
           dinner CLOSED 5:00 PM-8:30 PM
 SoVi2Go CLOSED CLOSED
 SoVi Market + Bakery CLOSED 1:00 PM-11:30 PM
 The Den CLOSED 3:00 PM-2:00 AM
BARNHARDT SAC
 Papa John's *CLOSED *CLOSED
STUDENT UNION
 Bistro 49 CLOSED CLOSED
 Crown Commons CLOSED 5:00 PM-8:30 PM
 Einstein Bros. Bagels CLOSED CLOSED
 Mamma Leone's CLOSED CLOSED
 Outtakes 10:30 AM-12:30 AM 10:30 AM-12:30 AM
 Starbucks 9:00 AM-4:00 PM 11:00 AM-7:00 PM
 Wendy's CLOSED 11:00 AM-12:30 AM
 CENTER CITY
 Einstein Bros. Bagels CLOSED CLOSED

* DB accepted at the Papa Johns on J.W. Clay Blvd., 704-503-5032 when the Papa John's SAC location is closed. (Driver tips can not be paid with DB).

Barnes & Noble at UNC Charlotte Bookstore Hours

  Sa 2/28 Su 3/1  Mo 3/2 – Fr 3/6  Sa 3/7
Student Union 10:00 AM-5:00 PM CLOSED 8:00 AM-5:00 PM 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Center City CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED

Parking and Transportation Services

  • Permits required and enforced over Spring Break; temporary permits are available from the PaTS Office for $6 per day.
  • No shuttle service Monday March 2 - Friday March 6
  • SafeRide, both daytime disability and evening safety transportation, will operate on regular schedule throughout Spring Break.

REPROS Copy Center

Sa 2/28 – Su 3/1 Mo 3/2 – Fr 3/6 Sa 3/7
CLOSED 7:30 AM-5:00 PM CLOSED

 


February 5, 2015

When: Saturday, February 14  |  5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Conceptual photo of two hearts on either side of crossed forks

Treat yourself and the object of your affection to a beautifully prepared three-course dinner at Bistro 49 in the Student Union. Chef Jason is presenting a delicious menu that would cost far more in an off-campus restaurant. Best of all, those on a meal plan can put an "equivalency swipe" toward the price. For just $18.50 or 1-meal swipe + $8.50 per person, you and your beloved will enjoy:

First Course

  • Grilled Caesar Salad with Avocado Caesar Dressing, or
  • Tomato Basil Bisque

Entrées 

  • Steak au Poivre: Grilled Tenderloin Steak with Peppercorn Cream Sauce, 
  • Grilled Salmon with Chive Butter and Pineapple Relish, 
  • Penne à la Vodka with Spinach and Wild Mushrooms, or
  • Pan Seared Chicken Marsala.

Desserts

  • Tiramisù Mousse, 
  • Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, or
  • Cheesecake Morsels.

So, make it a date with your sweetheart or gather friends to represent for the singles. (Anti-Valentines? Love yourself and eat something wonderful!)  You may even bring your own wine (must be 21+, of course). 

Make your reservation soon at Bistro 49, second floor, Student Union, between 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM. An $8.50 booking fee (per person) will hold your reservation.

For questions, contact Samantha Cuevas, Samantha.Cuevas@uncc.edu, 704-687-0693.


January 30, 2015

February 14 is the day when it's perfectly acceptable (maybe even expected) to express affection, and we can't help it, we heart icon Norm! In fact, we want the traditional red and pink of Valentine's Day to make room for Charlotte GREEN.

image of 4 valentines featuring mascot, Norm.

 

So here's a PDF icon PDF of valentines featuring our beloved mascot. Just download, print and cut on the dotted lines to yield 4 different Valentines for giving. 

More ways to share the love:

  • REPROS copy center (lower level, Prospector) has the paper valentines already printed, cut and packaged in sets of 8, FREE as long as they last.* 
  • Mail & Package Services (lower level, Prospector) has "I pick you" Valentine's postcards, FREE while they last.* They also have LOVE Forever stamps for sale. USPS
  • Union Station (main level, Student Union) is offering a Valentine's Day balloon bouquet special; get one mylar and two latex balloons for only $3.25; balloon selection. Union Station also has the "I pick you" postcards, FREE for the asking*! 
  • Go to the Auxiliary Services at UNC Charlotte Facebook page for jpeg images you can download for social sharing.

Enjoy!

* limit 2 per person, please.


January 13, 2015

Dining Hours for the weekend of the MLK Observance, January 16-19:

  Fri 1/16 Sat 1/17 Sun 1/18 Mon 1/19
ATKINS LIBRARY
Library Café 7:30 AM-4:30 PM 11:00 AM-7:00 PM 12:00 PM-11:00 PM CLOSED
PORTAL
Orbis Grille 7:30 AM-3:30 PM CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
FRETWELL
Fretwell Café 7:30 AM-3:30 PM CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
CONE CENTER MAIN ST. MKT.
Au Bon Pain Soups 10:30 AM-3:00 PM CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Bojangles' 7:30 AM-3:00 PM CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Subway 7:30 AM-3:00 PM CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Use Your Noodle/Sushi  10:30 AM-3:00 PM CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
PROSECTOR
Chick-fil-a 7:30 AM-3:00 PM 10:30 AM-3:00 PM CLOSED CLOSED
Feisty's 10:30 AM-3:00 PM CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Gold Room 11:00 AM-2:00 PM CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Mamma Leone's 10:00 AM-3:00 PM CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Mondo Sub 10:00 AM-3:00 PM CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Salsarita's 10:00 AM-3:00 PM CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Za'tar 10:00 AM-3:00 PM CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Soup/Salad 10:30 AM-3:00 PM CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Cont. breakfast bar 8:00 AM-10:30 AM CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
SOUTH VILLAGE CROSSING
SoVi  Breakfast 7:30 AM-10:00 AM
SoVi Brunch 10:30 AM-5:00 PM 10:30 AM-5:00 PM 10:30 AM-5:00 PM
SoVi Lunch 10:30 AM-2:00 PM
SoVi Dinner 5:00 PM-8:30 PM 5:00 PM-8:30 PM 5:00 PM-8:30 PM 5:00 PM-8:30 PM
SoVi2Go 8:30 AM-5:00 PM CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
SoVi Market + Bakery 7:30 AM-11:30 PM 1:00 PM-11:30 PM 1:00 PM-11:30 PM 1:00 PM-11:30 PM
The Den by Denny's 3:00 PM-2:00 AM 3:00 PM-11:00 PM 3:00 PM-11:00 PM 3:00 PM-11:00 PM
SAC
Papa John's *CLOSED *CLOSED *CLOSED *CLOSED
STUDENT UNION
Bistro 49 10:30 AM-3:00 PM CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Crown Commons 7:30 AM-8:30 PM 10:30 AM-8:30 PM 10:30 AM-8:30 PM 10:30 AM-8:30 PM
Einstein Bros. Bagels 7:30 AM-3:00 PM CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Mamma Leone's 11:AM-7:00 PM CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Outtakes 9:00 AM-12:30 AM 11:00 AM-12:30 AM 10:30 AM-12:30 AM 10:00 AM-12:30 AM
Starbucks 7:30 AM-6:00 PM 9:00 AM-4:00 PM 11:00 AM-7:00 PM CLOSED
Wendy's 10:30 AM-12:30 AM 11:00 AM-12:30 AM 11:00 AM-12:30 AM 10:30 AM-12:30 AM
CENTER CITY 
Einstein Bros. Bagels 8:30 AM-2:00 PM CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED

* DB accepted at the Papa Johns on J.W. Clay Blvd., 704-503-5032 when the Papa John's SAC location is closed. (Driver tips can not be paid with DB

Other Service Exceptions 

  • No SafeRide evening services Sunday evening, January 18
  • Barnes & Noble at UNC Charlotte will be CLOSED Monday January 19.
  • The PaTS Call Center  CLOSED Monday January 19.
  • No CATS Campus Shuttle Monday January 19.

And remember, the 6th Annual 49ers4Life campus-wide blood drive is Tuesday, January 20. Please, if you can give, plan to do so!

49ers4Life blood drive logo

Walk-in or make an appointment at redcrossblood.org. Use sponsor code 49ers4Life.


January 8, 2015

Cooked in the back, served in the front

RDH was the quintessential college cafeteria, where, except for the grill station, food was cooked in the back and self-served from a long line of steam tables out front.

2008 photo of students eating at RDH

Enter the food court

As campus grew, so did our dining program. National brands started popping up on colleges and universities and UNC Charlotte welcomed several. Today, with Bojangles’, Chick-fil-A, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Salsarita’s, Subway, Starbucks and Wendy’s, UNCC has more popular fast dining choices than most small towns! 

photo of Salsarita's in Prospector's upper food court

The cafeteria model becomes, well, toast

Then in 2009, Crown Commons in the Student Union opened and meal plan/dining hall service changed in a big way. Crown Commons has a lot less kitchen equipment placed “back-of-the-house.” Much of the food is cooked in full view at ‘action’ stations. This allows for lots of customization and a far more personal dining experience. You see what you’re getting to eat and you watch someone make it for you.

photo of Crown Commons staff person holding plate of freshly prepared food

Now, South Village Crossing’s dining hall, SoVi, embraces culinary trends that have emerged since Crown Commons was built. This is not about keeping up with food-fashion but:

  • Is in response to consumer demand for healthier dining options;
  • An adaptation to the cultural shift of more frequent, smaller meals throughout the day;
  • Provides portion size awareness;
  • Is sustainable and conserves ecological balance in food production, preparation and reduction of waste;
  • Maximizes value for “unlimited” meal plans by allowing more frequent dining and snacking throughout the day and evening;
  • Adopts restaurant trends of “plating” food for enhanced visual appeal.

Photo of South Village Crossing, bridge view

SoVi is new and unexpected

SoVi dining hall at South Village Crossing incorporates all this and more in its model. There’s very little “back-of-the-house” food preparation. In fact, all that’s really behind walls is refrigeration, prep tables and sinks — no cooking equipment. Cooking is done at modern action stations like the Teppanyaki griddle, Evo cooktops and in gas-fired hearth ovens. This equipment is designed for small-batch and healthy cooking methods and offers chefs the flexibility to interact with patrons and customize dishes according to diner preferences.

Photo of the Asian

Big taste on little plates

What’s really different is that meals are made in smaller batches and served tapas-style on small plates. Benefits of this are:

  • Conscious eating - Large servings on nine-inch dinner plates often leads to overeating because people tend to eat the food that’s in front of them, even after they feel full.   
  • Portion awareness – realistic, single portions provide a consistent reference point. It’s easier to shape a balanced meal with individually portioned plates as units, opposed to a plate piled with randomly measured food.
  • Bright flavor – achieved through small-batch cooking. Taking a cue from the artisanal foods movement, dishes are made with craftsman-like care; freshness and quality are the watchwords, not bulk or quantity.
  • Appealing presentation – small plates of food look appetizing and composed, elevating the dining experience to something nicer and more personal.
  • Waste reduction - smaller portions lead diners to throw away less.

Fresh pizza from the hearth oven as served at SoVi

It’s odd at first to see little plates in a dining hall, but then you realize how easy it is to gather a nice variety of flavors. The result is a meal that looks and tastes like it was prepared just for you. And small plate presentation is not at all restrictive. You can go back for more of anything you want, as many times as you’d like.

But wait! There’s more! SoVi2Go, SoVi Market + Bakery and The Den by Denny’s

On weekdays, SoVi dining closes from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm to reset and get ready for dinner, while SoVi2Go, located upstairs, offers meals to go and meal swipes are accepted (as are DB and ODA). Here’s how SoVi2Go works:

  • Fill a reusable container with featured entrees that are currently being served at SoVi Dining (including beverage and dessert); or get
  • hot soups-of-the-day, fresh salads and fruit.
  • SoVi2Go provides a meal plan dining option during the weekday reset down periods at SoVi, and also extends dinner serving time until 9:00 pm Mondays – Thursdays

photo of SoVi 2 go wallpaper

SoVi Market + Bakery offers a large daily assortment of pastries, tarts, cupcakes, macaroons, cakes (whole or sliced), individual trifles, muffins, and cookies, along with convenience items, beverages, snacks, candies, grab-and-go sandwiches and salads, and a variety of specialty meals and snacks. *

SoVi Market + Bakery - Market portion photo 

Bakery items at SoVi Market + Bakery

The Den brings Denny’s favorite tastes to UNC Charlotte, from breakfast-all-day favorites like the Original Grand Slam and Slamwich, to hand-smashed burgers (including the "MecklenBurger," created just for UNC Charlotte) and a mouthwatering selection of sandwiches, signature salads, burritos and munchies. Menu

The Den is a true late-night dining option, with hours until 2:00 am. *

photo taken in The Den by Denny's in South Village Crossing

If you haven’t yet gone over to see South Village Crossing you should make a point to do so, soon. The building is beautiful and it’s got lovely views from expansive terraces, cozy lounge areas warmed by fireplaces, and a great vibe that feels like nowhere else but UNC Charlotte.

We hope you come to eat and enjoy all the facility has to offer. While the differences may take some getting used to, we think you’ll walk away saying, “I could get used to this!”

Additional info, contacts for questions and helpful links:

  • Both the Green Line (Rt. 49) and Yellow Line (Rt. 47) serve the South Village area. Here’s where you can find a list of shuttle stops and don’t forget, the UNCCNextRide app and website (nextride.uncc.edu) show where the buses are so you’ll know when to walk out to the nearest stop.
  • For questions/comments/suggestions regarding South Village Crossing and UNC Charlotte campus dining:

For nutritional information about UNC Charlotte’s dining program:

For questions about meal plans:

10 Tips for healthy eating in a dining hall PDF (a USDA publication)

* SoVi Market + Bakery and The Den accept DB, ODA, 49er Account, cash, debit or charge cards. SoVi dining hall and SoVi2Go accept meal plan swipes, DB, ODA, 49er Account, cash and debit/charge cards.

 


January 5, 2015

Permits are required to park anytime the University is open.  

Unable to buy a permit right away?

If you are waiting on a financial aid refund or other funds before purchasing a permit, you may buy a temporary permit to hold you over. Price is $6 per day for as many days as you think you'll need. Temporary permits are not available for online purchase.

If you bought a full-time permit last semester (C, R, G, 6A or L27), your permit will not expire until 8/14/15. Expiration date is on the back of our permit.

New students and students with Night and Two-day permits (which are sold by the semester):

  • Permits for spring semester are available for purchase online (credit or debit card only). 
  • Permits ordered by midnight will be available for pick-up the next day.

Documents needed to purchase a parking permit:

  • 49er ID Card
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Driver’s License
  • Proof of Vehicle Insurance

Student permit purchase/express pick-up at the Student Union (including temporary permits):

Student Union 1st Floor Art Gallery Mon Jan 5 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Student Union 1st Floor Art Gallery Tue Jan 6 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Student Union 1st Floor Art Gallery Wed Jan 7 8:00 am-6:00 pm
Student Union 1st Floor Art Gallery Thu Jan 8 8:00 am-6:00 pm
PaTS Office (#23 campus map) Fri Jan 9 7:30 am-5:00 pm

Permit Prices

$280  Full year beginning with spring semester
$130  Night Permit per semester (spring)
$260  Night Permit (spring and summer)
$15  Registration of multiple vehicles

 


December 11, 2014

Photo of Patrick Wisniewski in front of 49ers4Life Blood Drive poster at UNCC bus shelter

It has been a very long time since I have given blood. 

The first time I gave blood was in high school back in 2010. I was very nervous and did not really know much about the process. I signed up at the last minute and away I went. In the gym I read the requirements and prepared to donate for the first time. What I didn’t know was that I should have eaten breakfast before donating. 

To quote the everlasting exclamation of the valiant Scoobert Doo, “Ruh Roh Raggy!"

I was doing pretty well and everything was fine... until I blacked out. My memories of waking up afterwards were as jumbled as Leonard’s in Memento. What I do remember is waking up to a fan blowing in my face, my friend Matthew asking if I was OK, and the nurse pouring Coca-Cola in my mouth to raise my sugar levels (which I am not complaining about, Coke is awesome). 

You are probably thinking two things right now: Did he really make a Memento reference? Why is he telling me this awful story? This makes me not want to give blood. 

I have two responses: 

  1. Yes. I did. 
  2. Don’t be scared. 

The reason I am admitting to passing out is to let you know that sometimes the unexpected happens, but it’s no big deal. Even you laughing at me isn’t too bad. Hey, I WAS THE TALK OF THE GYMNASIUM AND GOT FREE SODA! I pushed through my squeamishness to save three lives. That’s what is most important. I overcame my fear and did something bigger than me. I even played a full game of rugby later on that day. 

After that I donated a few times at an American Red Cross center with intentions to continue, however, I did not keep that pledge. College got busy, work got busy, life got busy. Time just drifted away from me. But now I’m reminded reminded of how important blood donation is. 

Auxiliary Services is a sponsor for the 49ers4Life campus-wide blood drive and, as the intern who produces Aux video content, I’m creating spots for the drive. I would love it if my work would help convince others to come out and donate as well. So, of course, I am starting with me. I’ve signed up to donate on January 20. Will you please consider joining me? 

Why should you donate? There are many reasons but here are a few: 

  • Blood can’t be made. It can only be given. 
  • You are helping people who really need it. Cancer patients, premature babies, and car crash victims are only a few of the people who benefit from blood donation. 
  • You can save lives by just sitting down and giving a small part of your time and self. 
  • This drive is special because students, faculty, and staff come together as a community — One Niner Nation — to do something extraordinary for others. 

The 6th Annual 49ers4Life campus-wide blood drive will take place in the Student Activities Center on Tuesday, January 20 from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm. To register, go to redcrossblood.org and search for the drive using the code: “49ers4life.” I hope to see you there! 

— Patrick Wisniewski

icon for 49ers4Life Blood Drive

Please join me in supporting UNC Charlotte's 6th Annual Campus-wide Blood Drive

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Barnhardt Student Activity Center

Patrick Wisniewski is a graduate student at UNC Charlotte and also works as Marketing Communications Intern for Business Services. He'll be "sleeves up and bleeding green" on January 20. Here's the first video spot he made for the 49ers4LifeDrive with fellow student (and 49erCard Office student worker), Ariel Martin.