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Housing and Food Services - West Lafayette Campus

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  • University Residences' is the largest housing operation in the country with no live-in requirement for students at any point in their education. Approximately 90% of beginning students voluntarily choose to live in University Residences, and about 30% of the total student body lives in the 14 housing units.

  • University Residences Dining Services served 3,627,253 meals during the 2007-08 fiscal year.

  • University Residences collaborated with various academic areas in offering 23 learning communities for approximately 900 students.

  • Over 9,400 residential life programs were offered in University Residences, with more than 127,000 attendees.

  • University Residences was awarded the 2008 Arthur G. Hansen Award by the Purdue University Retirees Association in recognition for programs involving retirees.

  • The Purdue Memorial Union completed a $7 million comprehensive renovation to its retail dining services area on the ground floor of the Union . Venues offer a wide variety of ethnic, vegetarian and organic choices, and traditional favorites in an upscale, urban-marketplace setting.

  • Purdue Memorial Union's retail dining venues posted 902,288 transactions. Eight satellite dining venues operated across campus by the Union , and those venues realized 488,823 transactions.

  • The Purdue Memorial Union Visitor Information Center kiosk provided assistance to over 12,000 visitors.

  • The Union Club Hotel, with 192 rooms, is the largest hotel in the greater Lafayette area. Last year, 42,504 room nights were occupied; in addition, an online hotel reservation system was launched.

  • Housing and Food Services Web sites had over 1 million visits to the welcome pages of the various operational areas.

  • In fall 2007, the National Association of College Auxiliary Services presented its Golden Award to Housing and Food Services in recognition of its diversity initiatives. Innovative diversity programming was offered over 90 times, including programs for other University departments.

  • Food Stores processed 364,322 pounds of proteins, including beef, cheese and deli meats in 2007-08. Food Stores supports academic areas by storing food items that are used in research studies, and is part of the Libraries' emergency plan since books damaged by water during a fire can be recovered when flash-frozen.

  • HFS Marketing and Communications received two Addy Awards from the North Central Ad Federation for its creation of a new University Residences Web site and retail dining promotions.

  • Hall of Music Productions was recognized for excellence in communication and design with several awards, including three gold, two silver, a Judge's Choice and the People's Choice Addys from the North Central Ad Federation. A gold Addy was received in regional competition. Other awards were three silver Communicator Awards presented by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, and two bronze Telly Awards.

  • In collaboration with IDIS Film and Video Studios in the College of Liberal Arts , the Hall of Music Productions teaches five courses in video production.

  • Boiler Television created a series of public service announcements that encouraged students to recycle, reduce energy usage and avoid illegal downloading of music files and illegal file sharing.

  • In the past academic year, Purdue Student Union Board sponsored 66 events with over 23,000 in attendance.

  • Purdue Memorial Union and Stewart Center hosted 18,105 events consisting of student organization meetings, conferences, community events, academic and administrative sessions, and wedding receptions. The Catering & Events Department catered 5,147 events with 1,241 of those across the Purdue campus. The department employs over 150 students and acts as an advanced service practicum for Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) students.

  • The Union Rack n Roll had over 101,000 games of bowling and over 9,100 hours of billiards played.

Source: Housing and Food Services Marketing and Communications


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