Countdown To Columbia

In This Newsletter

  • Student Insights: Dining Tips from the NSOP Chair
  • COLUMBIA 101 Online
  • Healthy Eating and Nutritional Resources
  • Food Allergies
  • Changes to Your Dining Plan
  • Flex Dollars
  • Special Diets
  • Sustainable Purchasing
  • Community Outreach
  • Reuse & Recycling
  • Stay Connected
  • Summer Reading
  • Upcoming Events
  • Important Dates

Welcome to Columbia Dining! We have been busy this summer preparing for your arrival, cooking up new recipes, refreshing our facilities and gearing up for our fall special events.

At Columbia Dining we understand the diversity of student life. One day you need to grab a quick bite on the way to class and the next day you want to enjoy dinner with friends. To meet all of your needs we offer a wide variety of options that allow you to dine according to your lifestyle and schedule. The common thread, of course, is that you will always enjoy fresh, healthy, and delicious food. We can’t wait for you to experience all that we have to offer.   

As you get to know Columbia Dining, below are just a few delicious details we’d like to share.

Sincerely,
Columbia Dining

Charles Sanky, Student Chair, New Student Orientation Program

Student Insights: Dining Tips from the NSOP Chair

As a rising junior at Columbia, I have already enrolled in a dining plan that works best for me. Dining halls and cafes throughout campus are not only convenient throughout busy days of classes, clubs, and studying, but also provide great opportunities to socialize with friends and classmates.

Through offering a wide variety of food catered to various dietary restrictions and constantly working upon student feedback, Columbia Dining works to provide the best service for all students.

News & Announcements

COLUMBIA 101 Online

If your schedule did not align with a COLUMBIA 101 event, consider joining one of the four webinars being hosted by the Center for Student Advising this July and August. Dining will not be covered, but there will be food for thought as you discuss your academic planning. Stay tuned for the schedule!

Healthy Eating and Nutritional Resources

Did you know that Columbia Dining has a Registered Dietitian on staff? Kristie Koerner is available both on campus and online to address questions and concerns regarding your nutrition and dietary needs, including food allergies and intolerances, weight management, modified diets, and more.

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Food Allergies

Registered Dietitian Kristie Koerner consults one-on-one with students who have food allergies and the culinary team to develop a personalized meal plan. Our culinary and kitchen teams are educated on various food allergies and sensitivities and are trained to prevent cross-contamination.

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Changes to Your Dining Plan

Changes to your 2014/2015 Dining plan are permitted August 27-September 10, 2014. You may access the online form at that time. There is a $25 fee to change plans. Note that we are unable to accept cancellations or offer refunds.

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Flex Dollars

Flex is a dollar-for-dollar declining balance account accessed through your Columbia University ID card that can be used at 12 on-campus dining locations, the University bookstore, copy machines, laundry facilities, vending machines, and purchases at many off-campus locations.

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Special Diets

We work to accommodate as many special diets as possible, including a large population of vegetarian and vegan diners. Kosher and Halal meal plans are also available to students.

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Sustainable Purchasing

Approximately 52% of all food served is purchased from vendors within 250 miles of the Morningside campus. A New York City Greenmarket and area farms work with Columbia Dining to bring area vegetables, milk, honey, baked goods, and more to our students.

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Community Outreach

Columbia Dining donates food and equipment to surrounding churches, homeless shelters, and soup kitchens. Dining Services also makes a contribution to a local community organization for each response received in the annual Dining Customer Service Satisfaction Survey.

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Reuse & Recycling

Dining services recycles more than one million bottles and cans as well as more than 150,000 cardboard boxes each year. We also practice a number of other environmentally sound procedures, including composting, recycling cooking oil into biodiesel fuel, and have abandoned the use of trays in our facilities.

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Stay Connected

Like Columbia Dining on Facebook to stay in the know on the latest Dining news, special events, contests, and behind the scenes access. And download our Dine@CU iPhone app for on-the-go menus, nutrition calculator, and more.

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Summer Reading

If you didn't have the chance to pick up your summer reading at a COLUMBIA 101, check with your local library for availability or Columbia College students may access an electronic version of the Iliad of Homer: books 1-7.

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Upcoming Events

Jul
12
New Student Send-off: Cleveland, OH
Jul
12
New Student Send-off: Portland, OR
Jul
15
New Student Send-off; London
Jul
24
New Student Send-off: Washington, D.C.
Jul
27
New Student Send-off: Plymouth, MN
Aug
2
New Student Send-off: Staten Island, NY
Aug
2
New Student Send-off: Tampa, FL
Aug
6
New Student Send-off: New York City
Aug
9
New Student Send-off: Costa Mesa, CA
Aug
9
New Student Send-off: Atlanta, GA
Aug
9
New Student Send-off: Long Island, NY
Aug
9
New Student Send-off: San Antonio, TX
Aug
10
New Student Send-off: Phoenix, AZ
Aug
10
New Student Send-off: Cincinnati, OH
Aug
17
New Student Send-off: Morristown, NJ

Important Dates

Aug
1
Submit proof of MMR immunity (30 Days Before Class Registration)
Aug
1
Certify Your Meningitis Vaccination Decision (30 Days Before Class Registration)
Aug
1
Submit Photo for University ID Card
Aug
8
Deadline to Sign Up an Authorized Payer
Aug
12
First Fall Tuition Bill Generated
Aug
17
CUE Pre-orientation Move-in
Aug
20
COÖP and ISOP Pre-orientation Move-in
Aug
24
Move-in Day One
Aug
25
Move-in Day Two
Aug
25
New Student Orientation Program Begins (through 9/1)
Aug
25
Family Orientation and Convocation
Sep
2
First Day of Fall Semester
Sep
12
First Fall Semester Tuition Bill Due
Sep
19
Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan: Confirm, Upgrade, or Request a Waiver

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