Accolades & News Stories
The renovation of The Atrium at Eickhoff has not only stolen the attention of our students, faculty and staff, it has also been the topic of discussion among food industry magazines, local newspapers, and food service professionals all along the east coast. Featuring the most innovative concepts in campus residential dining, The Atrium at Eickhoff has created a buzz and become a place for college and university administrators to visit for inspiration. This page celebrates the many places The Atrium at Eickhoff has been recognized in the media. Be sure to check back, because we're not done impressing everyone yet!
The Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) are charged through federal mandate to serve the jobseekers and businesses of Mercer County. The WDB acts as a Board of Directors to identify the needs of the local job market, leverage resources, bring in local partners, oversee the One Stop Career Centers, and direct workforce investment programs. The WDB performs its function primarily through its committees – one of which is the Disabilities issues Committee.
Each year the WDB Disabilities Issues Committee recognizes employers that have demonstrated a commitment to hiring and supporting individuals with disabilities. For the year of 2018, Sodexo at The College of New Jersey was nominated and chosen as a winner for their commitment to hiring and supporting individuals with disabilities.
In January 2018, NJ.com published an article for its New Jersey Education segment, "Where innovation is on the menu", discussing the involvement of students in renovating The Atrium at Eickhoff dining hall and making changes to menus across campus. Students are also asked to provide feedback on the dining program, including for special events in the dining hall as well as in national evaluation programs, to ensure the program meets the wants and needs of the TCNJ community. TCNJ Dining Services plans much of its programming and special events to highlight the diversity of the campus community.
In Summer 2017, Campus Dining Today highlighted TCNJ Dining Services' Honorable Mention for "Residential Dining - Best Special Event".
FoodService Director is the premier magazine for informing non-commercial food service operators about innovations and innovators through trends, news and insights. The Dining Services team was featured in the magazine for the "Compounds & Cuisine" lunch event which was part of TCNJ's Week of Science. Dining Services partnered with the Chemistry department on campus to showcase techniques in molecular gastronomy like gelification, turning liquids into powder and making ice cream from liquid nitrogen.
Read the full article here.
You can learn more about these great events by visiting our Community Partnerships page.
Food Management magazine is an industry magazine written for food service directors, managers, and chefs that provide the latest news & trends related to food service operations within the noncommercial food service industry
The Atrium at Eickhoff was first featured in an article "Seoul Food" in the January edition of the magazine. The article spoke about the recent trend of Korean barbecue, and how well it fits along-side foods you'd traditionally find in campus dining halls. This style of cooking is one featured at 91.3 Wokery, one of the most popular restaurants in the dining hall that features a 90" Mongolian Grill. Our Catering Chef, Hee Taek Kim was quoted as saying "Korean barbecue goes very well with all other ethnic cuisines, too," he says. "Once you understand the balance of sweet and savory flavors, its really very easy to have it interplay with other styles of food. We fuse Korean barbecue with Mexican and American cuisines. We'll serve it in a burrito or as a steak salad or grilled steak sandwich. It can also be fused very well with Italian pastas."
Read the full article here
TCNJ's Atrium at Eickhoff is also a featured gallery on the Food Management website! Visit the gallery here.
The winners of Food Management’s 2011 “Best Concept” awards competition—which pitted the College’s dining hall against 150 other entrants from colleges, universities, hospitals, and business accounts—was honored at a ceremony in Dallas at the annual IDEAS Conference in September.
Read the full article here.
Read the announcement of our win here.
Karen Roth, Director of Dining Services for TCNJ, was quoted as saying, "We know based on feedback from students that they wanted fresh food prepared in front of them…The biggest thing they wanted was access to the fresher foods." This is exactly what TCNJ students were given with the renovation. Most platforms give students the option of creating a completely custom meal from a wide variety of fresh ingredients.Read the full article here on Nation's Restaurant News website
September 2009 - A resolution commending the Dining Services Committee for improving the dining program for students.
September 2011 - A commendation recognizing Sodexo and the Dining Services Committee for recent accomplishments related to the recent renovations to The Atrium at Eickhoff.
February 2012 - A commendation recognizing Joanna Brunell, Marketing Manager, and the staff of the Library Cafe for the efforts in making the Drink Responsibly campaign a successful event and for supporting Student Government efforts to bring about positive change on campus.
In addition, in 2012, TCNJ Dining's Marketing Manager, Joanna Brunell was awarded the first ever Outstanding Staff Member of the Year award, alongside Karen Roth, Director of Dining Services with the College, who was awarded the first ever Administrator of the Year award in the Spring of 2012.