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handwritten thank you

Write “thank you” on every paycheck. This era tends to text thank-yous, but a handwritten note goes a long way. You can’t just preach it; it’s an active thing.

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Clark Dining Hall at NCSU is teaming with the NCSU Biodiesel Club to reuse the waste fryer oil to make biodiesel for use on the NCSU Farm. This biodiesel is a nontoxic and biodegradable fuel that...

We didn’t want a lot of clutter in our “kitchen” area of the dining hall, which is where students can make their own waffles and get self-serve cereal. Instead of having...

We collaborated with our sustainable dining interns to create a “Basic Cooking Techniques” cooking class certification, which ranged from knife skills and sanitation to soups,...

Summer innovations for us included a Hamptons Lunch. We offered a lobster bake with lobsters cooked to order, corn, potatoes, clams, etc. It’s one of our signature events, and everyone...

I needed to hire staff, so I worked with human resources to create speed interviewing. In two hours we interviewed 10 possible candidates and were able to hire eight of them on the spot. Through five...

We had administration, faculty and students compete against each other to learn about fiber. Students had four fiber-related tasks to complete, such as building a fiber cereal pyramid. The...

At one of the high schools there is a student advisory/food council. This group advocates for the school nutrition program. The students also do product testing and have made a video about the...

Each month we send out a four-color menu to every elementary household. In addition to the menu there is an article from our dietitian about healthy dining behaviors. The back is a coloring sheet...

This year we featured a “Groundhog Day” movie trivia contest and served a traditional German meal to celebrate what was traditionally known as Candlemas Day, which was introduced...

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