Bowling Green dining hall changes bring in more community members

The Oaks and Carillon Place has added more parking, booster seats and children's pricing to accommodate community members.

Dec. 2—Students aren’t the only people lining up to pile food on their plates at University dining halls.

Ever since The Oaks and Carillon Place opened their doors in 2011, more members of the community have been choosing to eat their meals on campus.

Dining Services has used a “deliberate strategy” during the past two years to expose dining halls as viable options to community members, said Mike Paulus, director of Dining Services.

Before The Oaks complex, it was a challenge to get community members to eat on campus because of a lack of parking, Paulus said. The location of The Oaks at the corner of campus and the addition of more parking has led to an increase in community members, he said.

Dunkin’ Donuts has also helped attract members of the community who make up 32 percent of the restaurant’s sales, he said.