Winners for 2011 Loyal E. Horton Awards announced

May 25—The National Association of College and University Food Services has announced the winners of its annual Loyal E. Horton awards. Grand-prize winners will be announced at the association’s national conference, which will be held in Dallas July 13-16.

Residential Dining Concepts

Small School

Gold: Concordia College

Silver: Hendrix College

Medium School

Gold: Case Western Reserve University

Silver: Cleveland State University

Bronze: Kansas State University

Honorable Mention: Azusa Pacific University

Large School

Gold: University of Michigan

Silver: North Carolina State University

Bronze: University of Georgia

Honorable Mention: University of Rhode Island

Residential Dining—Special Event

Small School

Gold: Alfred State College

Silver: Bryn Mawr College and Hendrix College

Bronze: Ferrum College

Honorable Mention: Marist College and Concordia College

Medium School

Gold: SUNY Cortland

Silver: University of San Diego

Bronze: Southern Illinois University

Honorable Mention: University of North Carolina

Large School

Gold: Virginia Tech University

Silver: Ball State University

Bronze: University of Georgia

Honorable Mention: Virginia Tech University and Ohio University

Retail Sales—Single Concept

Small School

Gold: Rhode Island School of Design

Silver: Hendrix College

Bronze: Concordia College

Medium School

Gold: Azusa Pacific University

Silver: Messiah College

Bronze: Cleveland State University

Honorable Mention: Johnson & Wales University

Large School

Gold: University of Illinois and University of North Texas

Silver: Miami University

Bronze: Brown University and University of Cincinnati

Honorable Mention: University of Oklahoma

Retail Sales—Multiple Concepts/Marketplace

Medium School

Gold: Brock University

Silver: University of Dayton

Bronze: Azusa Pacific University

Large School

Gold: Miami University

Silver: University of Washington

Bronze: University of Colorado at Boulder

Honorable Mention: University of Rochester

Catering—Special Event

Small School

Gold: Washington and Lee University

Silver: Hendrix College

Bronze: Ferrum College and United States Military Academy

Honorable Mention: Roanoke College

Medium School

Gold: Brock University

Silver: Azusa Pacific University

Bronze: University of Northern Colorado and University of Dayton

Honorable Mention: Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.

Large School

Gold: Iowa State University

Silver: University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn.

Bronze: Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.

Honorable Mention: Miami University

Catering—Online Menu

Small School

Gold: Hendrix College, Conway, Ark.

Silver: Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn.

Bronze: College of Saint Benedict

Medium School

Gold: Northern Michigan University

Silver: University of Nevada, Reno, Nev.

Bronze: Azusa Pacific University

Honorable Mention: College of the Holy Cross

Large School

Gold: University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.

Silver: University of Akron

Bronze: Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.

Honorable Mention: Villanova University, Villanova, Pa.

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