Learning Garden Labs at Portland State University by Chelsea J.

PSU Eats partners with the Learning Gardens Laboratory (LGL) to support and promote their program - as well as to source locally grown, sustainable produce grown by Portland State University students.  The Learning Gardens Lab supports academic achievement, leadership development, and local sustainable food systems by providing multicultural, interdisciplinary, intergenerational, and experiential garden-based education for public school students and their families, university students, and community members.  In addition to featuring their produce at Smith’s Kitchen’s Simply Puur salad and grain bar.

 

This year we initiated the inaugural “Farm to Fork” Fundraising Dinner held at the LGL to promote and highlight our ongoing relationship.  The event was a huge success.  Tickets sold out, and guests were more than pleased - providing feedback that the price should be raised next year.  Executive Chef Matt prepared a multi-course meal and appetizer stations with produce harvested by the PSU Capstone students.  Each appetizer station featuring  was also an educational location highlighting a different aspect of the program.  After the opening reception guest enjoyed a three course meal featuring shaved zucchini, prosciutto, tomatillos, arugula, spicy olive dressing with a wild mushroom and burrata bruschetta, French lamb stew with root vegetables and chocolate dipped fruit.

 

PSUEats also supported the LGL recently at their annual Harvest event, preparing vegan soup made with vegetables from the garden.  Our sustainability coordinator Mark Harris and intern Chelsea Jehle attended the event and did a salad demonstration utilizing kale, peppers, beets, garlic and shallots picked that day by Capstone students. There was a cider station, apple tasting, multiple educational tables, and music.  It was well attended by volunteers and community members.  We look forward to continuing our developing relationship and support of the LGL in the coming years. 

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A Fresh Look into Spartan Dining’s Garden

Previous Intern now MIT, Alex C. works with the UNCG Culinary and Marketing team in the campus community garden


1.      Is the garden mostly herbs?  Are you increasing the vegetables you grow?

o   We have a mixture of 12 different herbs, vegetables and wildflowers to help support our Chartwells sustainability efforts. Our green and red peppers are used in the Fountain View Dining Hall, and the herbs are used at all of our dining locations for seasoning, sauces and garnishes.

2.      Who runs the garden? How many hours does it take and how many people help him? Who helps him?

o   The garden was a combination of effort from our Culinary Chefs and their dining team, and our Marketing Intern, Alex Cornett. Campus Executive Chef, Ted Donnelly, helps to maintain and water the garden with the help of Alex and the rest of the dining team. The garden signs and funny puns were designed and executed by Marketing Director, Jackie Heller, with the help of Alex.

3.      Do you know how much less packaging you use thanks to the garden?

o   We reduced our packaging of herbs and spices by 20%.

4.      Are the plots near the kitchens? Do chefs just go out and snip what they need

o   Yes, the garden is right outside of the Fountain View Dining Hall and our culinary team snips the herbs at the beginning of each day to ensure they have enough for each meal.

5.      For the “snip your own herb stations,” are these herbs that have already been cut, and they’re displayed in the dining rooms for guests to help themselves?

o   Yes, the snip your own is available for students in the dining hall

6.      Are the flowers picked and used in dining halls or simply to make the gardens pretty?

o   We use the wildflowers for display in many of our stations to add color and create a natural looking atmosphere, we even decorate our marketing tables with fresh herbs and flowers. Last year, we participated in Ellen Degeneres’ “Bring Back the Bees” where we planted wildflowers in our garden to support our local bee population. 

7.      What was the cost in getting the gardens up and running?

o   Luckily for us, the garden plot was already there but we spent several hundred dollars on gardening tools, equipment and signage.

8.      Any plans for expansion?

o   We are planning to plant more seasonal vegetables such as kale and lettuce that we can use in the Dining Hall. But the size is perfect for us to manage.

9.      How do you let students know what you are doing?

o   We advertise with a big banner over the garden reading “Spartan Dining’s Garden, from our garden to your table” to emphasize our fresh grown ingredients.

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How did you hear about an internship at Chartwells?

I learned about the internship at Chartwells via my school's career services. I received an email regarding an open position in the marketing department and was ecstatic to apply right away! I knew that I wanted to be part of a great company that was involved in the food industry. With my underlying passion for food, I applied and interviewed for the position after returning home from my previous marketing internship in Los Angeles. The following week I received a call to say that I got the job and thus started immediately before the 2017 Fall semester at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro!

Tell us about your experience

My experience as an intern with Chartwells has been nothing but great. They have provided the opportunities to learn and grow within their company. Chartwells has a plan for just about everything! They provide the resources and materials necessary to succeed in the internship program. During my experience, I have worked alongside numerous amount of people, with diverse backgrounds and expertise, each teaching me something new along the way.

One accomplishment during my internship that has made an impact has been redesigning the herb garden outside UNCG’s dining hall.  Working with the chefs and students on campus, we replanted herbs and flowers in the garden to better promote our sustainability efforts. The dining hall uses the herbs daily for meals and seasonal dishes. Students are able to walk by the garden and see first-hand where the herbs are being sourced from.

What is your advice for those who are looking for an internship? 

My advice for those who are interested in any type of internship is to get involved as early as possible. Take advantage of any opportunity that is thrown at you. Believe me when I say that the more skills and experience you have early on, the more you will stand out against other applicants for an open position. Working in an internship position allows you to expand your horizons to try new things that some jobs might not offer. An internship is a great way to begin the transition to a full-time job post-graduation.

Why did I choose to become an MIT?

I chose to become an MIT because of the countless opportunities and positions available with Chartwells. I knew before applying that I wanted to be surrounded by inspiring people who make coming to work fun.  Having a passion for food, I felt this was a step in the right direction. Chartwells provides all the necessary resources to set yourself up for success. One thing that I look forward to in the MIT program is being able to learn more about the company and what I plan to do after the program. By working alongside my colleagues in different departments, I plan to have a better understanding of which areas best suit my skill set and where I can truly make an impact.

Any last thoughts?

No matter what you plan to do in life, always strive to do your best! Take advantage of any opportunity and always go the extra mile.  The Chartwells internship program is a great way to set yourself up for success as they provide the necessary resources to do so. I hope that you make the most out of your experiences and always remember to work hard. Best of luck in your future endeavors!

 

My Marketing Internship Experience- Jessica, Babson College

My name is Jessica Jean-Baptiste and I am currently a junior at Babson College. I am concentrating in Marketing, and I have a passion for entrepreneurship. I started as the Marketing intern for Roger’s Pub in September of 2017 and in my time in this positon so far I have learned so much. Getting to understand the Babson population and catering to their needs through our Pop up Tables and discount promotions has been an integral part of my job duties.

Here at Babson I participate in a variety of activities outside of my internship. I am currently captain of the women’s rugby club, a resident assistant and a student mentor. It was through Morgan, (previous Chartwells intern) that I was introduced to the Roger’s Pub Marketing Internship, she is also a resident assistant and plays rugby as well! This goes to show the amazing networking opportunities that can exist within your immediate circle of friends.

As a student mentor I teach entrepreneurship to middle school students in the city of Framingham and the relationships I have formed with these kids in incomparable.  All of the skills I am learning in this marketing internship transfer into all aspects of my life. Building relationships with students, studying and understanding their wants and needs are things that I truly enjoy to do. I am thrilled to learn more and gain greater skill through this internship.

My Student Success Internship Experience, by Julian @ Montclair State University

Hello my name is Julian, and I have been a Student Success Marketing Intern for Chartwells at Montclair State University for the past two years and what a journey it has been! My experience interning with Chartwells has taught me so many important professional skills as well as life skills throughout my time with the company. I will forever be grateful for the amount of amazing people I have met here and the lessons they have taught me.

I started off working with the company going into my junior year and had no real direction in terms of my career. Our Marketing Manager, Lindsey, was my first real mentor and she has helped me grow and develop my professional skills over the past two years. It is safe to say that I would not be where I am right now if it wasn’t for her guidance and mentorship.

Throughout my time here I have been assigned many different projects and events that I was responsible for managing. It is difficult to choose which one was my favorite but some of the projects that I feel are the most memorable include The Guest Satisfaction Survey, Be A Star and the various graphic design projects I have been assigned.

The Guest Satisfaction Survey table taught me the importance of market research and the positive impact it can have if the information is properly applied. This project taught me how to communicate with consumers in a professional manner and also taught me the importance of time management. Be A Star was another project I began managing my senior year and it has taught me to always be aware of deadlines and also gave me the experience of managing a corporate responsibility.

Lastly, the many graphic design projects I was given has developed my graphic design skills exponentially since I started with the company two years ago. I barely knew how to use Photoshop when I first started and now I know how to use Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. These three projects have taught me so many skills and I am proud to say that I was able to stay on top of them.

I was offered an opportunity to work over the summer after graduating and assist with the marketing responsibilities while our Marketing Manager was out for maternity leave. I would love to work for Chartwells after the summer ends, whether it be at a new account or at Montclair. I truly value what the company stands for and hope to further develop my career within Compass. I aspire to one day become the Marketing Manager of a large account within Chartwells!

Some advice from me to any new Student Success Interns is to never stop asking questions and to never stop wanting to learn more. Go above and beyond what is asked of you, you never know who will notice. Whether it be your RDM, Client, or Director of Operations, they will notice the effort you put in and that can go a long way. Good luck to all of you!

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STOP-FOOD-WASTE-DAY, by Jon, Student Success @ Purchase College

Stop Food Waste Day was not only a great success, but also an important first step in understanding food waste and communicating on campus. My goal for the event was to have the message behind Stop Food Waste Day resonate with at least one student and that hope was soon exceeded. By talking to students throughout the day I found that the Purchase Community supports a sustainable way to deal with food waste. This was a big part for me
because an event and idea like this can’t get traction without the public's support.


The day started out well. My boss, Jesuina, and myself set up the station in Purchase Dining Hall, also known as D-Hall. We put out the buttons and stickers we had, set up the bins with
garbage bags and posted signage telling people to throw their food waste in the bins.

At 9:30am the doors opened for Breakfast and students started to slowly but surely file into D-Hall. Students asked about the event and took part in removing their waste into the bins to be weighed. As the day went on and we collected more waste, people started to ask what this was all about. I talked to them about how we were trying to raise awareness for conscious consumption of food on campus and hopefully move Purchase in a sustainable direction. This resonated with people and one or two even asked why Purchase didn’t already compost all their food waste or have composting be more accessible on campus. This led to conversations about The Rocket and how much compost it can process, what more composting on campus would entail and how another big part of this is that only taking what you can eat decreases the amount of waste produced.


In all we didn’t waste as much food as I initially thought. Over the course of Breakfast and Lunch we wasted about 40 lb. of food. We were lucky in the sense that we saw a decrease in food waste for that day but are also aware that that was only one day of a whole school year.

The day ended with bringing all waste we had collected to the Rocket to be process by Michael,  Purchase College's Compost Master. This was an important first step towards a more sustainable Purchase. Being a conscious consumer of food can be achieved and become the norm on campus.

In my vision, I see a Purchase community with compost bins scattered around campus, in Residential Halls, in apartments and in all the Food Courts on campus. My vision for a more sustainable Purchase requires hard work and a community taking part, but is none the less attainable.

Welcome to the Blog

Welcome to our Student Success BLOG!! My name is Bari Marchfeld, and I am the Director of Student Success for Chartwells Higher Education. I'm pretty sure I have one of the most fun jobs on my team, since I get to work with our leadership teams, students and academic partners to ensure success for all... definitely a win-win-win!

Having a degree in education, and a past teaching fifth grade, I really enjoy taking my student engagement to the next level, which is helping them prepare for their future careers! I make sure my teams and I really understand what student need to stay on track to graduating on time, and how our organization can help them achieve their dreams while still in school through paid internships, and then after. 

Throughout the school year, I spend majority of my time out in the field at our 280+ accounts, meeting with our interns, visiting classrooms and ensuring that the Student Success program is as consistent, relevant and easy for our managers to implement. My favorite part is definitely hanging with the interns, seeing them in action and learning about all of their ideas playing out successfully in our business.

I'm looking forward to sharing all of our stories on this blog so that you can get a true feeling of the Student Success community. You will also hear from our interns, our manager and interns who have graduated and our now our leaders. If you would like to talk to me about any questions or ideas, please reach out anytime: bari.marchfeld@compass-usa.com

 This was such an exciting evening! Alex (in the middle) is one of our first Student Success interns to graduate and officially get hired to join our team! Welcome to Chartwells at Southern Connecticut State University Alex!! Her Regional Marketing Director Stephanie (on the left) was there to join us as Alex received a Presidential Circle award from out CEO Lisa.

This was such an exciting evening! Alex (in the middle) is one of our first Student Success interns to graduate and officially get hired to join our team! Welcome to Chartwells at Southern Connecticut State University Alex!! Her Regional Marketing Director Stephanie (on the left) was there to join us as Alex received a Presidential Circle award from out CEO Lisa.

 I am always amazed at the schedules and accomplishments of our interns! Morgan is our very talented intern at Babson College and she is just awesome. She completes multiple internships to keep her options open while going to college and being an RA. Her opportunities will definitely be endless! Good luck on your senior year!

I am always amazed at the schedules and accomplishments of our interns! Morgan is our very talented intern at Babson College and she is just awesome. She completes multiple internships to keep her options open while going to college and being an RA. Her opportunities will definitely be endless! Good luck on your senior year!

 Another exciting day for me in the field! This was a great day spent at the University of Miami with our marketing intern, Megan. Megan was helping us shoot some video footage for a top secret project... learn more about it when you spot the project in another Blog post :) Megan also graduated from The University of Miami this year and was an amazing Student Success marketing intern. She has officially been hired as the new UM marketing manager!! Congratulations Megan!! 

Another exciting day for me in the field! This was a great day spent at the University of Miami with our marketing intern, Megan. Megan was helping us shoot some video footage for a top secret project... learn more about it when you spot the project in another Blog post :) Megan also graduated from The University of Miami this year and was an amazing Student Success marketing intern. She has officially been hired as the new UM marketing manager!! Congratulations Megan!! 

 As the Director of Student Success, I get the opportunity to support our sales team pretty frequently. I share our Student Success mission, opportunities and stories.... as well as wear matching outfits with our CEO Lisa when we are ready to relax and show school spirit on our way home :) #wewon

As the Director of Student Success, I get the opportunity to support our sales team pretty frequently. I share our Student Success mission, opportunities and stories.... as well as wear matching outfits with our CEO Lisa when we are ready to relax and show school spirit on our way home :) #wewon

 #dreamteam !!! This was that fun day at The University of Miami, and Megan and her mentor Amanda are definitely a dynamic duo. This photo calls for two congratulation shotouts: Congratulations on your promotion Amanda to the West coast Chartwells Region, and Congratulations Megan who will be taking over in Amanda's role as the Marketing Manager at the University of Miami!

#dreamteam !!! This was that fun day at The University of Miami, and Megan and her mentor Amanda are definitely a dynamic duo. This photo calls for two congratulation shotouts: Congratulations on your promotion Amanda to the West coast Chartwells Region, and Congratulations Megan who will be taking over in Amanda's role as the Marketing Manager at the University of Miami!

 Another well deserved award! Jackie was our Student Success marketing intern at the University of North Florida. She is the Golf Cart Karaoke creator, and an all around amazing person. Congratulations on your new role as marketing manager at UNF and congratulations on your presidential circle award!

Another well deserved award! Jackie was our Student Success marketing intern at the University of North Florida. She is the Golf Cart Karaoke creator, and an all around amazing person. Congratulations on your new role as marketing manager at UNF and congratulations on your presidential circle award!

 I absolutely love getting to visit students in their classroom. I do this frequently, but do not go with the objective of recruiting them. I share my story and usually bring some colleagues with me. I just want them to know that the Chartwells and Compass Group organization is right here on campus, and their are so many opportunities for them, from paid, relevant internships to support graduating on time... to succession planning and having a position as soon as you graduate!

I absolutely love getting to visit students in their classroom. I do this frequently, but do not go with the objective of recruiting them. I share my story and usually bring some colleagues with me. I just want them to know that the Chartwells and Compass Group organization is right here on campus, and their are so many opportunities for them, from paid, relevant internships to support graduating on time... to succession planning and having a position as soon as you graduate!

 Who says you cant have fun with your kitchen equipment! A group of students and I played around with other ways to use bowls and become comfortable with your cooking equipment! #workhardplayhard

Who says you cant have fun with your kitchen equipment! A group of students and I played around with other ways to use bowls and become comfortable with your cooking equipment! #workhardplayhard

 I got to experience two very important "firsts" with Makayla... her first time on an airplane as we traveled across the country to San Fran, and here is her first career fair. She and I worked closely to find her dream culinary career!

I got to experience two very important "firsts" with Makayla... her first time on an airplane as we traveled across the country to San Fran, and here is her first career fair. She and I worked closely to find her dream culinary career!

 This was such a fun day! Katherine was a Facilities Management/ Construction Science student at Texas A&M who completed her internship over the summer at Florida Gulf Coast University. I got a chance to see all of the projects she was working on with her mentor Gary and their entire team. #yougogirl

This was such a fun day! Katherine was a Facilities Management/ Construction Science student at Texas A&M who completed her internship over the summer at Florida Gulf Coast University. I got a chance to see all of the projects she was working on with her mentor Gary and their entire team. #yougogirl

 One of the best parts about being in the higher education world is that I still get to learn something new everyday! Here I am with a group of students at one of our partners headquarters in San Fran. We are learning about a country who needs more nutritious food sources, and are about to go play in the kitchen to test our culinary skills and create these nutritious meals.... well their culinary skills! I cheered them on and wished I had their talents. #just

One of the best parts about being in the higher education world is that I still get to learn something new everyday! Here I am with a group of students at one of our partners headquarters in San Fran. We are learning about a country who needs more nutritious food sources, and are about to go play in the kitchen to test our culinary skills and create these nutritious meals.... well their culinary skills! I cheered them on and wished I had their talents. #just

 It is always a wonderful experience to work with some of our international Student Success interns. This is Shashank and his mentor Derik. Shashank was a graduate student in the Texas A&M Facilities Management program, and he completed his internship at a few schools in Minnesota. Derik and I still receive emails about how Shashank applies what he learned back in India on his job sites.

It is always a wonderful experience to work with some of our international Student Success interns. This is Shashank and his mentor Derik. Shashank was a graduate student in the Texas A&M Facilities Management program, and he completed his internship at a few schools in Minnesota. Derik and I still receive emails about how Shashank applies what he learned back in India on his job sites.

 This was my first time to York College, and I was thrilled to meet this group of hospitality students with Michael, one of my colleagues. This group had so many great questions and I know there are a bunch of future Student Success interns in this group! #goodluck

This was my first time to York College, and I was thrilled to meet this group of hospitality students with Michael, one of my colleagues. This group had so many great questions and I know there are a bunch of future Student Success interns in this group! #goodluck