Guide to Dining

Welcome to Evangel University

Welcome! Aladdin Food Management Services staff of Evangel University is pleased to welcome you to an exciting year on campus! We will be kicking off this semester with a delicious menu of dining options that will help make your academic experience more enjoyable. This Guide to Dining Services has been designed especially for you- so keep it handy! It will serve as your map to all of our services across campus throughout the year. Good luck, and enjoy!

Dining Hall Meal Plan Info and Policies

Use of Meal Plans

All students who live in one of the residence halls must participate in an approved meal plan. Each plan includes an unlimited number of seconds while eating in the Evangel Dining Hall.  Students may change meal plans until the last day of the first full week of classes each semester.  After this deadline, you may not reduce your meal plan; however, you may increase your meal plan if you find that you are running out of meals. The meal plan you purchase equals the number of meals you can eat during that week.  The week starts on Monday breakfast and goes through Sunday dinner. Students will be required to pay cash for any meal they wish to eat after their meal plan runs out for that week.  Many students on the 10 Meal Plan have run out of meals as early as Thursday, so choose carefully. 

 

Resident Meal Plans

10 Meal Plan:

Entitles you to any 10 of the 20 weekly meals served, but does not include any Bonus Bucks. Meal equivalency is available for use in the Joust.

 

15 Meal Plan:

Entitles you to any 15 of the 20 weekly meals served, and includes $75.00 of free Bonus Bucks that can be used at the Barracks, the Joust, and the Evangel Dining Hall. Meal equivalency is available for use in the Joust.

 

20 Meal Plan (Best Value):

Entitles you to all 20 weekly meals and includes $100.00 of free Bonus Bucks that can be used at the Barracks, the Joust and the Evangel Dining Hall.  Meal equivalency is available for use in the Joust.

Commuter Meal Plans

Meal options offered for commuters and qualified Evangel and AGTS students are listed below. Please contact us for more information.

What Is Meal Equivalency?

Meal equivalency allows students, who are on a meal plan, to be able to use that plan up in the Joust for value meals.  Please note that  students are only able to use their meal plans once per meal period, per location.

Equivalency Hours for The Joust

Monday - Friday:

Lunch Hours:            10:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Dinner Hours:             4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Bonus Bucks and Crusader Bucks (IMPORTANT)

 

Bonus Bucks are bonus funds that come with the 15 and 20 Meal Plan.  $75 of Bonus Bucks are included with the 15 Meal Plan ($75 of buying value per semester) and $100 of Bonus Bucks are included with the 20 meal plan ($100 of buying value per semester). Bonus Bucks can be used at the Barracks, the Joust, and the Evangel Dining Hall for purchases of food & beverage items.  Meal Plan Bonus Bucks do NOT carry over to the next semester.

Crusader Bucks are extra funds that can be added to a student’s meal plan. Crusader Bucks can be bought in groups of $50 ($55 value), $100 ($110 value), $150 ($165 value). These funds can be used in the Joust, the Barracks, and the Evangel Dining Hall for purchases of food and beverage items. Crusader Bucks DO carry over from the Fall to Spring Semester. 

DCB-Declining Cash Balance

DCB are cash funds that a student can deposit directly on their student ID card.  They are available for purchase in increments of $50.00 that will be put on your student ID. With each deposit of $50.00 you will receive an additional 15% bonus in purchasing power.  DCB deposits can be made at the Crusader Dining Hall office Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  DCB deposits carry over from semester to semester. 

Speak Up

This is YOUR dining service and we are here to serve YOU!  Aladdin Food Management Services wants your input and feedback to better meet your needs.  You can make your voice heard by responding to our online surveys provided each semester, communicating through Java with Joey comment cards, or just introducing yourself to the Food Services Team.  It is important that we hear from you!  We care about meeting your needs on a daily basis.

Special Dietary Needs

In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Evangel University has established procedures to ensure that students with documented disabilities have access to reasonable on-campus meal plan (dining) accommodations. According to the ADA, a disability is defined as any mental or physical impairment that substantially limits the individual in a major life activity compared to the average person. There must also be a legitimate connection between the disability and the requested accommodation.

All students living on campus are required to purchase the university meal plan. Occasionally students have special needs based on documented health conditions, such as those resulting in certain dietary restrictions, which may necessitate a meal plan accommodation. Meal plan accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis, according to documented need and applicable standards for reasonable accommodations. Students must follow these procedures and provide all of the required information in order to be considered for meal plan disability accommodations.

Evangel University (Aladdin Food Services Management, LLC) Dining Services offers many dining options capable of accommodating different dietary needs, including student specific meal preparation for allergies, in addition to a wide array of healthy eating choices. We encourage students to meet with Dining Service’s staff first to inquire about all of the dining options before pursuing a meal plan accommodation. A complete exemption from participation in the meal plan is rare and will only be considered when needs cannot be accommodated by Evangel Dining Services.

Meal Plan accommodations are NOT retroactive and financial refunds will not be granted for current or past semesters. Once the semester begins, all approved meal plan accommodations will be applied to the following semester.

Meal Plan Accommodation Guidelines

Meal Plan Accommodation Application

Health Care Professional Documentation Form

Students should allow adequate time for application review and accommodation considerations.

A meal plan accommodation review may take 2-4 weeks.

Other Dietary Needs

Our team is experienced in accommodating special diets for our guests (on an individual basis)  We strive to provide a complete, convenient dining experience for those with requests.  Please contact Joey Roberts to set-up a time to go over your needs. We do offer soy milk, almond milk, and some gluten free products in a specially marked refrigerator & cabinet in our serving area in the Evangel Dining Hall. 

Delicious Perks

 

Busy Schedule? We can accommodate!

We understand how hectic the lives of college students can be - with athletics, clubs, and jobs in addition to classes. To help accommodate busy schedules, we can offer bag lunches, or a few other options for students with a busy schedule.  To set-up a plan that meets your needs contact Joey Roberts, your Food Service Director, at ext. 7252 or robertsj@evangel.edu. When requesting a bag lunch, please try to give us at least 48 hours notice. If you sign up for a bag lunch or special meal program, you will be charged for that meal, unless you cancel 24 hours ahead. All meals in The Joust can be made to-go, and you may choose from wraps, pizzas, pre-made sandwiches, burrito bowls, chicken sandwich, cheeseburger, and salads.

If you have any questions or problems, please contact Joey Roberts. 

Trayless Dining

Aladdin is proud to sponsor a trayless dining program at Evangel. Trayless dining reduces our environmental footprint. It decreases waste, conserves natural resources (namely, energy and water) and reduces the introduction of polluting detergents, rinses, and drying agents into the water table. Socially, trayless dining can provide education and awareness about environmental issues, while also potentially reinforcing a healthy lifestyle. It is an initiative that supports campus sustainability.

Feeling bad?

We understand that there is nothing more miserable than being ill and unable to make it to meals.  Please either have the Wellness Center give us a call or send a friend with your ID card and an authorization from your RA, and we’ll have a “take-out” meal prepared for you.

Registered Dietician

We have a wealth of resources available to our guests, including the expert guidance of a registered dietitian. Arrangements can be made for individual consultations concerning any dietary need, such as sports nutrition, weight control, food allergies, or medically prescribed diets.

Special Events

Everyone looks forward to our monthly buffets and special events.  We have holiday-themed menus and events throughout the year.  Please keep an eye on table tents, banners, and events calendar informing you of what is coming.

Lost Card Policy

Evangel Policy states:  “A student not in possession of his/her current active Prox/Scan Card at meal times, in The Joust or Evangel Dining Hall, may either pay cash for the meal or first retrieve the Prox/Scan Card and return to use the meal plan.” 

Dining Etiquette

As a part of the Evangel University family using the dining hall and Joust, students are expected to assume some  “family” responsibilities. To help us maintain a clean and enjoyable dining atmosphere:

• Please pick up after yourself. 

• If you make a mess and need assistance, please notify an Aladdin staff member. 

• For your protection, please pay attention to safety signs. 

• In the dish return area, please throw your trash away.  You don’t have to scrape your plate, just drop into the trash receptacles any  (napkins, paper products, plastic items, chicken bones, corn dog sticks, and anything else  that should not go down a garbage disposal).   

Your Satisfaction. Our Commitment

It’s a simple concept. If we make you happy, you’ll come back and you’ll tell your friends how great it is. Service that makes you feel welcome, in surroundings that are comfortable with a wide selection of great tasting food choices.

Service Regulations

Your understanding and observation of the following regulations will guarantee smooth, efficient operation of the Dining Hall.

  • Students must obey the University personal appearance regulations while in the Dining Hall.
  • Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times.
  • You are not permitted to take food from the Dining Hall.
  • To avoid waste, you should choose one entrée when entering the served lines. More entrees are available for seconds.
  • After dining, please return plates/cups to the dish return and leave your table and chairs neat and clean.
  • Please behave courteously at all times.
  • You will not be granted credit for any meals missed.
  • We also ask that you abide by all of the Aladdin policies.

Dining Area Restrictions

You are not permitted to engage in the following activities in the dining area:

Removal of food or dinnerware from the dining area

Use of electronics devices that detract from the dining experience of other guests

Playing of personal music devices without headphones

Leaning back in Dining Room Chairs

Dining Hall personnel reserve the right to dismiss or suspend you from the dining area for inappropriate behavior.