Care.Connection.Community with Sue Pierson

Sunday, Apr 5, 2020

Sue Pierson, Director of Residential Dining, makes her end of the year remarks at the Campus Dining End of the Year celebration. June 2018.

Sue Pierson, Director of Residential Dining, makes her end of the year remarks at the Campus Dining End of the Year celebration.
June 2018

It is hard to believe that just four weeks ago you were preparing for midterms and our team was planning to close their units, except Whitman, for break week. What a difference a month makes.

Your residential college teams miss seeing you every day. There are no omelets to be made, no burgers & chicken to flip, no pizzas to be baked or beans and greens to toss. However, our team is still preparing fresh food daily for our students remaining on campus, but the style of service is very different.

Let me give you a peek into what residential dining looks like today for those of you off campus. All residential team members from our six dining halls and Center for Jewish Life are all one team working in Butler/First.

Ivan Mazariegos Pinto, Catering & Retail Operations Manager, and Sue Pierson, Director of Residential Dining, pause for a photo during Princeton Reunions. June 2018.

Ivan Mazariegos Pinto, Catering & Retail Operations Manager, and Sue Pierson, Director of Residential Dining, pause for a photo during Princeton Reunions.
June 2018

They are working two days a week and still getting their full pay. We are serving breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday thru Friday and brunch and dinner on weekends. Meal hours are shortened a bit and the style of service is grab and go in First dining hall. Meals are plated in the servery, placed in heated cabinets and moved to the dining hall. Students enter First dining hall, swipe their own card and maintain social distancing as they go down the line picking up their meals. Our team members are behind the line refilling pick up locations and greeting students as they always do. Students exit up the steps and out the east exit door of First to dine elsewhere. Between meals, the areas are cleaned, sanitized and prepared for the next meal. I thank my team for their continued dedication to our students and Princeton, without them, we would not be able to do what we do so seamlessly.

Students, we thank you for sharing your smiles and greetings with us and allowing us to be a part of your Princeton experience. To our seniors, we missed saying good-bye and wishing you well on your next journey but we do hope when you return to campus, whenever that is, you stop in to your residential college dining hall to say Hi to the staff. And to the rest of you returning to campus in August, I look forward to gathering with you on August 30th to welcome the Class of 2024 into our community and enjoy a meal together once again.

Be well, Stay Safe

-Sue Pierson, Director of Residential Dining

 

 


A message to our community

As we acclimate to the new ways on campus, I realize so much has changed in just a few days. Some of the things that gave me the most joy, such as meeting with our students, talking with you during special events, or meeting my colleagues can no longer happen in the same way, at least for the time being. Along with my team, I wanted to think of ways to keep our connections alive, continue to show our care, and engage with our community. That being said, we are starting a new series called, Care.Connection.Community through which we will share messages with you.

Stay healthy and be well,
Smitha
dining@princeton.edu