University announces change to food service management 

Aladdin Campus Dining is partnering with Pittsburg State University to provide new food service management at locations across campus for students, staff, faculty, and visitors starting in July.  

The contract between Pitt State and Sodexo was set to expire this summer. With feedback from students, the university decided to explore options. 

Tarynn Brenner, outgoing president of the Student Government Association, said students are excited about the fresh dining options and experiences Aladdin will bring to campus. 

Brenner, along with representatives from the Residence Hall Assembly, Gorilla Activities Board, Intercollegiate Athletics, and other departments comprised a team that met weekly through the spring semester to review proposals in a competitive bid process. 

“Based on student body feedback, Aladdin was chosen for its high-quality food, hospitality, and trending brands that support cultural foods and healthier eating,” said President Dan Shipp. “We’re looking forward to the partnership!” 

Students will have the opportunity to select healthy choice menu options and learn about nutrition and wellness through the company’s BeWell platform. And, they’ll be able to take advantage of Fueled, a sports nutrition program developed by Aladdin’s team of registered dietitians, that offers optimal nutrition for peak performance and education tools for athletes and active individuals.  

All locations also will be open to the public. 

In the University Club, located on the lower level of the Overman Student Center, Einstein’s will remain in place and will be joined by Chilaca, a fast-casual Mexican brand that serves tacos, burritos, and bowls topped with a choice of fresh proteins and vegetables for lunch and dinner. 

In the Gorilla Crossing, located on the main level of the Student Center, Pizza Hut, Overman Burger Company, and Pitt BBQ will remain in place and will be joined by Sub Stand — a build-your-own sub and salad brand. 

In Gibson Dining Hall, the company will refresh digital signage and hospitality comforts, will add an ordering app, and will create additional healthy eating options. Aladdin also will offer the “A-Zone,” an allergen and gluten aware station for students with food allergies or dietary needs, and dieticians will work collaboratively with students to create plans that best meet those needs.  

In coming years, Aladdin plans to add a 24/7 micromarket at Gibson for grab-and-go options, as well as additional improvements to the dining experience. 

Prices for dining plans in Gibson Dining Hall are set for the upcoming academic year, so there will be no price increases at this time. 

Starbucks products will continue to be available in The Axe Grind where students as well as the public can order espresso drinks, coffee, smoothies, sandwiches, and snacks.  

Aladdin also will be the catering partner for community events held on campus and will offer extensive services to concessions and suites at Carnie Smith Stadium.