January 13th, 2020
Management of Campus Dining Services – A Message from Joan Martinez Cuerva and Corey Zohlman
As many of you know, the One Simmons plan involves the construction of a Living and Learning Center (LLC), which will include a new dining facility on the academic campus. A successful campus dining program is integral to the vision and objectives of the One Simmons initiative as it contributes to campus community and opportunities for learning, sociability and connectedness.
While the construction of the LLC won’t start for several years, now is the time for Simmons to put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) to dining services vendors — as we want to identify a strategic partner to collaborate with us on the planning and design of a primary dining center. Putting out an RFP is standard practice, and our current vendor Aramark will have the opportunity to bid like any other vendor. This new dining contract would go into effect fall 2020.
If we select a partner that isn’t Aramark, our intention is to work with the food service staff you see on a daily basis to join the new partner and stay with us at Simmons, should mutually beneficial employment terms be reached. This is not an unusual practice in these types of negotiations. We have communicated to our Aramark colleagues about this process.
We have met with the SGA Senate Dining Committee to collect dining services feedback and will continue to do so in the spring semester — as well as involve the committee in this RFP process.