Students eating in Atrium

Everything we do is focused on you, the people we serve daily through our 11 dining locations and catering services. We want to make sure your needs are met, and we invite you to contact us when they are not being met.

At Ball State University Dining, our mission is to provide services that enhance the campus experience by exhibiting excellence in the production and service of food that is nutritious, wholesome, attractive, delicious, and of good value, thus meeting the needs of students, faculty, staff, and guests.

Our Chefs

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Allen White

Chef White joined the dining team in 1997 and supervises preparation and service in Noyer Centre. Read bio.

Shannon Eastes

Shannon Eastes

Chef Eastes served several years as the chef in University Catering and is currently the chef in LaFollette Square. Read bio.

Stephanie Miller

Stepfanie Miller

Chef Miller started at Ball State in 2012 as a group leader at Quiznos moving into the Chef position in Elliott Dining in 2013. Read bio.

James Dowless

James Dowless

Chef Dowless joined the Ball State dining team in 2016 as the chef in Woodworth Commons. Read bio.

Sustainability Initiatives

Reusable Mugs

Refillable Ball State Dining mugs and tumblers are great for the environment & are available across campus at most dining locations. We donate about 28,000 reusable bags & have had a reduction of 230,000 plastic to-go bags annually, largely thanks to our reusable mug & reusable bag programs.

We are committed to being a key partner in the university’s sustainability goals. This includes a focus on our regular operations, participation with Business and Auxiliary Services in the Council on the Environment, and educating our campus community on ways they can help. 

There are a variety of ways we practice sustainability—here are a few of our favorites to share.

  • Recyle
    • Oil from fryers is recycled: Nearly 92,000 lbs annually
  • Community
    • Approx. 28,000 lbs of wholesome leftovers donated to local food banks last year
      (Adherent to proper temperature, time frame, & permission, in accordance with Indiana State Health Code)
  • Food Options
    • Recognizing the benefits of meat-free or -reduced diets on the environment, offer daily vegan & vegetarian options on campus

71 percent of our seafood options have sustainable certification

  • Food Preparation & Service
    • Use round-the-clock, automatic temperature monitoring system for cold storage—SmartTemps®
  • Paper Goods & Packaging
    • Campaigns encouraging those on campus to use fewer disposable items
    • Purchase Eco-friendly recycled food containers for to go orders &, if possible, use china & flatware
  • Mini Food Truck
    • Electric, low-impact vehicle offers healthy food options & meals to campus food deserts, & its menu emphasizes cuisine representing less impact on the environment
  • Local
    • 100% of coffee is locally roasted & organic from Indy’s own Hubbard & Craven’s*
      Source an assortment of bread, cheese, fresh beef, fresh pork, & milk from farms & companies across the state

  • Cleaning & Chemicals
    • Use eco-friendly chemicals & cleaning methods: Reduced custodial products from 155 to 68
  • Maintenance & Repair
    • Preventative maintenance program reduces facility equipment breakdowns & outages, increasing efficiency
  • Equipment
    • Buy energy efficient & Energy Star rated equipment when feasible: Dining Services has made conscious efforts to identify, research, & decide on processes for new North Dining facility that directly impact this effort
  • Waste Collection
    • Collaborate with Muncie Sanitary District for a variance to reduce the frequency of grease trap pumping at multiple locations
  • Customer Awareness
    • Continue tradition of “Dinner in the Dark”: An energy conservation awareness event takes place twice a year & partners with student body & Student Government Association

(*except that which is served in Starbucks)