LAIE, HAWAII- MAY 21, 2012- BYU­–Hawaii Food Services won the 2012 Loyal E. Horton Dining Gold Award for the third time, outshining more than 550 other schools that participated in the competition. Food Services also won the silver and bronze award in previous years.

The National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) recognizes top university programs in a variety of categories each year. In college and university culinary arts, one of the most noteworthy professional accomplishments is being a recipient of a NACUFS Loyal E. Horton Dining Award. \

BYU–Hawaii notched the win in the category ofResidential Dining–Special Event.

Food Services entered their February 2, 2012, “Dragon Year” themed dinner, inspired by the Chinese New Year, in the competition. “We are so ecstatic about the award! It is an honor to be chosen and is great name recognition for our school,” says Marilou Lee, BYU–Hawaii’s Club dining and vending manager.

“A lot of research and hard work went into this event and it is a privilege to be noticed among the crowded competition.” Lee was the lead in organizing and promoting the event.

Ivona Mills, BYU–Hawaii Seasider snack bar and concessions manager, will be attending the NACUFS National Conference in July, on behalf of Food Services, where the award will be presented. “BYU–Hawaii is also a finalist for the Overall Grand Champion in the small schools group. The winner will be recognized at the national conference,” says Mills.

According to the NACUFS official website, “NACUFS has focused on its mission to promote the highest quality of food service on school, college, and university campuses by providing members with educational and training opportunities, technical assistance, scholarships, industry information, and research.”

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