Dining Services Operational Changes

The University of Connecticut’s Department of Dining Services operates eight residential dining operations, five cafes, ten retail venues, and four Grab & Go locations. In total, we are open for more than 1,000 hours of service each week and we serve approximately 5.7 million meals per year.

Dining Services regularly reviews our operating hours and offerings across all campuses. In general, each Dining Services location should be “self-supporting” meaning it should see enough customer demand and foot traffic to justify its hours of operation in a given location.

Based on a recent review, we will be making changes to the operating hours of three Dining Services locations on the Storrs campus next semester. These changes will help ensure we are operating as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Because of low levels of customer demand, Lu’s Café (located in the basement of the Family Studies building) will be closed. As you know, Bookworms Café in the library, Wilbur’s Café in the Wilbur Cross building, and the café at the Benton are all located only a short distance away and will continue operating normally, so the closure of Lu’s should not significantly impact our customers.

Additionally, the Buckley Dining Hall will continue to be open Monday through Friday, but will no longer be open on Saturday and Sunday because of low levels of customer demand on the weekends. We will also discontinue late night hours at Putnam Refectory for the same reason.

Dining Services still offers three late-night residential dining options on campus at Whitney, McMahon, and Northwest and the hours of operation at these locations will be unchanged. Also, two residential dining locations are close to Buckley:  Whitney and South, which will remain open for service on the weekends.

We hope you will understand that we do need to make changes to our operations from time to time based on customer use, demand, and for the sake of efficiency. However, our focus is always on providing the UConn community with a wide and varied array of award-winning, high-quality dining options and excellent service to meet the needs of our customers.


Public Engagement by the Numbers

Sent on behalf of Dr. Carol Polifroni, Director of Public Engagement and Dean of the School of Nursing

We are writing today regarding collecting information on community based engagement efforts for this academic year. UConn strives to support relevant, reciprocal, and responsible community based partnerships to support and enhance students’ academic experiences. The University supports community based learning experiences through course-based initiatives, co-curricular activities, extra-curricular and research based activities. Last year across all campuses, we reported over 14,000 students, faculty, and staff serving over 1.5 million hours of service.

Collecting this information supports our reporting for The President’s Community Service Honor Roll, preparation for the 2020 Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement re-classification, legislative needs as well as other national reporting. The data also assists us in highlighting the University’s commitment to building a stronger community and creating active global citizens. Our aim this year is to ensure we hear from all programs and services that support these efforts across all of our campuses. Efforts can include course-based activities, engaged scholarship, co-curricular activities, extra-curricular and coordinated efforts with community based agencies.

To support our efforts in data collection we have streamlined the survey to support us collecting the information we need while lessening the amount of time it will take you to complete the survey.

The survey can be found at: https://uconn.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dnHBKj6Vb2Z0xhj

You will need the following information for each initiative on the survey:

Name of Initiative
Number of students involved
Number of hours the students collected served
Number of students that served for at least 20 hours on this initiative
How many faculty participated in this initiative?
Number of faculty hours on initiative
Number of staff members that participated in initiative
How many staff hours
How many of the following long-term federal volunteers worked on the initiative?

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey and supporting the University efforts in highlighting these initiatives. If you have any questions regarding this survey or the university’s service efforts please contact Julia Yakovich from the Office of Public Engagement at julia.yakovich@uconn.edu or Gina DeVivo Brassaw from Community Outreach at gina.devivo_brassaw@uconn.edu.

Julia M. Yakovich

University of Connecticut

Office of Public Engagement

Service Learning Program

Storrs Campus

Wilbur Cross, Suite 104A

233 Glenbrook Road, Unit 4201

Storrs, CT 06269-4201


Phone: 860.486.4531



ASL at CRT:Sign-Interpreted Performances of Shrek the Musical

ASL at CRT: Sign-Interpreted Performances of Shrek the Musical

The Center for Students with Disabilities and University of Connecticut Interpreting Services (UCIS) has partnered with the Connecticut Repertory Theater (CRT) to provide sign language interpreters for this season’s production of Shrek the Musical.  There will be two sign-interpreted performances: a student matinee on Friday, April 28 at 10 am and a general audience matinee on Saturday, April 29 at 2 pm.  For more information about sign-interpreted performances at CRT, see UCIS’s introduction video.

UCIS will also be supporting CRT’s 2017 Nutmeg Summer Series with sign-interpreted performances on the following dates:

  • 1776
    Saturday, June 10 at 2:00 pm
  • Noises Off
    Saturday, June 24 at 2:00 pm
  • Newsies
    Saturday, July 15 at 2:00 pm

Please consider joining us to support greater access and inclusion at UConn.  Tickets for all shows are on sale now.  Visit crt.uconn.edu for details.


4/27 – You Are Invited to a Freshens Reception


You are invited to attend an award reception this Thursday, April 27,  at Chuck & Augies Restaurant at 9:00 am. Freshens, the company that created our smoothie concept, will be recognizing UConn Dining Services for our five year relationship with the Freshens Brand.  Freshens is also recognizing UConn Dining Services as the second largest Freshens’ venue in the country.  There will be coffee and pastry and samples of their smoothies. Please join us as we receive this recognition for our efforts.


C.Dennis Pierce, MBA

Executive Director

Department of Dining Services

University of Connecticut


One Bishop Circle

Storrs, CT 06269



Employee Parking Information for 2017-2018

The following matters might affect your on-campus 2017-2018 parking experiences and potentially your parking permit selections.

Construction of the Fine Arts Production Facility is scheduled to begin in July 2017. A construction zone needed to complete that project be established.  As a result, the parking capacity of the Fine Arts Lot (Lot 1) will be reduced by approximately 100 spaces.  Parking on Coventry Road, which runs between the Fine Arts (Lot 1) and S-Lot, will also be eliminated.   North and South Garage parking permits will not be valid on these lots during the 2017/18 permit year.  These conditions will continue throughout the construction period.

Additional Area 2 permit parking capacity will be established on the Nathan Hale lot.

The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center Lot is scheduled to close in May 2017.  That lot is expected to remain closed until the Student Recreation Center opens.

The Whitney Road Extension is scheduled to close in May 2017 remain closed until the Recreation Center opens.

The western end of Whitney Road will be redesigned to accommodate service deliveries and parking for those with mobility limitations.

The 6 Gilbert Road lot will be converted from Area 2 to Area 1 permit parking, which is a change that partially mitigates this year’s loss in Area 1 capacity along Oak Lane.

We appreciate your cooperation during this time of rapid change.

For more information, contact: Parking Services at 860-486-4930

Spring Weekend Road Closures

Spring Weekend activities will be held across the UConn campus beginning Thursday, April 20th through Saturday, April 22nd.  To accommodate some of the activities planned, there will be road closures on two of the days.  Below is a brief summary of the road closures.  Please make travel arrangements in advance of Spring Weekend to avoid the impacted areas.

Thursday, April 20th

Club Sports will be hosting its annual Glow up the Night 5K.  The race will begin at 8:00 pm in front of the Homer Babbidge Library.  To accommodate the participants in the race, there will be several temporary road closures and limited access to parking areas.  Below is a list of the roads that will be closed during the race.

The following roads will be closed from 7:45 pm until 9:00 pm:

  • Hillside Road – between Gilbert Road and Glenbrook Road
  • Jim Calhoun Way – between Hillside Road and Husky Circle
  • Alumni Drive – in its entirety
  • Glenbrook Road – between Hillside Road and Mansfield Road
  • Mansfield Road – between Coventry Road and Gilbert Road
  • Gilbert Road – between Mansfield Road and Hillside Road

The following areas of campus will be temporarily impacted from 7:45 pm until 9:00 pm:

  • Lot D, Lot K, Lot I – cars in these lots will not be able to enter/exit until runners pass
  • Freitas Ice Forum – cars will not be able to enter/exit the area until runners pass
  • Cars parked in South Garage will need to enter/exit from the 5th Floor Gate, accessible from Lot 8.  The 1st Floor Gate by the Football Training Facility will be closed until the race ends

Saturday, April 22nd

In preparation for an evening of Spring Weekend activities, Hillside Road will be closed to traffic beginning at 3:30 pm.  The road closure will be from in the intersection of Hillside Road and Glenbrook Road to the intersection of Hillside Road and Jim Calhoun Way.  The road will reopen at approximately 11 pm.  Drivers will still have access to South Garage from the northbound side of Hillside Road and Jim Calhoun Way.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation.

For a complete schedule of Spring Weekend events, visit the Spring Weekend website.

For more information, contact: Spring Weekend at springweekend@uconn.edu.