Champions of Change Award
Harvest Table Culinary Group’s, District Manager, Tim Vandermeersch was presented with Wake Forest’s Champions of Change Award for Sustainability. Tim is a part of the Green Team here at Wake Forest and has made a huge impact in sustainability. Click the button below to learn more.
HTCG Employee Spotlight
Wake Forest’s very own Executive Chef, Jordan Rogers was chosen for the Harvest Table Culinary Group’s Employee Spotlight. This spotlight speaks to Chef Rogers’ background in cooking, how he started, and so much more. Click the button below to read the wonderful article that was written about our Wake Forest Chef.
HTCG Apprenticeship Program
Eddy was selected for the Harvest Table Culinary Group’s Apprenticeship Program. The program sponsored by Chef Matt Thompson began this summer. He will be mentored by Executive Chef Jordan and the executive team here at Wake Forest. We are so excited to launch this program at WFU.
University Advancement Award
Wallace from the Pit was recognized by the Office of University Advancement. This award goes to someone who has shown a big impact in the lives of students here at Wake Forest. Congratulations Wallace!
Sharon from the Pit was recognized by the Office of University Advancement. This award goes to someone who has shown a big impact in the lives of students here at Wake Forest. Congratulations Sharon!
I Make A Difference
Mary Gillespie is the production assistant in The Pit. Mary has been part of the Deacon Dining Team for 4.5 years. Her favorite hobby is to take care of her many, indoor plants. Mary has a great love for animals. She has cats, dogs, hamsters, fish, rabbits and even a lizard! how FUN! Her favorite part about Deacon Dining is the diverse group of students, faculty and staff that she gets to interact with. While your in The Pit, be sure to say hello to Mary!
Lexi Ciaccia has been a part of the Deacon Dining staff for 6 months as the Social Media Manager. In her free time she likes to do woodworking projects for her small business. Lexi was nominated for being a team player and her willingness to help wherever she can. She has also been instrumental in creating awareness of Deacon Dining activities through her Instagram posts and chalkboards.
Terri Ervin has been a part of the Deacon Dining staff for 5 years as a Retail Specialist at North P.O.D. Her favorite part about working with Deacon Dining is getting to surround herself with wonderful students and co-workers. She loves when her peers make her laugh. Terri was nominated for her hard work and commitment. She is always happy and does whatever is asked.
Tanya Qualkenbush has been a part of the Deacon Dining staff for 24 years as the Catering Coordinator. Her favorite part about working at WFU is getting to work with the wonderful students, faculty and staff. Tanya was nominated for being helpful, creative and quick to respond. She cares about our WFU customers and goes above and beyond for them.
Christian Collins has been a part of the Deacon Dining staff for about a year now as the cook (or better known as the Pasta Wizard) at the pasta station in The Pit. His favorite part about working with Deacon Dining is when he receievs positive feedback about his cooking. Christian was nominated for his continuous hard work. The students here at WFU definitely do not let their gratitude for Christian go unnoticed.
Briana Lindsay has been a part of the Deacon Dining staff for 2 years now as a Team Leader at Starbucks. Her favorite part about working with Deacon Dining is coming in every morning to set up and make sure that students have everything they need. She also enjoys getting to greet each and everyone one of them. Briana was nominated for stepping up and covering shifts when needed and making sure that students always have a happy experience.
Joycenetta Shelton has been a part of the Deacon Dining staff for a year now as a server at Shorty’s. Her favorite part about working with Deacon Dining is interacting with the students. She also enjoys the vibrant atmostphere all over campus. Joycenetta was nominated for her hard work and positive attitude. The Shorty’s crew loves that she is a great team player!
Jovita Thomas has been a part of the Deacon Dining staff since 2005 as a supervisor, although you can find her helping out in any way she can in all parts of The Pit. Her favorite part about working with Deacon Dining is the students. She enjoys the respect that they have for her. Jovita says she feels such a reward after leaving work each day thanks to our WFU students. She was nominated for her consistency, hardwork, and patience.
Thomas Thiel has been apart of the Deacon Dining staff for 4 months as the supervisor at Subway. His favorite part about working at Subway is his co-workers. Thomas also enjoys getting to know the students and customers that come in on a daily basis. Thomas was nominated for his leadership and accountability. He consistently strives to better himself and the people around him.
Carolyn Post has been a member of the Deacon Dining staff since May 2017. Carolyn works diligently behind the scenes to make sure that students, faculty and staff have a great experience at health wellness and global food events. Her favorite part about working for Deacon Dining is being involved with special events around campus. In Carolyn’s free time, she enjoys gardening and sewing. Next time you see Carolyn in The Pit, make sure you stop and say hi!
Gerardo Flores has been a member of the Deacon Dining team since the beginning of 2018. Gerardo is crucial to the success of the preparation team, because of his effectiveness and quick thinking. Anytime the Executive chefs need a helping hand, he never hesitates to assist them with whatever they need. It is safe to say that Gerardo is a delight to work with, and we are grateful for his commitment to Deacon Dining!
Jasmine Bowman has been a member of the Deacon Dining staff since September 2018. Jasmine’s favorite part about working in The Pit is having the opportunity to greet students every morning. During her free time, Jasmine enjoys visiting the gym and spending quality time with her daughter. While you’re in The Pit, be sure to stop by and say hello!
Graylin Carlton has been the Location Supervisor of Starbucks since July. One of Graylin’s most memorable moments as an employee, is when students go out of their way to tell him that he made them smile. Because Graylin is one of the first faces many students see once they start their morning routine, he makes it a priority to extend a warm welcome to customers. As for hobbies, Graylin enjoys to sing in his free time. If you see Graylin on campus make sure you stop and say hello!
Victor Molina has been a member of the Deacon Dining team since the beginning of 2018. Victor typically works with the preparation team. However, he is known to jump in and assist wherever he is needed. He even offers to stay longer on busier days to help out. The Executive Chef knows he can count on Victor to get the job done. It is safe to say that Victor definitely knows the value of teamwork.