Sodexo Scholarships Provide Opportunities for Nursing, Nutrition / Dietetics and Food Pantry – Western Illinois University

Sodexo Scholarships provides opportunities for Nursing, Nutrition/Dietology and Food Pantry

May 24, 2022

Macomb, Illinois — For more than a decade, Sodexo, a food service provider at Western Illinois University, has provided more than $1.8 million in scholarship funding, and other initiatives, that have benefited WIU students. In 2021, during the ribbon cutting at Q’doba and The Daily Drool at Union Food Court, Sodexo presented awards for Nursing ($7,500), Nutrition and Dietetics ($7,500), and WIU Food Pantry ($5,000).

“We are proud of our partnership with Western Illinois University, and we have the opportunity to help realize Western’s mission,” said Colby Rudd, general manager of Sodexo Campus Services at WIU. “Our goal is to continue student engagement, employment, and retention by improving the quality of life for the Western Illinois University community.”

So far, the WIU Food Pantry has used the donation for food and supplies, while the School of Nursing has used the funding to purchase an IV arm that mimics the real experience of a nurse starting an IV in a patient.

“Our lab equipment is very expensive and that money has allowed us to buy this equipment that we weren’t able to get,” said Peggy Monahan, director of the College of Nursing. “We appreciate Generation Sodexo’s donation to help us purchase this essential equipment for our students.”

The Nutrition and Diet donation will be used to fund scholarships for new Dietetics students. In addition to scholarship funding over the years, Sodexo has committed to ongoing improvements, including former Sbarro’s renovation of the current Chick-fil-A and Einstein’s and Burger King’s renovation of The Daily Drool and new Q’doba, respectively, in the food court.

“In its most recent food service contract with WIU, Sodexo committed $500,000 to the WIU Foundation to renovate our on-campus foodservice facilities,” Rudd added. “Union’s renovations are completed, and we are working on renovating the Thompson Dining Center.”

Besides its philanthropic mission, Sodexo provides several job opportunities on campus. To date, the institution employs 215 students, along with 150 full-time and part-time employees and 12 paid positions. Sodexo operates seven buildings on the WIU-Macomb campus, with 11 units.

Joe Roslip, Executive Director of Ancillary Services and Risk Management added: “Sodexo has been an outstanding partner over the years. We appreciate the vast number of services they provide to our university community, and the financial support they provide to our students and facilities.” .

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