Housing and Food Services recognized

Penn State Hazleton Housing and Food Services was recognized recently with the 2015 Service to the Students Award, presented by the Student Government Association (SGA). The award credits Housing and Food Services (HFS) for continually striving for excellence in living conditions and culinary options on campus.

Throughout the year, Housing and Food Services met with students from the SGA and the HFS Student Advisory Board and had conversations about improving students' on-campus experience. "The staff and management were receptive to students' ideas and opinions, leading to successful events such as Hibachi Night, and more comfortable living conditions, such as adding hydration stations in our residence halls," said Dante Toth, 2014-15 student government president. "For these reasons, along with the great daily service that HFS provides to students, the SGA voted to show our appreciation for this group and their dedication to students."

"As an out-of-state student, I appreciate that the HFS department has provided me a home away from home as well as a great selection of healthy, satisfying foods that kept me able to function all day. I'm glad I will be working with them in the upcoming school year," said Charles "CJ" Ziegmont, 2015-16 student government president.

"In higher education, there is no better compliment than to be recognized by students," said Jonathan A. Kukta, director of Housing and Food Services for Penn State Hazleton, Schuylkill, Wilkes-Barre and Worthington Scranton. "I am so proud of our Housing and Food Services team at Hazleton for being recognized for, as the award says, 'enriching the lives of students at Penn State Hazleton.' Every day our team goes above and beyond in the services they provide. We engage students in every decision we make - whether it's what goes on our menu or what types of new residence hall furniture to purchase. Our student leadership has been so supportive of our department, and we look forward to continuing to work together to make the student experience at Penn State Hazleton a memorable one."