Student Dining

Offering more than just meals. Student Dining strives to provide unbeatable service to every student, everyday.


Please check back here every week to see an updated Menu Gazette

For Faculty/Staff Meal Plan information contact Marty Penwell,, x5758 or Fred Geib,, x5768.


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Mission Statement

The objective of Student Dining is to provide students, staff and faculty with the highest quality of food and services, while maintaining the efficient and effective usage of all resources, thus enhancing the University and community.

Meal Plans

Option I
Unlimited - Students may come and go to the dining hall as they please and as many times as they want.  Whether you love to eat or would like to eat multiple smaller meals this is the perfect plan for you.  

Option II 
240 Block Plan - This plan gives the student 240 meals to spread throughout the semester.  Meal equivalency can be used at the Eagles' Nest, Tuffy's Smoothie Bar, Schar Cafe, Catering and Talons Concessions.  Swipes can be used for guests.  

Option III
160 Block Plan - Students receive 160 meals to be used throughout the semester.  Meals can be utilized at the Eagles' Nest, Tuffy's Smoothie Bar, Schar Cafe, Catering and Talons Concessions for equivalency.  Guest swipes permitted.  $2115/semester

Option IV
Commuter/Senior Apt. Block Flex Plan - Students receive 80 meals to be used in the dining hall or used for equivalency at the Eagles' Nest, Tuffy's Smooth Bar, Schar Cafe, Catering and Talons Concessions.  Guest swipes are permitted.  

What is Equivalency? - Students can use a meal swipe to eat at any one of our retail locations for a value of $6.50 per transaction.  Locations include Eagles' Nest, Tuffy's Smoothie Bar, Schar Cafe, Catering and Talons Concessions.

Eagle Dollars - Eagle dollars can still be loaded on to your card at the Business Office, Campus Store, Eagle Card Office or online.

What is Schar Cafe? - Schar Cafe is a convenient grab-n-go facility located on the first floor of the Dwight Schar College of Education building.  Students may use an equivalency swipe for a sandwich or salad, two sides and a beverage.  Come check it out if most of your classes are on the far side of campus.

Meal Plan Changes - Changes to your meal plan cannot occur once the academic semester has started.  Please contact Marty Penwell to update your meal plan.

University I.D. Card

A validated I.D. card identifies the resident as a holder of a meal contract and is valuable and should be treated like cash. The I.D. card must be presented to the checker upon entering the Dining Hall. This procedure is necessary to prevent unauthorized persons from using Dining Services for which you have paid. Eagle Dollars are accepted in any of the dining operations.

What if I lose my University I.D. card?

If you do not have your I.D. card for whatever reason, you may still eat. Upon entering the dining room, the checker will direct you to the Service Manager's office to confirm that you are on a meal plan. Once it is confirmed you are on the meal plan:

  • A 72-hour temporary I.D. card will be issued to you at a cost of $5.

    • After 72 hours you must report to the Eagle Card Office located in the lower level of the Convocation Center, within the Dining Hall, to have your original card reinstated or a new I.D. made.
    • The cost of losing a temporary I.D. is $25.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • Contact the Eagle Card Office (ext. 5076) to replace your lost, I.D. Costs is $10.

What to Wear

For reasons of personal safety and sanitation, shoes, shirts and appropriate clothing must be worn in the dining area. We suggest that dress at meals should be neat and clean and in "good taste." Casual dress is fine.

Taking Food or Dishes out of the Dining Hall

With the exception of ice cream cones or whole fruit, all food served must be consumed in the Dining Hall. Glasses, dishes and silverware are not to be taken from the Dining Hall.

Student Dining Daily Specials

A Change of Pace - A group of students on the meal plan can turn in their valid I.D.'s for a meal to go, picnic or spaghetti dinner at no charge. You can pick up a request form from the Student Dining Production Manager. All requests must be accompanied by the "Meal Pickup contract Form" five days prior to the event. All valid I.D. numbers must be turned in two days prior to the event. I.D. numbers cannot be turned in for snacks.


Your cooperation in following some basic policies of the University will make dining here more enjoyable. We thank you.

  • Take only the food you will eat. Wasted food increases costs.
  • All food, trays and dinnerware must remain in the dining area.
  • When you finish eating, please dispose of your tray and trash properly.
  • Keep your table clean and make room so others can be seated.
  • Please let us know how we're doing. We're here to serve you.

Vending Machines

Each Residence Hall has vending machines with a wide variety of snacks and beverages. Vandalism of these machines may result in their removal. For any problems with vending machines within your residence hall, contact your hall director, who will contact the Auxiliary Services Department. If a student loses money in one of these machines, the student can be reimbursed at the Campus Store. For problems with machines elsewhere on campus, contact Auxiliary Services Business Manager Marty Penwell at Ext. 5758 or

What if I'm sick?

In the event you should become ill and unable to go to the Dining Hall, a sick tray may be requested by calling 419.289.5762. Sick tray menus are limited to two choices of a liquid/soft diet and a bland diet. Breakfast sick trays need to be requested before 7:30 a.m., lunch sick trays need to be requested before 10:30 a.m. and dinner sick trays need to be requested before 3:30 p.m. Sick trays may be picked up by a friend or roommate only after calling extension 5762. Click here to return to Dining Services Main Page.

About This Site

This Website is maintained on regular basis to provide up-to-date and accurate information. However, the weekly menu and special events can change without notice. If you have any concerns or comments please contact us. Thank you.

The Menu Gazette will be updated every week, and will tell you exactly what food is going to be served.

Dining Info


Menu Gazette
Dining Hall closes at 6:30p 4/16.
Happy Easter!


Monday – Friday

Breakfast: 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Closed: 2-4 p.m.
Dinner: 4-7 p.m.


Breakfast: 7:30-11 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 4-6:30 p.m.


Lunch: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 4-6:30 p.m.

Late Night Dining

10-11:30 p.m.


Dial x5762


Throughout the year, Ashland University Student Dining Services offers the campus community a change of pace by providing theme specials. These specials vary throughout the year and include Picnics, Karaoke,Chocolate Lovers, Halloween and Beach Party. These are just a few of the scheduled events.  Watch for new ones in the days to come.

student dining specials
student dining specials