October 10, 2017

Convert on your Inspiration

Do you consider yourself someone who is easily inspired?

We've all gone through times when we see a video on Facebook or YouTube and want to act right away. Maybe you see a photo of someone in super good shape or see someone living a luxurious lifestyle and think, "I can do that. Let's get started."

That's awesome. Those things can be used for motivation to be more efficient in your every day lives. However, more often than not, you may fall into the trap of staying still and not moving - not acting - not doing.

You tell yourself, "I'll do it later."

"I'll start eating healthy tomorrow."
"I'll start studying tomorrow."
"I'll just wake up early and do it."
"I'm too tired."

I'm not saying I've never said these type of things. I've had my FAIR share of times I've taken the easy way out and stayed stagnant. I've made the conscious effort to push past this barrier and attack things as soon as I feel that feeling of inspiration or motivation.

Creating a To-Do List for the week is great. Writing down your thoughts reinforces your priorities and keeps your mind in the right state.

I have found I am much more efficient if I only write down things I want to get done THAT day. This means I create my plan of action the night before. I do have a calendar with important due dates because I like to know what is ahead.

Instead of compiling a long list of things I need to complete, I create a step-by-step plan. This gets rid of the overwhelming feeling of seeing a huge list of things that need to be done.

I call it a "Plan of Action." You can prioritize your tasks whatever way you want. Say you want to knock out the most important things first or complete the tasks that are most time-sensitive. Whatever it may  be.

What I do may be different than what you do. Maybe you like to procrastinate, and that's how you get things done.

Not me.

I like to get things done that matter most right away so I don't have to stress and constantly be thinking of when I will attack that action.

Now that I'm back in school, I have to be more aware since I have multiple responsibilities. Even if you're not going to school and don't have "many" responsibilities, you can use this "Plan of Action" strategy to improve in your personal life.

Maybe you want to read more. Maybe you want to start waking up earlier and going to bed earlier. Write out a plan of attack so you can stick to it. They say a behavior becomes a habit after 21 occurrences. 

Hold yourself accountable.

How do you stay on track? I'd love to hear what works for you!

September 29, 2017

Two Words - FREE MONEY

Blugold Diner’s Club Bonus Day.

Say what?

Blugold Diner’s Club is tailored to students living in Chancellor’s Hall, Haymarket Landing, Mogenson Hall, Priory Hall and off campus. Of course, faculty and staff can be members of this meal plan too.

What does it entail? What is Blugold Diner’s Club?

If I had to describe Diner’s Club in one sentence, I would tell you,

“You choose what you pay for.”

Essentially, you are the one who chooses your deposit amount. With other meal plans, it is one set price.

With Diner’s Club, you have the power.

I’ll give you a scenario. Let’s say you’re a junior living in Chancellor’s Hall. You have a kitchen in your apartment-style dorm and enjoy cooking once in a while. Diner’s Club would be the most logical meal plan to purchase because you won’t be wanting to go to the cafeteria and walking all the way down the hill for every meal.

Here’s the big catch.

Two times per semester, all Blugold Diner’s Club members have the opportunity to deposit money into their account. What’s even better is that they can get 10 percent back of that deposit.

So, you’re saying if I deposited $300 I would get $30 back? Isn’t that just like getting free money?

You bet!

Once you make a deposit, you will receive a Blugold Dining gift card for 10 percent of the amount you deposited.

If that’s not enough reasons you should become a Blugold Diner’s Club member, you can read more HERE. Make sure to follow us on Instagram too for EXCLUSIVE OFFERS!

September 13, 2017

What's Up! Name's John. Let Me Tell You What I Do.

Hi, everyone! Before we jump into things, I’d just like to take the time to introduce myself. My name is John Mattison, and I am the marketing intern for Blugold Dining.

Marketing Intern for Blugold Dining? What does that even mean? What do you do? Do you cook the food? Are you a cashier? Oh, I bet you clean the tables and take out the trash at the end of the day, don’t ya?

Not quite.

Now that we’re all back to school, let’s take a quiz. If you get the answer correct, you win yourself a pat on the back. The best kind of prize there is.

What does John do as a marketing intern for Blugold Dining?

A) Create & post content on social media
B) Host & work at events around campus
C) Work alongside the Campus Harvest group
D) Brainstorm promotional ideas with the Blugold Dining marketing team
E) All of the above

If you chose option E, you’re the best. Seriously, you are. You’re a Blugold.

Now that you know what I do as an intern, let me tell you more about myself.

I’m a fifth year senior at the university majoring in marketing and public relations.

I was born in Rochester, Minnesota and came to Eau Claire wanting to become a Physical Therapist. I started out majoring in Kinesiology. Soon after I completed my first anatomy class, I realized it wasn’t for me. I did my research, talked to multiple advisers and figured out I wanted to major in communications. So, at the beginning of sophomore year, I declared my major as Integrated Strategic Communication-Public Relations. That’s a mouthful.

By the end of sophomore year, a light bulb sparked in my brain as I found out I’m super interested in the business side of things. I have always been competitive and sports-minded as I played basketball all the way through my freshman year here at Eau Claire. That being said, I wanted to bring that competitive edge to the business world, specifically marketing.

If you see a trend within the way my college career is going, you’re right. A lot of change has occurred. I declared my second major as marketing at the end of sophomore year. I went from Physical Therapy to Public Relations to adding Marketing to my degree audit in the span of under three years.


As I approached my junior year, I knew what industry I wanted to have a career in. For most of my friends, they had it set in stone what they wanted to do when they arrived on their first day of college. Things weren’t as easy deciding for me. Being someone who changes his mind so often, I was extremely satisfied finally knowing I was on the correct path.

Skip ahead to this year – my fifth and final year. Yes, I know, you’re probably thinking, “Oh, you’re a fifth-year senior? Just get out of here already.” Or maybe you’re thinking, “Wow, a fifth-year senior? I bet you’re like super smart and stuff!”

I’ll take the second one.


I’m going into my last full year at UW-Eau Claire. Let me tell you what I did this summer since I know you’re all dying to hear. As every college student knows, or at least should know, internships and work experience are important when applying for jobs. I’ve been blessed to have three internships in my time at college. This summer I had the life-changing opportunity to intern with USA TODAY in its Creative Strategy and Marketing department. I should also mention that it was located in New York City.

I’ll talk about internships and their value another time because there is so much to tell you about and what I learned. I just wanted to use this post to introduce myself, tell you some basics of what I do for Blugold Dining and hopefully bring you some value or escapism from studying.

I graduate this spring, so I will be passing off the intern torch before graduation. So, if you are interested in possibly taking my place next year, I would love to chat with you.

If you have any questions regarding Blugold Dining, meal plans, or just want to talk about life, shoot me an email at mattisjm@uwec.edu.

I’m looking forward to interacting with you this year! If you have any recommendations about anything - I mean anything - let me know! 

Make sure you follow UWEC Dining on Instagram for cool tips, prizes, giveaways, etc.

Cheers to an awesome year!

May 23, 2017

Blugold Dining Awards $5K in New Scholarships, $500 in Food to 4 UWEC Students

Blugold Dining has awarded newly created scholarships to two of its student employees at UWEC, each in the amount of $2,500, and Blugold Dining also has awarded two other student workers with $250 apiece in food.

Ali Betz and Courtney Weihing netted $2,500 apiece as the inaguaral recipients of Blugold Dining’s scholarships, now presented annually to two UWEC students. Dier Pulatov and Thao Tran each received a $250 Blugold Dining gift card as runner-ups. Thirty applicants were evaluated based on their contributions to Blugold Dining and the campus community; their GPA, work experience, extracurricular activities and community service; and essays on their personal goals and the importance of food in campus life.

A junior theater major, Betz, of Verona, has worked at Marketplace at Davies Center for three years, taking orders and preparing food at numerous stations. She carries a 3.2 GPA. “Each day, I make sure to be at my best and make sure that each customer has the best experience they can have,” said Betz, who aspires to become an actress and eventually a teacher. “I work my absolute hardest at all times and make sure each customer gets the care and attention they deserve.”

In three years with Blugold Dining, Weihing, a junior biology major from Seymour, has been a regular face at Riverview Cafe at the Hilltop Center. As a student manager, Weihing helps with the production of food, the opening and closing of the cafeteria and the hiring of student staff. She has a 3.4 GPA. Working for Blugold Dining “has not only shaped me as a driven individual, but it has taught me about having responsibilities other than my own,” said Weihing, who wants to become a physician’s assistant in pediatric oncology. “I have demonstrated a will to work and the ability to continually take on more responsibility.”

From Uzbekistan, Pulatov, a finance junior with a 3.7 GPA, has worked as a Blugold Dining cashier for two years. He also fundraises for the university, securing more than $11,000 in donations from alumni. “Coming from a different country, Sodexo was my first friend on campus,” Pulatov said. “I decided to join the dining team to get exposed to various aspects of university life. I made so many friends just by talking to my colleagues and customers. I truly enjoy my work and delivering excellent service on campus.”

A senior business finance major, Tran, from Vietnam, has worked the past three years at The Dulany Inn at Davies Center and as a catering student manager. Tran regularly interacts with customers, providing information, offering suggestions and answering questions. She boasts a 3.8 GPA. “I have worked hard to make a positive difference in the dining experience and customer service,” said Tran, who wants to become a statistician. “Food plays an important role in the academic performance of students and in campus life.”

December 2, 2016

UWEC Food Drive Generates 3,297 Pounds of Food, $1,642 for Local Food Bank

Blugold Dining collected 3,297 pounds of food and $1,642 in cash from UWEC students, faculty and staff on Nov. 30 during its Helping Hands Across America food drive at Davies Center.

The food and cash has been donated to Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire, benefiting senior citizens, single parents, the working poor, the homeless, the mentally ill and others across the Chippewa Valley. More than 14,500 people each month – 38 percent of them children – rely on food from Feed My People programs. The past 10 years, the Helping Hands Across America food drive has produced 35,740 pounds of food and $5,097 in cash for Feed My People.

November 23, 2016

Helping Hands Across America Food Drive Coming to Davies Center on Nov. 30

Blugold Dining invites UWEC students, faculty and staff to fight hunger and help those in need across the Chippewa Valley by taking part in its Helping Hands Across America food drive, on Nov. 30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Davies Center main entrance, across from the Service Center.
All nonperishable food and cash collected will be donated to Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire, benefiting senior citizens, single parents, the working poor, the homeless, the mentally ill and others. Last year’s Helping Hands Across America food drive produced 3,087 pounds of food and $1,184 in cash for Feed My People.
Feed My People suggests donations of canned fruit, canned vegetables and peanut butter. Food can’t be expired and can’t be damaged in any way that affects its suitability for consumption. Food that’s not labeled won’t be accepted. Nonperishable food will be available for purchase (at cost) inside Marketplace at Davies Center on Nov. 30. Donations of bottled water are also permitted.
“Blugold Dining is committed to raising awareness of hunger – a problem that affects thousands of people right here in our backyard,” Blugold Dining Resident District Manager Christian Wise said. “We’re again coming together as a campus to provide much-needed support to those suffering from hunger in our community, and we hope this effort will help get more people involved in this important cause.”

November 15, 2016

Blugold Dining Meeting the Needs of UWEC Students with Allergies

Blugold Dining Executive Chef Debbie Allen has become certified as an AllerTrain master trainer, making her an expert at serving UWEC students with food allergies and intolerances, as well as students with special dietary needs.

At Riverview Cafe, the all-you-care-to-eat cafeteria at the Hilltop Center, Allen plans the daily menu for nearly 3,000 students, some of whom have dietary restrictions, such as a gluten intolerance. She regularly meets with students who have allergies – and their parents – to determine what’s suitable within their diet, then she ensures specific food is available at Riverview Cafe so students don’t have to leave campus to eat.

Allen traveled this month to Denver for the Food Allergy Symposium for Industry, a gathering of food service stakeholders who specialize in food allergies. Her colleague, Blugold Dining Resident District Manager Christian Wise, will attend School Food Focus – Change Beyond the Plate – specializing in the need for fresh, local ingredients, in December in Braselton, Georgia. An Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Kevin Concannon, will be the keynote speaker at the conference. It’s all in the name of improving the quality of life of UWEC students.

“I’ve started to notice the change in eating habits among students and the growing number of people with allergies,” said Allen, who has spent 20 years with Sodexo, including the past four at UWEC. “I have an open-door policy, so students know they can come in, and we can sit down and work out the issue. We talk, listen and come up with a plan to make everyone comfortable with dining on campus.”