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By The Auxiliary Services Team

Have you been enjoying all the changes to UH Dining? Do you regularly visit a food truck on campus? Do you enjoy the halal station or the gluten-free station at Moody Towers Dining Commons?

None of these things would be on campus were it not for the pivotal advice and feedback from the Food Service Advisory Committee. The Food Service Advisory Committee, or FSAC, meets regularly during the fall and spring semesters to discuss all things dining on the UH campus. Its members offer advice on how to improve programs, relay feedback from the UH community and exchange ideas on initiatives that will best serve the needs of students, faculty and staff.

The current committee is made up of 13 voting members and 12 ex-officio/non-voting members. These members represent a wide variety of UH groups, departments and organizations, including Student Government Association, the Residence Hall Association, the Student Center Policy Board, Staff Council and Faculty Senate.

FSAC is one of several such advisory committees. Others provide valuable advice for Parking and Transportation and the UH Bookstore.

In Their Own Words: FSAC Member Highlights

Jordyn Chaffold

Committee Vice-Chair, Voting Member, Student Center Policy Board

Jordyn Chaffold FSAC memberWhy did you join FSAC?

I really wanted to be a part of FSAC a year before I was appointed. I feel passionately about this school, and food and parking are two of the biggest things holding us back from being the best we can be. I personally am more passionate about food as a whole, so I decided to go with FSAC as my primary committee.

How do you feel FSAC benefits students and the UH community?

FSAC advises UH Auxiliary Services as well as the current food provider on what could be done differently to bring higher student acceptance of our dining offerings. Whether it be the quality of the food, the prices or the offerings that are available, we make recommendations on what could be better.


Zeel Vora

Voting Member, Student Government Association

Zeel Vora FSAC memberWhy did you join FSAC?

I joined FSAC because there was an obvious disregard of vegan and vegetarian students when it came to on-campus dining. As a vegan student myself, there were multiple nights where all I was able to eat was french fries. It was clear that there were no vegans or vegetarians on the committee to advocate for the students. Thus, I decided to apply and then was appointed by SGA.

How do you feel FSAC benefits students and the UH community?

FSAC benefits everyone because it takes the opinions of students in one of the most important aspects of student life: dining. It is a great way for students to voice their concerns and advocate for each other, and because food is such an integral part of the UH campus, it has one of the largest effects.


Aspen Shariff-Bey FSAC memberAspen Shariff-Bey

Voting Member, Residence Hall Association

Why did you join FSAC?

I joined FSAC because I am highly passionate about food service. I wanted to have a voice in the food I eat and pay for. I enjoy the fact that this committee can create tangible change and affect all students on campus directly.

How do you feel FSAC benefits students and the UH community?

FSAC helps select new dining locations, meal plans and operation hours.  This directly impacts students’ day-to-day lives. All decisions that we make are with the best interest of students in mind. We help convey any issues students have with most food service providers on campus.

Lisa Martin

Assistant Librarian, Voting Member, Faculty Senate

Lisa Martin FSAC memberWhy did you join FSAC?

I eat on campus, too! Food matters to faculty and librarians as much as it does to students — we’re planning to be here for years to come.  And, as someone who was a residential student at the University and who currently serves as liaison librarian for the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, I know how important food can be to students for community-building, happiness and even retention.

How do you feel FSAC benefits students and the UH community?

As last year’s contract dispute with Aramark showed, FSAC can be incredibly powerful.  I believe it’s important to see our campus providers be held to the contracts which they signed and, by so doing, provide benefit to students and the UH community.


Make Your Voice Heard! Contact FSAC

If you have a dining or food service issue, see a part of the UH community that could be better served, have an idea on how to improve dining service at UH — or if you just want to say what a great job UH Dining is doing — contact the FSAC chair or vice-chair. They welcome all types of feedback and ideas from students, faculty and staff.

And if you’re interested in joining FSAC or another service advisory committee, visit our website regularly for opportunities to apply for an at-large position. The application period for this academic year is currently closed, but new applications will become available at the start of the 2018-19 academic year.

FSAC Voting Members 2017-18

Chris Caldwell
Chair, Student Center Policy Board
Term Expires: May 31, 2018
Email: cjcaldwell@uh.edu

Jordyn Chaffold
Vice-Chair, Student Center Policy Board
Term Expires: May 31, 2018
Email: jmchaffold@uh.edu

Zeel Vora
Student Government Association
Term Expires: May 31, 2018

Adrian Hernandez
Student Government Association
Term Expires: May 31, 2018

Dean Suchy
Student Government Association
Term Expires: May 31, 2019

Aspen Shariff-Bey
Residence Hall Association
Term Expires: May 31, 2018

Zhanna Vandershoot
Residence Hall Association
Term Expires: May 31, 2018

Lisa Martin
Faculty Senate
Term Expires: Aug. 31, 2020

Swati Basu
Faculty Senate
Term Expires: May 31, 2018
Email: sbasu5@uh.edu

Matthew Castillo
Staff Council
Term Expires: Aug. 31, 2018

Pamela Moses
Staff Council
Term Expires: Aug. 31, 2020

Crystal Solis-Saucedo
At-Large Residential
Term Expires: May 31, 2018

Deven Narayan
At-Large Residential
Term Expires: May 31, 2018

Ex-Officio/Non-Voting Members

  • Emily Messa, Associate VC/VP Administration
  • Neil Hart, Executive Director, Auxiliary Services
  • Keith T. Kowalka, Assistant VP Student Affairs/Student Life
  • Eve Esch, Director, Student Centers, Student Center
  • Don Yackley, Executive Director, Student Housing & Residential Life
  • Maria Honey, Assistant Director, Marketing and Communication
  • Rosie Ashley, Program Director, Auxiliary Services
  • Matt Prasifka, Program Director, Auxiliary Services
  • Christina R. Martinez, Food Safety Specialist, Environmental Health & Life Safety
  • Karla Acosta, Food Safety Specialist, Environmental Health & Life Safety
  • David Riddle, Chartwells Resident District Manager

 

posted: Monday, Oct. 23, 2017