Binghamton University Dining Services helps make University Union a center for student engagement

Schools and Libraries

January 26, 2017

Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) in collaboration with other campus departments continues to expand the number of events held inside the MarketPlace to increase student engagement at the University Union.

The MarketPlace features diverse food venues including local restaurants, a student-run operation, and national chains.

"The MarketPlace is the center of campus with a perfect view of the Peace Quad," said Marketing Specialist Casey Slocum. "We want it to be a place students not only want to eat, but to study, relax, connect with other students, and create memories."  

By all accounts, the increased promotion is working. The Marketplace sales volume from Fall 2016 has increased 11 percent from previous Fall semester and 29 percent from all of 2014.

BUDS to date has hosted "Taste of the MarketPlace" during Welcome Week in August, trivia nights, Taco Tuesday, a Halloween Glow Party, a winter luau, and "Meet the Manager" activities including decorating a giant gingerbread house during the holidays.

"We have a robust calendar mapped out for Spring 2017, including a regular occurrence of 'Meet the Dietitian' tabling with Registered Dietitian Julie Lee, more trivia nights, open mic nights, and a 'Treat Yourself" night on Valentine's Day with local BOCES students giving manicures and hair styling, plus smoothie face masks and food specials," said Slocum.

An RUGreen sustainability-focused event is scheduled for Saint Patrick's Day and a "Battle of the Chefs" salsa-making competition will take place in May in honor of Cinco de Mayo.

For more information about Binghamton University Dining Services by Sodexo, contact Casey Slocum, Sodexo unit marketing coordinator at 607 777 3014 and via email at