Members of the Student Dining Committee provide insight into the student dining experience and focus on enhancements to sustainability, nutrition and student satisfaction.
Applications for the student dining committee open at the beginning of the fall semester. Chosen committee members will serve a term spanning one academic year (both fall and spring semesters). Committee members meet twice a month and receive a scholarship in the form of a free Go 13 dining plan. Members share opinions about their own dining experiences — as well as those of fellow students — to ensure WVU continues to meet the dining needs and expectations of all Mountaineers.
2023-2024 Student Dining Committee Members
|Rahat Arefy (Chair)||Rahat Arefy is a junior marketing major and serves as chair of the WVU Student Dining Committee. He is from Damascus, Maryland, and is also treasurer of the WVU Climbing Club. He’s traveled all over the East Coast, including most parts of West Virginia, crack climbing rock formations. Arefy’s favorite dining hall food station is Adobo Cantina at Café Evansdale. He joined the committee with the goal of ensuring student minority groups are given a voice to be in control of their on-campus dining experience.||Shrimp Fried Rice|
|McKenzie Davis||McKenzie Davis is a freshman biology major from Daniels. Davis has an interest in wildlife ecology and forages for edible plants throughout the changing seasons. When eating at the dining halls, she is partial to the salad bar and generally eats a balanced mix of fruits and vegetables. Davis, who has dietary restrictions, joined the committee to get more involved in campus life and help other students find food options that meet their needs and remind them of home.||Maqluba|
|Arthur Eason||Arthur Eason is a senior biochemistry major from Smithsburg, Maryland. Eason loves to fish, play Magic: The Gathering and read ghost stories. He loves the Mindful food stations at the dining halls, which focus on transparency of ingredients, delicious food and satisfying portions. Eason likes having access to food options that help him meet his nutritional goals. He joined the committee with the intention of bringing a little bit of home to each student through the food options available in the dining halls.||Italian Wedding Soup|
|Clayton Hammond||Clayton Hammond is a sophomore double majoring in finance and accounting. He hails from Bridgeport and enjoys being physically active, playing video games and spending time with friends. When he visits the dining halls, he gravitates to the Simple Servings station to grab healthy, tasty meals. Hammond knows the importance of proper nutrition and joined the committee to guarantee that students have access to a variety of healthy and flavorful foods.||Mimi's Mashed Potatoes|
|Ashley Hansen||Ashley Hansen is a freshman nursing major. She comes to us from Chicago, Illinois, and enjoys being social and meeting new faces. During her downtime, Hansen loves listening to music. Her favorite comfort food in the dining halls is cheese pizza with a side of ranch dressing. She also enjoys the made-to-order sandwich stations. Hansen joined the committee for the experience of working with a diverse group of students, to participate in discussions that will better the dining experience for all Mountaineers.||Lumpia|
|Alec Jacobsen||Alec Jacobsen is a freshman forensic chemistry major from Friendly, which is a small town in Tyler County. In his spare time, Jacobsen enjoys exploring the outdoors, going to the gym and cooking. He seeks out fresh food offerings at Hatfields, like the salad bar and Mongolian Grill station. He joined the committee with a focus on increasing the amount of dining hall food options available to students with dietary restrictions.||No Bake Raspberry Cheesecake|