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Dining contract discontinued at year’s end

Along with the upcoming end of the school year, the university’s contract with food service provider Eurest will end too.

Bradley has opted against renewing with Eurest, which has been the university’s food provider for nearly 60 years.

A committee, composed of administration members, faculty members and three students, has been interviewing other food provider candidates.

Eurest provides all of the food on campus, including the Williams Dining Hall, Geisert Dining Hall, Center Court, Outtakes, the Student Center food court and event catering.

All 108 dining service employees work for Eurest, as well.

In a letter they received Monday, the employees were notified that their jobs at Bradley will end June 10, 2012. However, as stated in the letter, the new company Bradley chooses may interview former employees to hire “with the intention to maintain continuity of services.”

Vice President for Business Affairs Gary Anna said the university would not comment specifically on the contract at this time.

“The Eurest employees have received some mandatory communications and are informed as to what the process will be going forward,” he said. “We continue to be appreciative of their service and attention to the dining needs of the campus community.”

Some Eurest employees, who said they preferred to remain anonymous, said they are anxious about the future of their positions.

“I love my job here,” one employee said. “Because of my age, it could be harder if I need to find a job. All I can do is pray.”

Another said working with students is the best part of the job.

“Working here, with students instead of the public, really keeps you young,” the employee said. “But we are nervous because this is our livelihood.”

The university has not yet commented if a new food provider has been chosen.

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