Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

JUL 2019

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A PRO YOU SHOULD KNOW 20 FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES JULY 2019 Scholarship Bike Ride Supports Students | By Amelia Levin | Since 2010, Russ Meyer, former director of housing operations and dining services at the University of Nevada, Reno, has logged thousands of miles on his bike and raised thousands of dollars for the Clark DeHaven Scholarship Trust. The trust pro- vides merit scholarships to students at insti- tutions that are members of the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS). The students must be committed to pursuing careers in accred- ited programs in the foodservice profession or related areas. Since its inception, the trust has awarded 86 students and raised a total of $346,500. Here, Meyer shares some details on his 1,000-mile, or Mile High, ride from Reno, Nev., to the annual NACUFS conference in Denver this month. Q: How did the bike ride fundraiser start? A: Clark DeHaven was the Šrst executive director of NACUFS. When he passed away, a scholarship trust was set up in his name and I am one of its trustees. Initially, I helped with silent auctions, but when those ended in 2010, I wanted to think of a way I could generate some revenue. That year, the NACUFS national conference was being held in San Jose and I thought, "I could ride there from Reno; that's only 250 miles, and I bet I can raise some money to do it." I promoted it throughout the year and raised more than $17,000 that year. I haven't ridden every year because some places are just too far, but since this year's conference is in Denver, it seemed like a good time to do the ride again. Also, since I retired three years ago, I have a lot more time on my hands. Q: How much have you raised so far? A: I have raised over $4,000. I'm hoping to raise $30,000 this year. Q: Have you always been an avid cyclist? A: Years ago, I injured my left foot and basically had to have my foot rebuilt. At the time, my surgeon told me I shouldn't run long distances anymore. I had always rid- den a bike but started to ride it more and cycling became my exercise of choice. Q: Will others ride with you to NACUFS? A: I ride mostly alone but may have friends join me for a day or two. This year, my wife will drive ahead with our trailer and scope out campgrounds and rest stops and other places to stop for the night. We just sat down and plotted out our map yesterday. Q: Will there be a big celebration when you get to Denver? A: Nothing ofŠcial. I've had several people offer to buy me a beer and I intend to take them up on those offers. Q: How can the scholarship recipients use the money? A: Tuition, room and board, books and other costs for programs in the foodservice profession or related areas. It's up to them how they want to use the funds, but we review each candidate's Šnancial informa- tion and any existing scholarships so we award the most deserving applicants, taking into account their need for Šnancial aid. Q: How do you choose the scholarship recipients? A: We send out applications in the fall and Russell Meyer Director of Housing Operations and Dining Services (Retired) University of Nevada, Reno Reno, Nev. I am very concerned with providing opportunities for students to enter the eld.

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