The Catholic University of America

July 17, 2006

CUA Contracts with ARAMARK to Provide Dining Services

New Contract will Bring Starbucks, Quiznos to Campus in January 2007

The Catholic University of America announced today that ARAMARK Higher Education has been selected as the university's residential dining and retail food services provider for the next three to five years.

The agreement, with potential sales of up to an estimated $11 million per year, will provide redesigned campus dining, catering and special event services for the more than 7,700 students, faculty and staff of CUA, the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States. ARAMARK will begin providing campus dining services on Aug. 1, 2006, under terms of a three-year contract (with provisions for two one-year extensions).

The partnership between CUA and ARAMARK is the culmination of a seven-month redesign of campus dining services, said Ralph Scherini, CUA associate vice president for business services. Scherini spearheaded the redesign effort, which included student, staff and faculty surveys, focus groups and an outside consultant's evaluation of CUA dining and catering needs, leading to a request for proposals that attracted six competitive bids.

"The search for the right partner was a major component of Catholic University's reinvention of food services," Scherini said. "It was time to take campus dining to the next level and ARAMARK has shown itself to be up to the task."

A leading provider of food, facility and other support services to approximately 600 colleges and universities in the United States, ARAMARK serves more than 200 million meals annually to students, faculty and visitors.

Roland Depew has been named the ARAMARK general manager and dining services director at Catholic University. He currently is on site and working with a transition team from ARAMARK and university staff.

Depew comes to Catholic University with more than 32 years of food services experience.

"Taking care of the customer has always been my number one priority," Depew said. "I understand the important role dining plays in enhancing the student community experience on campus."

Some of the new offerings ARAMARK will bring to CUA include the January 2007 introduction of a Starbucks on the third floor of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center and a Quiznos in the Pryzbyla Center's food court, where it will join the Chick-fil-A and several other themed food stations. New coffee stations - including a kiosk at Leahy Hall - will be added as well. The transition also will bring retooled meal plans, extended dining facility hours, holiday hours and the option to introduce additional services including a cyber café and professional concessions in support of athletic and arts events on campus.

The Philadelphia-based company was chosen for their demonstrated expertise in food service management and the quality and value of the program they proposed for Catholic University, Scherini said. "ARAMARK seemed to set the right tone for the redesign of the overall dining program we're seeking," Scherini said. "It is going to be a very exciting year in dining services at Catholic University."

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The Catholic University of America, located in the heart of Washington, D.C., is unique as the national university of the Catholic Church in America. Founded in 1887 and chartered by Congress, the university opened as a graduate research institution. Undergraduate programs were introduced in 1904. Today the private and coeducational campus has approximately 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in 12 schools including architecture and planning, arts and sciences, canon law, engineering, law, library and information science, music, nursing, philosophy, social service, theology and religious studies and a college for adult learners. Visit the university Web site at

ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. In FORTUNE magazine's 2006 list of "America's Most Admired Companies," ARAMARK was ranked number one in its industry, consistently ranking since 1998 as one of the top three most admired companies in its industry as evaluated by peers and industry analysts. The company also was ranked first in its industry in the 2006 FORTUNE 500 survey. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 240,000 employees serving clients in 20 countries. Learn more at the company's Web site at

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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,