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Source: Michelle Netson, 785-532-5031, mnetson@k-state.edu.
News release prepared by: Greg Tammen, 785-532-2535, media@k-state.edu

Thursday, May 20, 2010

HOUSING AND DINING SERVICES AT K-STATE RECEIVES $2,600 NATIONAL AWARD

MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's housing and dining services was recently recognized with an honorable mention award of $2,600 from Computrition Inc., a leading developer of hospitality, food management and patient care automation.

The national award comes as part of housing and dining services' usage of Computrition Inc. software solutions. According to Michelle Netson, food management systems administrator for housing and dining services, K-State uses the software extensively -- including for menu management selection, inventory control, ordering features to outside vendors, internal satelliting operations, cost accounting and nutritional analysis for every recipe.

"I'm very excited about the award," Netson said. "It was a competition for Computrition users, so it let us know how robustly we use their system compared to others and how to be even more effective and efficient in the way we use it."

Netson will use the award to purchase nutrition labeling software, which will allow for ingredients to be listed by weight in descending order, as mandated by the Food and Drug Administration's 2009 food code. While the software will mainly be used in the Jardine bakery and CornerStone Coffee and Tea venue, which opens in August, it also will be used in the C-stores, which sell sandwiches and cookies made and packaged by the housing and dining services.

Three classes offered by K-State's department of hospitality management and dietetics also use Computrition Inc.'s software. Netson said exposure to the software is a huge resume builder as Computrition Inc.'s software is nationally recognized.