1420 Knollview Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307
We are currently searching for our next Nutritionist to serve our campus, but our Dining Manager, Brenna Kelly , is available to answer questions about making healthy food choices, how to look and feel your best, and managing personal health issues or improving athletic performance. The online menus for the Rock Café and Quad Café provide nutrition facts, ingredients, and allergens for every food item served.
Students who follow a medically-prescribed diet are encouraged to contact the Nutritionist for guidance in finding your best food options. Documentation from your physician may be required to receive dietary accommodations.
Private consultations are free of charge to Ferris students and staff. The nutritionist accepts referrals from Birkham Health Center, the Personal Counseling Center, Disabilities Services, and athletic coaches. They work closely with the dining staff to ensure those with special dietary needs receive proper accommodations.
Other services offered are; tips on shopping and preparing meals at a low cost, presentations on nutrition topics in campus areas such as in residence halls, for registered student organizations, and other groups.
Ferris State University Dining Services staff strives to provide a wide variety of foods while accommodating to meet each student's needs. Nutri-Choice is a program designed to meet the following goals:
It is important to take the time and honestly evaluate our eating habits. Scientific research continually supports the fact that we can live a longer and healthier life by; exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, consuming a variety of foods and reducing our choices of fried and high-fat foods and decreasing our intake of excess salt and sugar.
For your educational purposes, we have provided helpful links to kick-start these healthy choices!
Celiac Disease and gluten free diet information
National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Food Allergy research and education
Livestrong - a site for food, fitness and health
Dining Services aims to provide safe and nutritious meals to everyone who dines with us. We recommend students and guests with food allergies inform the Host or Hostess at either The Rock or The Quad Café and ask to speak with a manager about your dietary needs. The Manager will assist you with menu suggestions and answer questions specific to your allergy. Students with a meal plan should also make an appointment to meet with the Dietitian and learn how we can provide you with more allergen-friendly selections at each facility. You may be required to provide an Accommodations Form about your dietary needs. If a doctor prescribes medicine like an EpiPen, carry it with you at all times to use in the event of an allergic reaction.
Students and guests can view the menus, recipe ingredients and potential allergens online or by using the iPad’s at the entrance to The Rock Café and Quad Café. The Allergen Filter, which is located in the upper right corner of the menu page, allows you to identify which foods may contain your allergens.
A Food Intolerance affects the digestive system, and the reaction comes on gradually and is usually not life-threatening.
Food Sensitivity is the umbrella term for any allergy, intolerance, or adverse reaction to food.
Nearly 15 million Americans have a food allergy and 3.3 million Americans are allergic to peanuts!
There are eight main allergens that account for 90% of all food allergies. These include:
The most severe reaction is called Anaphylaxis, which can include any of the severe symptoms listed above. If you believe that you or someone else is experiencing anaphylaxis, immediately call 911.
The Rock Café and Quad Café have the ability to accommodate our students and customers with gluten intolerance.
Download the Student Dietary Accommodations Form
For more information, contact the Registered Dietary Nutritionist
The life of a college student is hard enough without having to worry about where to eat and whether the food is "eatable." As a vegan or vegetarian student it shouldn’t be more difficult to find food options that fit your lifestyle choices. Dining Services works to make these options readily available. With a wide variety of stations, both the Rock Café and Quad Café are great for students. We offer a variety of vegan and vegetarian soups, entreés, salads, sandwiches and much more for your dining pleasure. Students can also take advantage of the iPads located at the entrances to our dining facilities and further explore nutritional facts on offers menu Items.
Ask your host/hostess upon entrance for more details
If you have questions or suggestions, please contact a manager at the Rock Café, Quad Café or our Registered Dietary Nutritionist.
Find out More about different types of plant-based diets, vital nutrients, and healthy vegetarian food choices in the Dining Centers.
If you follow a religious diet that requires special accommodations from Dining Services please email the Dining manager, Brenna Kelly, with the details of your dietary needs to set up an appointment and she will work with you on an individual basis to ensure that your religious and nutritional needs are being supported while dining on campus at Ferris State University.
Please contact Brenna Kelly, Dining Manager for dining accommodations and nutritional concerns. For all other accommodations please visit the Disability Services website for more information.
This position is currently vacant
This role is temporaraly being filled by Brenna Kelley
1420 Knollview Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307