Eating Healthy

Providing you with healthy options is something your dining team proudly does every day. We help you select delicious, nutritious and satisfying meals, snacks and desserts by highlighting well-balanced menu choices and providing nutritional information and tips to help you make choices that fit your needs.

Meet the Dietitians

Alexa Schmidt, RD, CDN and Julie Lee, MS, RD, CDN are registered dietitians with Binghamton University Dining Services.

Alexa and Julie work to enhance the health and well-being of students, faculty, and staff on campus. They provide nutrition consultations, guest lectures, nutrition programs, education materials, special diets (i.e., celiac disease, food allergies), and more. They are members of Binghamton University’s Eating Awareness Committee and B Healthy Steering Committee.

Nutrition consultations are available to students, faculty, and staff free of charge. The sessions are designed to help people obtain peak mental and physical performance through attention to their diet. Topics typically discussed during individual sessions are: basic nutrition guidelines, eating healthy on and off campus, nutritional supplements, eating on the run, pre-and post workout foods, guidelines for vegetarians, general health and wellness, food allergies, and more.

Contact Our Dietitians
To schedule an appointment or to request a nutrition program/lecture contact Alexa or Julie! 

Alexa Schmidt, RD, CDN
Office: Room 21, West Gym 
Office Phone: 607.777.2716   

Julie Lee, MS, RD, CDN  
Office: Rockefeller 265.  
Office Phone: 607.777.5413    

Special Dietary Needs
We can accommodate special dietary needs (i.e., gluten free, nut free, dairy free) at any Resident Dining center. Please contact Alexa or Julie to set up a meeting and/or learn more about this service.

Food Allergies

Simple Servings is a Resident Dining station found at Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center (C4) and Appalachian Collegiate Center (APP), providing safe and appetizing food choices for our customers with food allergies/intolerances and those who prefer plain and simple foods.

The Simple Servings station does not offer foods made with the FDA most-common allergens of peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, milk products, and eggs.  All foods offered are made without gluten-containing ingredients.  The typical menu includes two lean meats (i.e., chicken, fish), two vegetables (i.e., broccoli, carrots), one whole grain (i.e., brown rice, quinoa), one bean/lentil (garbanzo beans, black beluga lentils) option at lunch/dinner.   Brunch is served on weekends and is a "build your own" hash bowl.

Simple Servings staff members are carefully trained to avoid cross-contamination of their menu items.  Separate equipment, storage areas, utensils and preparation areas minimize the chances of gluten and allergens in our Simple Servings foods.

This station is incorporated into the servery to allow all students, even those without allergy concerns, to incorporate the options served at Simple Servings into their meal. We do ask that guests visit Simple Servings first and use the plates provided, to help us avoid cross contact with allergens that may be present at other stations.

In addition, we offer a My Zone area at C4 that offers a variety of items made without gluten and nuts such as cereal, bread, bagels, wraps, waffles, desserts, condiments, SunButter, dressings, and more each day. Additional items such as pizza, pancakes, French toast, and other entree choices are available upon request.  My Zone features a dedicated toaster, refrigerator and freezer. 

While the Simple Servings program and My Zone are designed to allow customers an easy way to avoid gluten and allergens, our chefs and dietitians still want to meet all of our customers with special food needs.  Knowing about customer preferences and limitations allows us to plan our menu to best meet everyone’s needs and allow for individualized meal planning when necessary.

We want to meet one-on-one with all of our guests who have individual dining needs to ensure that your dining experience is safe, delicious and social. If you have a food allergy/special diet concern, please contact us.

Resident Dining Director     
John Enright,, 607-777-4604

Registered Dietitian  
Alexa Schmidt, RD, CDN,, 607-777-2716 

Registered Dietitian   
Julie Lee, MS, RD, CDN,, 607-777-5413 

Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center (C4)
Unit Manager              Tammy Coroa,, 607-777-3191
Executive Chef            Sam Pfaffenbach, CFC,, 607-777-3192

Appalachian Collegiate Center (APP)
Unit Manager              Travis Sands,, 607-777-6831
Executive Chef            Sean Sculley,, 607-777-6852

College in the Woods (CIW)
Unit Manager             Sunil Adhikari,, 607-777-2710
Executive Chef           Rich Herb,, 607-777-3533

Simple Servings

Binghamton University Dining Services is pleased to offer a Simple Servings station in Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center (C4) and Appalachian Collegiate Center (APP).

At our Simple Servings stations, all dishes feature foods made without milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, and gluten for people with food allergies, gluten intolerance, or other special dietary needs. Because food allergies have increased in prevalence by over 50% in recent years, Simple Servings is dedicated to serving simply prepared foods with special consideration to minimize cross-contamination and to keep foods safe for all to enjoy. Try Simple Servings for your next meal at one of the on-campus dining locations. Keep your servings simple and plates full.

My Zone

The My Zone area at C4 Dining Center offers a variety of items made without gluten and nuts. Items include cereal, bread, bagels, wraps, waffles, desserts, condimentts, SunButter, and more each day. Additional items such as pizza, pancakes, French toast, and other entrees choices are available upon request. My Zone features a dedicated toaster, refrigerator and freezer.

Wellness Meals

A wellness meal is a delicious, balanced meal that meets a specific nutrient AND food profile. Students will be able to choose a Wellness Meal in any residence hall at breakfast, lunch and/or dinner, Monday through Friday, and at brunch and/or dinner on Saturday/Sunday. These meals will always include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy and lean protein. Choosing these meals, even occasionally, will add up to a healthier you!


Our dietitians, chefs, front-of-house staff, and anyone involved in campus food service operations participate in an allergy training certification program called AllerTrain. AllerTrain is the leading food allergy and gluten-free training program for the food service industry.

This course is specially designed for people who serve food in a college or university setting to understand, not only know how to recognize allergic reactions, but also how to have a dining set-up that will help prevent these reactions from occurring.

Staff was educated on food packaging label requirements, distinguishable factors between cross-contact and cross-contamination and habits/handling techniques to prevent either from happening, and much more. It is very important to us that all students here at Binghamton University are given plenty of dining options, even if you have a food allergy or celiac disease.

Mindful mindful-icon-35x32.png

Mindful is Sodexo's health & wellness approach that helps you make healthy choices second nature! We are committed to creating healthy environments for our customers. Central to this effort is providing healthy, nutritious foods. The result of this initiative is an approach that focuses on transparency of ingredients, delicious food, satisfying portions and clarity in message so that you can make Mindful choices!

Mindful offerings meet stringent nutritional criteria based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Each meal part is limited in calories, has fewer than 30% of calories as fat, fewer than 10 % of calories as saturated fat, and is restricted in sodium, and cholesterol. Look for the Mindful icon to indulge in the healthy and delicious items offered at each meal.

Vegetarian-35x35.pngMenu items with the vegetarian icon contain no meat, fish or poultry, or any meat products such as soup base. Our vegetarian offerings meet the needs of lacto-ovo vegetarians and may include eggs and/or dairy products.

Vegan-35x35.pngVegan offerings contain no meat, fish, eggs, milk or other animal-derived products such as honey.