college living
Executive Commentary
Student Success? Start with the Stomach
Satya-Christophe Menard
Satya-Christophe Menard
CEO Schools and Universities Worldwide at Sodexo

A few years ago, my wife and I sent our oldest abroad to high school. We were all equally nervous. This was a boy for whom we had cared, worried over and fed for 18 years. Yet, suddenly, he was supposed to do it all himself? (more…)

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Innovation, Specialization and Preparation: The Axioms of Success
Barry Telford
Barry Telford
CEO, Universities West, Sodexo North America President, Sodexo Canada

Quality of Life is foundational to human well-being, affecting every aspect of life at every stage of life.

Starting college is a milestone for students, beset with excitement, anticipation—and anxiety. (more…)

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Embracing Chaos: Disruption as a Catalyst for Change
Barry Telford
Barry Telford
CEO, Universities West, Sodexo North America President, Sodexo Canada

Disruption – disaster or opportunity? The 2008 global recession was a milestone, profoundly affecting every aspect of the economy, with repercussions extending to the present. The military term “VUCA” sums up the situation: “volatile, uncertain, complicated, and ambiguous.” (more…)

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The importance of Environment Higher Education
Rob Hailey
Rob Hailey
Senior Associate Vice President,
University Services,
Tulane University

Shifting global trends have had a significant impact on the business, economic and political landscapes—and the academic world is not immune. (more…)

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Helping Campus Partners Demonstrate the Value of Exceptional College Experiences
Barry Telford
Barry Telford
CEO, Universities West, Sodexo North America President, Sodexo Canada

From the kitchen table to the political stage, the ever-increasing cost to attend college has become a hot topic of discussion. As costs have risen, students have taken on more and more student loan debt and other forms of financial liability to finance their education. Adding to the apprehension, many of these students face an uncertain job market after graduation, making it difficult to manage living expenses and student loan payments. (more…)

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Ode to Living on Campus by a Member of Generation Z
Jake Hughes
Jake Hughes
University of Maryland Student &
Sodexo Future Leader Intern

I represent Generation Z, a generation that spent our childhood taking care of virtual pets on Neopets and playing Pokémon Yellow on a Gameboy. We made Facebook accounts in middle school, as Facebook Memories likes to continuously remind us. We watched our parents cry during the terror attacks on the World Trade Center. We experienced “The Great Recession” firsthand. We saw millions of gallons of oil pour into the Gulf of Mexico. We witnessed our siblings terrified to go to school the day after the Columbine Shooting.

We’re a product of information, communication, and innovation. We’ve seen hardships not only on a national scale, but also on a global scale. The fusion of all of these experiences has led to a new generational mentality- one of strong work ethic, global understanding, and technological reliance. (more…)