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Hendrix College Dining Services Brings Home Three Gold Awards in NACUFS Competition

CONWAY, Ark. (July 13, 2021) – The National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) has announced the recipients of the NACUFS 2020 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards, and once again, Hendrix Dining Services came away with high honors.  

Competing with other small institutions nationwide, Hendrix Dining Services received three Gold Awards in the categories of Residential Dining Facility; Residential Dining – Special Event (for ’80s Rewind Day in the Caf); and Catering – Special Event (a French Quarter-themed brunch provided for the Board of Trustees).

“Our team works exceptionally hard to provide an outstanding dining experience for our campus every day, but that hard work especially shines for our special events,” said Dawn Hearne, director of dining services for the College. “Our staff truly care about providing unmatched food and service and are very deserving of this national honor.”

Named for a NACUFS founder, past president, and highly regarded innovator, the Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards celebrate exemplary menus, presentations, special event planning, and new dining concepts, and provide an avenue for sharing ideas and creative presentations in campus dining services.

Fifty-eight member institutions across North America submitted entries in six categories. A team of six judges and a committee chair safely gathered in East Lansing in June 2021 to examine each entry and selected top candidates in each category. Competing for these prestigious awards helps reinforce the success of dining programs nationwide and builds a sense of pride and team spirit among dining staff. Sharing creativity and knowledge with other foodservice professionals is a key component of NACUFS membership.

All winners are listed on the NACUFS website. The Grand Prize winners will be announced at a later date.


The National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) was founded in 1958 by a group of college and university foodservice professionals from across the United States. Since its inception, NACUFS has focused on its mission to support and promote excellence in collegiate dining by providing members with the programs and resources they need to excel, from benchmarking and best practices to educational programming and professional networking. NACUFS institutional members include private colleges to large public universities, and two-year colleges to four-year universities and span the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and beyond. Industry members include food and equipment manufacturers, distributors, brokers, foodservice support companies, councils, boards, trade associations, advisory commissions, and other professional groups. For more information, visit

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit