Introducing the new Flyer Enterprises App!

Introducing the New Flyer Enterprises App!

In Spring 2016, FE IT employees Abby Schatzman (current CIO) and myself – Katie Deneen (VP Digital Marketing) pitched the idea to develop the corporation’s first mobile application at the Flyer Enterprises’ Business Plan Competition. The idea won and received a lot of interest. To make the dream a reality, the IT team spent the next year developing the app.

Today, we are pleased to announce that the mobile app is now available to download on iOS in the AppStore allowing customers to browse menus, take advantage of  promotions, earn rewards, and more!

Personally, using the  new capabilities of the Flyer Enterprises app  I’ve managed to save myself money, time, and even scored a taste of some delicious new products! I use the app everyday to stay up to date on my favorite divisions, keep track of my reward punches, respond to real-time notifications, and much more!  Now with the app available you can do the same.

Here are some examples of how you can use the app daily:

Access and Track your Reward Cards

With the Flyer Enterprises App, you can digitally punch a reward card for all divisions all in one place. Say goodbye to those paper cards that always seem to disappear! To view rewards cards, go to an individual division and select Rewards. Select a rewards card and start gaining points. Its that easy!

Stay Up to Date  on Divisions with Promotion Notifications

You can now gain easy access to FE discounts and annoucements by enabling push notifications.  Be the first to be notified of:

  • Discounts on special items for each division
  • Monthly featured items. Example: In August the Blend has the Sugar and Spice Latte
  • Chances to enter raffles for cool prizes or even free trips…Did someone say a free trip to Daytona??
  • Changes in store operating hours

View Division Menus, Anywhere Anytime

Within each division page, you can see menus before you even arrive! You can even view ingredients, prices, and descriptions of each product.

Learn more and Connect With Us

Once you have downloaded the app in the AppStore you can start using some of the amazing features! View our app tutorial, privacy policy, and change your user settings. Submit new ideas, questions, and feeback under the Settings – Support Page and reach out to us on Twitter.

The App Developers: (left to right)  Ajay Patniak, Ryan Farrar,  Luke Sabbath, Matt Hldebrandt

cheers to coffee and christmas on campus!

For Christmas on Campus the Blend is giving away free coffee and hot chocolate courtesy of Boston Stoker and Gordon Food Service!
During finals week The Blend is launching a delivery system throughout the library. During peak hours  a barista will walk around with a “coffee cart” (think the candy trolley from Harry Potter) and selling our most popular coffees, pastries, and water bottles. This is a really exciting new venture!
Additionally, the Blend Express will be giving away free coffee. I repeat FREE CAFFEINE! It will be served  in the Miriam Hall Atrium according to the following schedule.
Saturday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 12, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 15, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 16, 9 a.m.
BLEND EXPRESS Extended Hours of Operation
Monday, Dec. 12, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 15, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
THE BLEND Extended Hours of Operation
Friday, Dec. 9, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 11, 12 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 12, 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Thursday, Dec. 15, 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 16, 8 a.m. – Noon

Happy holidays and happy studying! 

Stay Caffeinated. 

A Voyage around the World

By Katie Deneensas-spring-map

My name is Katie Deneen. I am a sophomore here at UD and am the web developer for the Flyer Enterprises Information Technology team. This spring 2nd semester I will be doing Semester at Sea (SAS). Semester at Sea is a third party study abroad program that is sponsored by Colorado State University. Semester at Sea is a multi-country study abroad program that promotes a global comparative education to non-traditional destinations. It is an organization that has been around since 1963.

In less than 50 days (January 2nd) I will be disembarking along with 600 college students from over 250 universities on the spring 2017 Voyage Around the World. The voyage includes 110 days, 12 countries, 16 cities, 4 continents. The itinerary includes: San Diego, Mexico, Hawaii, Japan, China, Việt Nam, Myanmar (Burma), India, Madagascar, South Africa, Ghana, Morocco, and Germany. I became interested in Semester at Sea because 2 of my aunts who went to UD did SAS in 1992 and still talk about their experience till this day!

On the trip I will be taking Issues in Environmental Economics, Principles of Marketing, Global Studies, Theatre, and Comparative Religions. Students take classes while they are at sea on the “floating campus” and are free to travel once in ports. For each course, faculty members develop one in-country educational trip. For example, for my Environmental Economics class I will visit the State of Hawaii Office of Environmental Quality Control and US EPA related sites.

Additionally, I was asked to work as an IT assistant on the ship that would allow me to have more spending money for independent travel. Four other guys and I will assist the IT Coordinator on the ship and help students with their computer issues. So I guess I’m shifting my feIT skills to the Institute of Shipboard Education for the semester!

Some of the things that I have planned for each country include visiting the Taj Mahal and Saint Mother Theresa’s orphanage in India, tour Tokyo, climb the Great wall and see Beijing and Shanghai, go on an overnight safari and skydive in South Africa, do a homestay with a family in Ghana and volunteer at the refuge orphanage, tour Casablanca, and do an overnight Sahara Desert camel trek.

As the date gets closer and closer I find myself constantly thinking about my upcoming trip. I am incredibly excited but also freaking out at the same time! I am nervous about making new friends and the culture shock that I will have after visiting some of the countries. Preparing for the voyage has required an innumerable amount of hours. For instance, I had to obtain 5 visas, get my vaccines and malaria pills, budget my money, schedule my classes, figure out what I need to pack and buy for the trip, and verify various traveling details. I’ve come across many obstacles but I know it will be totally worth it. I can’t wait to finally embark on this life changing journey and “sea” the world!


10 Reasons Why I am Thankful for Flyer Enterprises

A Sentimental Thanksgiving Season Post

By: Katie Deneen


Giving me The opportunity to put my ideas for a new venture into a reality!


Being able to connect and learn from with an amazing network of smart and successful Flyer Enterprises Alumni


Getting 50% off a Pumpkin Spice milkshake at The Galley during happy hour


Meeting an abundance of friends (185 to be exact) while on the job


Stu’s – because I never had to step outside in 10 degree weather to grab food in Stuart Hall (or even change out of my pajamas!)


The indescribably dedicated and hardworking executive team. they keep the 4th largest student-run business in the nation excelling everyday. We love you exec!



FE Moving and Storage – so I don’t have to ship my winter parka home for summer break!


The hands on learning experience that I have gained that has not only helped me land amazing internship opportunities but has helped prepare me for my professional career ahead


Everything about The Blend. Just the word, smell, and taste of its brews makes me happy.


For the Overall most transformative experience in my college career so far! Forever Thankful for Flyer Enterprises.

From Barista to CEO

From Barista to CEO

By Eric Spina

When you’re the CEO of a $1.2 million corporation, it’s not unusual to rise at the crack of dawn.

I recently enjoyed an early breakfast with Flyer Enterprises CEO Erica Roux and her executive team. A senior finance and operations major from St. Louis, Erica never dreamed she’d be the CEO of a company at the age of 21.

What college student wouldn’t want to showcase that eye-opening experience on her resume? I know I would have jumped at that opportunity.

The University of Dayton is one of the few places in the country where in just a couple of years you can work your way up to CEO from the unlikeliest of beginnings — barista in a basement coffee shop in the campus library.

We have all frequented Flyer Enterprises’ businesses on campus, maybe not even knowing it. I ate lunch at the hip ArtStreet Café during a visit to campus last spring. When I recently visited the faculty and staff in the School of Business Administration, we catered the reception from The Blend Express.

But until I sat down with these sharp, ambitious students over breakfast sandwiches and wraps, I didn’t fully realize the transformative experience they were gaining as they juggled a full load of classes. They could write the book on experiential learning. Just consider some of the numbers:

• Flyer Enterprises is the fourth largest student-run business in the country and the fourth largest student employer on campus.

• The company employs 190 students from all majors in positions ranging from sales associates to buyers to community outreach coordinators.

• Its nine divisions span catering, retail, culinary and furniture storage.

• It has generated $15.5 million in revenue through 26 years, with $30,000 donated to charity.

• It boasts a 95 percent post-graduation placement success rate.

• Flyer Enterprise’s 591 engaged alumni work for some of the most successful companies in the world — from Apple to GE.

As I listened to these amazing undergraduates talk about their scope of authority, the special initiatives they are pursuing in their departments and how they worked their way up in the company — from a cashier at Flyer Spirit to the c-level suite — I realized the true value of this program. It breeds confidence, a can-do spirit and passion in students who, I know, are destined to lead in the world with the values and integrity gained in a holistic Marianist education.

Flyer Enterprises is their training ground. This is their company.

And I can’t imagine it being in better hands.

A Quick Reflection on FE Alumni Weekend

A Quick Reflection on FE Alumni Weekend

Written by  Tony Blankemeyer, CEO ’08

Rudy’s Fly-Buy, the student-run convenience store on the corner of Stonemill and Evanston, opened its doors in the heart of the student neighborhood in 1985. For many of the students in the room, that was ten years before they were even born. Stuart’s Landing was originally called Rudy’s on the Hill, or “ROTH” for short. Students revolted when the ArtStreet Complex was built because in the process it took down so many beloved houses. The original Blend team was in attendance and shared the early days of starting up what is still our most profitable brand.

Since its inception, Flyer Enterprises has employed and graduated hundreds of students from across schools and majors at the University of Dayton. The program could write the textbook for experiential learning in the modern business world. This September weekend wasn’t just a history lesson about Flyer Enterprises’ beginnings, but a glimpse into the future of where the program is going.

Our alumni returned to UD to celebrate our organization’s heritage, reconnect with our colleagues and friends, and participate in dialogue between current staff and alumni about the challenges and opportunities ahead for organization. The weekend’s theme was “FE Story, Your Story”, and as we went through our morning sessions and heard from our alumni speakers, it became clear: the two stories are incredibly intertwined.

When you meet someone who attended the University of Dayton, there’s an incredible sense of pride in the way we talk about our school. When you get a Flyer Enterprises Alum talking about their time at FE… it is hard to get them to stop. I’ve heard multiple people say it was a defining experience that set the trajectory for their professional career.

As students or job seekers, its imperative to sharpen your personal narrative and to leverage the experiences that define who you are. What did you do? What were the results? Why did you do it? As you continue throughout your career, new roles will create chapters in your story. But one of the most powerful takeaways I had from the weekend was the common thread that I saw in each alumnus and in myself: Flyer Enterprises is a transformative experience. After listening to the latest happenings in the State of the Firm and engaging with the current team, I believe we witnessed that that sentiment is alive and well.

Flyer Enterprises is a profitable student-run business and the second largest employer on University of Dayton’s campus. It is one of the largest programs of its kind in the country. It is rich in history with alumni that are now making a difference throughout the world. With a strong foundation in place, I’m excited to watch FE continue to grow with new ideas and ventures.

As our FE Alumni Network continues to expand, there are many ways to stay involved. Whether it is through our 1-to-1, student-to-alum mentorship program, strategic business advising, attending FE Weekends, sustainability and advancement discussions, or even staying in touch through the mailing list, there are different levels of engagement and ways to stay connected. For more information, please contact Tony Blankemeyer –

Tony Blankemeyer

CEO ’08


CEO’s Past and Present at Alumni Weekend

FE’s 1st Annual 5K for Charity!

FE’s 1st Annual 5K for Charity!

By: Peter Hansen

On Sunday, September 18, Flyer Enterprises held its 1st annual 5K for charity. This year, the 5K benefited Dayton Children’s Hospital and UD Miracle. The race began promptly at 10:00 AM in the morning. Over 35+ runners gathered in front of the RecPlex to begin their day with a little exercise for a good cause. The complex 5K route led participants through the ins and outs of campus. The route finished at the back of the RecPlex. All runners received a T-shirt and snacks . The top 3 runners walked away with various Brown Street prizes from venues such as Buffalo Wild Wings and Penn Station! At the end of the day we raised……

over $300 FTK (For the Kids)!!!

All of us at Flyer Enterprises would like to thank those runners that decided to give their time and effort to raising awareness for both Dayton Children’s Hospital and UD Miracle. We look forward to seeing even more people next year to increase the size of our donation!


Get to Know the New CEO: Erica Roux


Get to Know the New CEO: Erica Roux!

1. Could you give us a short background of yourself?15Roux

I am from Saint Louis. I have 2 sisters and I consider myself very family oriented. In high school I played soccer and field hockey .I love to run for fun and be active! I am a double major- Finance and Operations and Supply Management.

2. What was your role in Flyer Enterprises before you were hired as CEO? What did you accomplish?

January of my freshmen year I was hired as a sales associate at The Blend. Later, I applied for a management position. I was promoted to a manager at The Jury Box! Then junior year when I applied for the executive team I landed the position of President of Dining Services Joint Venture. As President of Dining Services Joint Venture, I worked with the managers at The Chill to create a healthier menu. All in all, at each position that I have had at Flyer Enterprises I work to provide a better experience for everyone around me. I am not afraid of change.

3. How do you see the company changing, and how do you see yourself creating that change?

Overall, I want there to be more excitement and involvement from all Flyer Enterprises employees- executives to sales associates. I want everyone to strive for more everyday. I would also like executive team to play more of a resource and leader role to make sure that our vision is executed.

4. Is there anybody in your life that you look up to for inspiration?

One person that I look to for inspiration is one of my old managers at the Jury Box who graduated two years ago. She was involved in everything and gave her all in each involvement. There was a passion in her that brought a special light that everybody wanted to be around. 

5. If you could be any animal what you be?

A bald eagle! They can be fearless, but they also have the capability of seeing so much and obtaining so many different viewpoints!

Employee Spotlight: Anna Karnstein

What can you find The CHiLL’s sales associate Anna Karnstein doing when she is not working? Probably creating music.
Anna is currently a sophomore studying International Business Management. She said that she heard about Flyer Enterprises the very first time she was on campus. She described her experience, “The Admissions officer spoke highly of the organization and I was immediately intrigued! During my freshman year, I was always at the Rec and tended to grab a smoothie at The Chill after I worked out. Thus, when applying, I immediately thought it would be a fun place to work!” She has been working there ever since but has also had extreme success in following her passion for writing music.


The cover of Anna’s new album.

I asked Anna when she started to sing and how she developed this talent. She declared, “I have been surrounded by music my whole life. There is always music playing throughout my house. My family and I even forget to shut it off sometimes when we are heading out the door!” The multi-talented star mentioned that she played in concert band throughout her elementary and middle school years and did not actually start singing until her Freshman year of high school. Reminiscing she claimed, “I’ll never forget the first time I performed at the end of my Sophomore year. It was for my high school’s variety show and everyone was so surprised I even knew what a guitar was!” I have had the pleasure of hearing Anna perform live twice and I would never have guessed that she has NOT been singing/playing guitar her whole life.

Anna writes all of her own music and lyrics with sounds and styles from musical genres like Country, Rock and Singer/Songwriter. She also like rearranging popular music into melodies that are more her style. Reflecting on when she wrote her first song, she stated that it was “weirdly written in math class” during high school. Her biggest inspiration for writing her music comes from her desire to reach out to people through it. “I want people to know they are not alone in this mad, crazy world.” Touche.
There have been particular people along this musical journey that have significantly helped Anna succeed. She mentioned that she has a really great mentor and amazing friends who collaborate with her and give her feedback on her music, such as on what instruments to use when, where and how. Of course, she would not be where she is today without her loving and supportive parents. “They are my best friends and biggest fans. Also, my mentor, who is a close family friend, has believed in me every step of the way; he is also brutally honest which is something I really admire about him.” Because of the great connections of her mentor, she has had many opportunities to make friends and connections in the broad music industry.

Anna has had many opportunities to perform at UD. Recalling these events, she exclaimed, “It’s been a blast and I’m so happy to be a part of it all.” But Anna’s got larger plans for herself.

The dream:  to be a well-known, popular artist. But at the end of the day, she simply wants to share her music (: And boy, are we lucky?!


You can find Anna’s music on iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, etc. She has also been distributing physical CD copies so if you like her music and you are a UD student, feel free to reach out to her.

Written by Noelle Rogers, feIT Group

You should be DANCIN’ FTK (For The Kids)!

Have you ever heard of Dance Marathon? If not, now is your chance to get involved by registering for the event and helping to change the lives of children in need at Dayton Children’s Hospital, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital here in the city of Dayton.

Since 1991, more than 450 colleges and high schools have been working together to raise money for these hospitals and sponsor an event called Dance Marathon. What do they do? THEY DANCE (and more)! “Students stay on their feet through dancing, games, entertainment and interaction with children’s hospital patients and families in symbolic support of children served by their local CMN Hospital.” Interestingly, more students participate in Miracle Network Dance Marathon than any other student-led philanthropy in the United States. Collectively, these school have raised more than $106 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country.


Some of the red team’s dancers at 2015 DM in KU Ballroom.

We are #blessed to have an awesome UDMiracle team on this campus that is dedicated to supporting a Dance Marathon event for all of us to attend and dance our hearts out 13.1 hours all FOR THE KIDS this Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 11:06am-12:06am in KU Ballroom.

When she’s not making customers smile behind the counter at The Blend Express, beloved barista Marissa Napoli serves a humble role as President of UDMiracle.

Marissa began participating in Dance Marathon her freshman year after her friend asked if she wanted to join a team for the event. She said yes! “Little did I know that I would be embarrassing myself on the dance floor with my lame and outdated dance moves, lip singing to ‘Friday’ by Rebecca Black (a completely underrated song), and dancing with kids who had cancer” said Napoli. When asked about where her passion for DM comes from, she said, “All of the kids that I meet have faced more hardships in a day than I have in a lifetime. They are why I am so passionate about UD Miracle. I work alongside 14 UD students who have that same passion – we all motivate each other to become servant leaders and work towards a common goal of helping sick children. Not to mention we are a bunch of goofs, which makes planning events a lot more fun.”

Even if you have been to DM in previous years, the prez promises this year’s event to be different. “We have over 10 children from Dayton Children’s Hospital confirmed to speak at Dance Marathon and dance with us, over 10 sources of entertainment throughout the event, a lot of good food, good music, and crazy dance moves.

Marissa said UDMiracle has also been in the process of re-branding, which has given them the opportunity to really think about who they are as an organization, and where they want to be. “Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals issued a nation-wide re-brand for Dance Marathons over the summer, and now the logo that we wear is the same logo (in different colors) as over 300 college DMs across the nation. It has been a cool experience, seeing everyone come together,” stated Marissa.

The fundraising goal for this year? $38,000. This number comes from a national move to increase fundraising goals by 20%. Marissa claimed, “We have a long way to go, but I have never seen a more hardworking group of people dedicated to a cause,” speaking about her congruent team.

And why should I (potential dancer) sign up for DM?
In response to this question, Marissa stated, “Honestly, it should be one of the first things on your bucket list, right next to completing the Milanos Challenge. It is the most fun I have had at UD. You will find yourself surrounded by awesome people pulling out their awesome (or lame, like me) dance moves, listening to kids who face more cancers and surgeries than I can count on one hand but still have the most positive of outlooks, receive free prizes, and meet new people. Yes, you will be exhausted. 13.1 hours on your feet? But here is a reminder of who you would be tired for:


You can meet the incredible Carmine at this year’s DM!

Pull out your phone, and place it in the palm of your hand. Carmine was smaller than that when he was born. He was not expected to live through any of his 15 heart surgeries that he had before he was two years old. But he will be at our Dance Marathon, dancing up a storm. He still has more energy than anyone I have ever met.

That is why you should sign up for Dance Marathon.

How much is it? Can I still sign up?
The cost is just $20, which covers all of your meals throughout the day and a t-shirt. You will also be contacted after registering with information on how to fundraise, and the more money you raise, the more prizes you get. Register at

Watch this video made by the UD Miracle team to get PUMPED for this year’s event!

Marissa said that her experience at FE has given her confidence to be a leader. “I love working alongside people who will support me in all of my endeavors, and who care about my leadership development. FE has opened many doors for me, and I am forever grateful for the opportunities and the friendships that FE has provided.”

So what do you say? Let’s all ban together and stand up FOR THE KIDS!