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!


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.