UT Dining Services is attempting to enhance the campus dining experience

through contests and prizes.

So far this year, two students have become grand prize winners as a result

and others are eligible to win instant prizes.

One such contest was sponsored by Dining Services and Nantucket Nectars.

The contestants filled out applications in order to be eligible for a

drawing. The winner received $1300 and a free case of Nantucket


Abby Pierce was excited to find that her name had been drawn.

"When I found out that I had won the contest I was so excited because that

is a lot of money," she said. "It will probably go towards my


The latest contest combines Dining Services and Coca-Cola in a Spring Break

Giveaway. The contest, which began the first week of February, will

continue until March 3 in Smokey's cafeteria.

Customers will receive a game piece with each 32 oz. beverage purchased at

Smokey's Cafeteria while supplies last.

Jay Jones, a senior, collected all the game pieces needed to spell

"Orlando" and win the grand prize trip to Florida over Spring Break.

"I would like to thank Aramark and Coca-Cola," Jones said. "I don't usually

win contests."

Jay hasn't made any plans for his Spring Break trip yet

"I will probably take one of my friends on the trip, though," he said.

The grand prize includes airfare for two and a two-night stay at the Delta

Orlando Resort.

Complimentary passes to Water Mania and an Orlando Magicard, which offers

savings at restaurants, rental car companies, retail outlets and many more

attractions, are also a part of the grand prize.

According to Dining Services, there are still instant prizes to be


The game pieces needed to win the instant prizes are available at Smokey's.

These prizes include Coca-Cola t-shirts, beach towels and beach


Instant winners need to contact the supervisor on duty in Smokey's to claim

their prizes.

"We are not only giving the grand prize away. Anyone can be a winner," Lynn

Petrinjak, a marketing assistant for Aramark, said.

According to Petrinjak, the purpose of the contests is to enhance the value

of UT dining.

"We are trying to drive the entertainment value into the dining

experience," she said. "We are also trying to keep the dining experience

fun while increasing its value."