Campus food truck rally a hit

PRSSA says students enjoyed the food truck rally and it will likely be something they do again, photo of Rudy on the Run. 

Bridgett Dillenburger
Contributing Writer

The University of Dayton hosted a food truck rally Feb. 23 as a socially distanced opportunity for students.

The rally was offered as an activity on one of UD’s spring mini-breaks with daytime classes canceled. The event was scheduled from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the C Lot of the university. The weather conditions provided a successful outdoor event for the vendors and students. Music was played at a DJ station throughout the day for added entertainment.

Students were socially distanced and wearing masks in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, emphasizing the university’s commitment to student health and safety.

Food options ranged from barbeque, tacos, to salads and more. Students could pay with cash or card. Trucks booked at the rally included Brock Masterson’s, Courtland’s Mobile Grill, Hunger Paynes, Lilia’s Outside Cage, McNasty’s, Show Dogs Hot Dogs, Turkey’s R Us, What the Taco Truck and UD’s own Rudy on the Run.

Members of Dayton Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) volunteered to work the event, post to social media sites and ensure maintenance of the area during the day.

The Communication Department also sponsored a free raffle during the rally. PRSSA volunteers passed out tickets to students for a chance to win UD merchandise, donated by the university bookstore.  

Dayton PRSSA did promotions leading up to the day as well. The group designed flyers to be displayed in university residence halls and posted announcements to social media. An info paragraph was also sent out with the UD Student News Digest email.

“I think this is an event that the university will do again,” said Sarah Paradiso, President of Dayton PRSSA. “Students really enjoyed it and especially during COVID times, it’s a great thing that students can do that is also safe at the same time.”

The food truck rally proved to be a safe social event for participants and was a way for students to get outdoors after weeks of cold weather. The University of Dayton continues to support students by organizing activities to flourish community engagement and entertainment, while prioritizing safety.

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