Students rewarded for eating on campus

September 30th, 2010

John Carroll University has decided to add more to the dining experience by joining the JAM Rewards program, which gives students the opportunity to win prizes by eating on campus. 

JAM is a national program that allows students to sign up online at and automatically be entered into a sweepstakes to win prizes. The current campaign’s prize is an Apple iPad. Students can earn six points just for signing up and there are about five to six big prizes and many small prizes throughout the year. 

JAM Rewards is available through Aramark, who is JCU Dining’s food service provider. 

Some John Carroll students have already won $10 movie gift certificates, free music downloads and Plus Points to be used the Inn Between and other JCU Dining locations. 

On the website, there are other opportunities to receive points, such as playing games or taking surveys.  Students can also earn points by using their own money (rather than Plus Points) to eat at places on campus such as the Inn Between, Einstein Brothers’ Bagels, and Java City. The number of points you have in JAM Rewards determines the amount of chances you have to win the sweepstakes. 

Other schools in Ohio that are part of the program are Muskingum College and Heidelberg University. 

Freshman Trevor Markanovic is excited to sign up for the program. 

“I never imagined there could ever be such an easy opportunity to win such cool prizes,” he said. “It’s like they are being handed out for free.” 

JCU Dining decided that the program added more to the meal plan that students were already purchasing. 

“JAM adds even more value to the meal plan. Dining should be an experience,” said Eugene Walters, the district marketing manager for Aramark Higher Education. 

JCU Dining wanted students to feel like they were getting more out of their meal plans, and the opportunity to win prizes is a great way for students to have more fun and enjoy the experience.

To promote the new program, JAMonkey, the program’s monkey mascot, has made occasional appearances in Schott Dining Hall. In addition, free merchandise will be available. 

Emily Hans, food service director for John Carroll, said, “The employees seem to really like [the program], especially having the monkey mascot running around on event days.” 

Approximately, 160 members have signed up for the JAM Rewards program, meaning there are good odds for people to win the prizes available.