Derby Dining Center

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Coordinates: 39°11′39.29″N 96°34′39.64″W / 39.1942472°N 96.5776778°W / 39.1942472; -96.5776778

Derby Dining Center
Alternative names The Derb
General information
Type Academic Building
Architectural style Standard limestone
Address Manhattan Ave. and Old Claflin Rd.
Town or city Manhattan, Kansas
Country United States
Technical details
Floor count 2
Derby Derby Map

Derby Dining Center, named after reference librarian Grace Derby, is the largest dining facility at Kansas State University's campus and serves approximately 2,000 students living in Ford, Haymaker, Moore and West Residence Halls. Home to the Wildcat Training Table, The Derb’ (Derby) is a short walk from academic buildings on the East side of campus. T•H•E Bakery, a retail bakery specializing in made-from-scratch cinnamon rolls, brownies, cookies and birthday cakes, is located on the ground floor of Derby Dining.[1]


This building consists of two floors. The bottom floor houses many of the noteworthy resources available for students. The upper floor functions as the main dining location with various food lines as well as seating for students, staff, and guests. The food lines at Derby are distinct from the food line at Kramer Dining Center. Derby presents the user with four different food lines to choose from whereas Kramer only offers one primary line with separations that exist after one reaches the top of the dining center.

The outside of the building is stylized with the same historic looking limestone fascia that is predominant of many buildings throughout campus.

Further notable elements of this building include the tunnels that connect each of the four residence halls (Ford, Haymaker, Moore and West) within the Derby complex to the dining center.

Dining Awards Received[edit]

Derby is one of the three dining centers available for students in the residence halls and Jardine Apartments to eat at. Derby is notable for the many awards it has received. Listed below is a chronology of the various awards received by this dining operation. Additional awards can be see here.

Year 2009[edit]

In 2009, Derby received honors in the Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards Competition, sponsored by the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS).[2] Further, K-State received a silver award in the Single Stand-Alone Concept category and a bronze award in the Catering-Special Event category.[2] K-State has been an active member of The National Association of College and University Food Services since 1959.[2]

The competition recognizes colleges and universities for creativity when it comes to menus, presentations and special-event planning and dining concepts.[3] In the Single Stand-Alone Concept category, the menu served every day to students in the residence halls is considered.[4] Menus are judged on the number of selections and variety, merchandising and presentation of the food, marketing efforts, nutritional soundness, and the overall impression it makes.[5]

Year 2010[edit]

Kansas State University's housing and dining services was recently recognized with an honorable mention award of $2,600 from Computrition Inc., a leading developer of hospitality, food management and patient care automation.[6] The national award comes as part of housing and dining services' usage of Computrition Inc. software solutions. Currently, there are three classes offered by K-State's Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics that also use Computrition Inc.'s software.[7]

Noteworthy Resources[edit]

There are a number of additional resources that can be found within Derby.

ResNet Help Desk[edit]

The ResNet Help Desk - Provides technical support for students living in the residence halls and Jardine Apartments at K-State. They assist with network registration, connection issues, and general technical support for computers, mobile devices, printers, or gaming devices.


The primary office location for the NRHH is housed within the basement floor of Derby.[8]

Academic Resource Center[edit]

Academic Resource Center - The Academic Resource Centers are locations within the dining centers that offer free tutoring services and job employment resources for residents and students.

T•H•E Bakery[edit]

T•H•E Bakery - A bakery specializing in fresh made from scratch baked goods that are known throughout campus.


  1. ^ "About Derby". Kansas State University. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  2. ^ a b c "Derby Awards". Kansas State University. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  3. ^ "NACUFS". NACUFS. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  4. ^ "NACUFS". NACUFS. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  5. ^ "NACUFS". NACUFS. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  6. ^ "Computrition Awards". Computrition. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  7. ^ "Derby Awards". WIBW. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  8. ^ "About Derby". College Town Profile. Retrieved 2010-09-12.