Dining Services employee remembered after death

Emily Pagel

Robin Lynn Rahoi, 54, of Powell Township, died Tuesday morning, Dec.  17, 2013 as a result of a hit-and- run accident in Big Bay.

According to Michigan State Police press release, Central Dispatch operators received a report at 5:20 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 as a passing motorist had located Rahoi’s body on Marquette County Road KCB, approximately two miles east of Big Bay.

Michigan state police said preliminary investigation indicated it appeared Rahoi had been walking along the road and was struck by a vehicle, which left the scene.

Rahoi was the Registered Dietitian of NMU Dining Services. According to Sharon Carey, Director of Dining Services, Rahoi had strong vision for improving NMU’s dietary and dining needs. She was responsible for having nutritional and healthy options for the students at NMU.

“She reviewed all of our menus for their nutritional content the ones in residential dining (Marketplace and Wildcat Den),” Carey said.  “As well as in retail dining locations such as Temaki & Tea, Fieras and Melted.”

According to Carey, Rahoi began her career at Dining Services as a student nutritional assistant.

“The first project I gave her was to develop and expand our vegan and vegetarian offering in residential dining,” Carey said. “Her commitment to this project amazed me. She not only research recipes and menus, she met with students to gain a better understanding of these diets. This methodology was one she followed throughout her career, she never lost sight of students first.”

During her time at NMU Rahoi worked on Student 101 with HPO and  expanding MyMenu the online nutritional program for all the menus offered on campus.

“She was very excited to have completed the nutritional analysis on the menus items offered with in our retail operations,” Carey said. “Which is available on the Dining Services web site.  Robin wanted our guests to be able use MyMenu and make good food choices and she encouraged them to do so.  She constantly reminded the Dining Services Staff that we will always be developing, expanding and improving the nutritional program developing this program for our guests.”

In Fall 2013, Rahoi began working on a new station for the Marketplace for students with special diets. The Rice and Grain bar features recipes using fresh vegetable, grains, rice and sauces for students to choose from and maybe be eaten cold or have our staff  sautéed for a hot entrée.

“I know Robin would be very proud to know this project has come full circle,” Carey said.

“Between myself, Stephanie Raboin as marketing manager, Executive Chef Nathan Mileski, we are overseeing the things that Robin did and we are moving forward to make sure we continue with those,” Carey said.

Carey added that for the special diets and allergen students which Robin was working closely with during fall semester, to contact us by email at [email protected] or by phone at 227-2520 with questions and concerns.