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About Auxiliary & Business Services (ABS)

Commercial Operations on the CSU Stanislaus Campus are provided by CSU Stanislaus Auxiliary & Business Services (ABS), a 501 (c)3 California non-profit public benefit corporation.  It is a California State University (CSU) auxiliary organization as defined by CSU Board of Trustees Policy for the California State University Auxiliary Organizations (Executive Order No. 682). This executive order clarifies the definition of an auxiliary organization contained in Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Section 42400.

Definition of Auxiliary Organization

An auxiliary organization is any non-profit entity which (1) has agreed to comply with the applicable requirements of the Board of Trustees and campus; (2) is included in the list of officially recognized auxiliary organizations in good standing maintained by the Chancellor, and (3) maintains the status of an auxiliary organization in good standing. ABS is a Campus Support Service Organization.

ABS Mission Statement

CSU Stanislaus Auxiliary and Business Services (ABS) enhances the mission of the University by actively managing and developing commercial enterprises that benefit the campus community and by prudently managing and investing auxiliary assets.  The ABS Board of Directors, in addition to acting as directors of the activities and affairs of the corporation, serve as advocates for the University.

About ABS Administration

As a non-profit public benefit corporation, ABS is required to maintain and manage its activities according to best business practices. This requirement, and ABS's mission of managing and developing commercial operations for the benefit of the campus community, dictates the business structure, employee skills, and administrative oversight.

The ultimate responsibility for ABS operations resides with the President of the University. He/she is the chairperson of the ABS Board of Directors.  The ABS managers report to the Vice President of Business and Finance. ABS Administration generates no direct revenue; therefore, Administration expenses are paid from Commercial Operations net income.

The Board of Directors, as per the ABS Bylaws, shall not be less than five (5) nor more than ten (10). The Board membership includes one faculty member, one student member, and up to four community members.  The Board meets at least twice during the year to conduct ABS business.

About ABS Financials

Auxiliary accounting services are provided by CSU Stanislaus Financial Services. ABS is billed each year for services provided. The auxiliary is required to comply with a full financial audit by an approved outside audit agency each fiscal year. Annual Financial Reports can be viewed on the Commercial Operations Resources page

ABS is required to file a Form 990 Tax Return of Exempt Organization. Tax reports can be view on the Commercial Operations Resources page

About Campus Bookstore

The operation of CSU Stanislaus Bookstore is contracted with Barnes & Noble College Booksellers. They are the exclusive provider of textbooks sales (hard copy & digital), textbook rentals, and materials published, distributed electronically and /or through learning management systems, sold in-store, or over the internet. In addition they are the campus provider (in-store and on-line) of

About Bookstore Faculty Resources

The Barnes & Noble College Booksellers website provides faculty resources (FacultyEnlight™) for researching, adopting, and sharing insights about textbooks and course materials. This resource includes peer reviews as a source of information in the textbook evaluation process.

About Textbook Sale

CSU Stanislaus Faculty provides (prior to each semester) Barnes & Noble with the list of texts required for each class and the expected number of class participants. Barnes & Noble then orders books, Used and New, to be available for purchase prior to the beginning of class. They purchase as many used texts for sale as possible, knowing that textbook cost is a major factor in the cost of higher education.

At the time a student registers for a class he/she can immediately order the textbook for the class by clicking a button. The students can then request that the books be shipped to their residence or be retained at the campus bookstore for pickup. Texts are also available in the bookstore, arranged on shelves by course name and number. The bookstore also stocks for sale class packets of additional information required by a specific professor.

Many textbooks are offered in other formats/options to provide students with cost alternatives:

  • Etextbooks & Nookstudy (digital downloadable version of the physical textbook works on both PC and Mac platforms, and can be used on up to 2 computers)
  • Textbook Rental (saves an average of 50% when compared to a new, printed textbook)

For more details and FAQs about each option visit the Barnes & Noble website.

About Textbook Buy-Back

Students can take their textbooks to the bookstore at the end of the term to get up to 50% cash back. Finals week is the best time to get the most cash back. Books must include all original materials (CDs, workbooks, etc.) and a Student ID or identification may be required at the time of buyback. Check with the bookstore for more details.

About Barnes & Noble Employee Textbook Scholarships

Barnes & Noble College Booksellers and CSU Stanislaus Auxiliary & Business Services provide an annual donation for employee textbook scholarships. Permanent employees, who are enrolled at CSU Stanislaus (including University Extended Education academic courses) with a minimum under-graduate grade point average of 2.5, or a minimum 3.0 grade point average for graduate-level studies, are eligible to apply for the award.

The Employee Textbook Scholarship, an award of up to $200, may only be applied to purchases at the CSU Stanislaus Campus Bookstore.

For application deadlines, see resources page.

About Campus Dining

CSU Stanislaus has an exclusive contract with Chartwells Campus Services to provide food service on campus. Dining locations are:

  • Main Dining Food Court
    • Zone Pizza & Calzones
    • Wild Green Made-to-Order Salads
    • Stan's Grill (hamburgers, fries, other hot sandwiches)
    • Jalapenos Mexican Station
    • Sub Generation
    • Outtakes (fresh made prepackaged sandwiches, salads, parfaits, cookies, and muffins)
  • Warrior Grill – hang out spot on campus! (Peet's coffee hot breakfast items, specialty burgers, fresh tossed pizzas, tasty appetizers, smoothies, and Outtakes pre-packaged sandwiches and salads)
  • Village Café (Residential Life Village)
  • MSR Café – Starbucks Kiosk (barista coffee, Outtakes salads, sandwiches, snacks, soups of the day)
  • Pop's Convenience Store (snacks, microwaveable options, health & beauty aids, grab-n-go sandwiches, salads, cookies, and muffins)

Menus for each campus dining location are available at Chartwells website

About Meal Plans

For Students Residing on Campus

The Chartwells Meal Plan program has been designed to enable students to get together and eat a delicious and nutritious meal. All Meal Plans come with two options:

  • Meals Per Session (Block Meals)
    Your meal "allowance" is intended to be used in the Village Cafe for all-you-care-to-eat dinner and weekend brunch.  Each time you use a meal, it is subtracted from your overall meal balance. Meals do carry over from semester to semester but do not carry over from year to year.
  • Flex Dollars
    Flex Dollars are held in a "declining balance account" that works on the same principle as a debit card.  You can use your Flex to purchase beverages, snacks or even a full meal in any of our campus dining locations.  Each time you make a purchase, the purchase amount is subtracted from your Flex Dollars balance.  Flex Dollars do carry over from semester to semester, but not from year to year.  Additional Flex Dollars can be added to your account at any time.

All students living in a traditional residence hall on campus are required to purchase a Meal Plan. Full detail on Meal Plan options available to freshmen and residents living upperclass apartments

For Commuter Students, Faculty, & Staff (Swipe & Save)

The "Swipe & Save" meal plan program saves you time, money, and the headache of losing your parking space. Swipe & Save meals are accepted at all on-campus dining locations. Selected plans get FREE Flex Dollars added to your account. Swipe & Save Meal Plans are administered through your Warrior Card, which functions as both a university ID and as a declining dollar card. Meal plan dollars are assigned on an annual basis and are allocated by semester. Meal plan funds do not roll between academic years and are forfeited on the last day of the spring semester.

About Campus Catering

Staff & Faculty

Whether planning a simple breakfast or an upscale executive luncheon, you will find all of our most popular menu selections on line.  Chartwells can also custom design a menu for any special occasion.  They take pride in their ability to meet any need with style and creativity, assuring the success of an event.  Available catering options include:

  • Breakfast
  • Served luncheons
  • Boxed lunches
  • Picnic buffets
  • Lunch & dinner buffets
  • International buffets
  • Stations
  • Plated dinners
  • Snacks & party trays
  • Hors d `Oeuvres
  • Sweets
  • Beverages

The CaterTrax On-Line ordering system makes ordering food and beverage as easy as possible.


Chartwells provides catering options specifically for students and student events. Options available are:

  • Mini continental breakfast (muffins, danishes, bagels or doughnuts and Starbuck's coffee)
  • Fajita bar (seasoned steak or chicken with peppers and onion, refried beans, Mexican rice, cheese, sour cream, flour tortillas, chips and salsa, tea and water)
  • Nacho bar (seasoned ground beef or chicken, refried beans, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, chips and salsa)
  • Hot dog or hamburger buffet (burgers, veggie burgers, or hot dos served with buns, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, condiments and individual bags of chips)
  • 16" whole Pizzas (cheese, pepperoni, combination, BBQ chicken, vegetarian)
  • Brownie sundae bar (brownies and vanilla ice cream with hot fudge, chopped nuts and whipped cream)

Place an order by completing a Student Catering form available online, in Main dining, or by contacting catering at 209-667-3634.

Third Party Events

Events on the CSU Stanislaus campus are required to use Chartwells, the contract foodservice provider. Chartwells staff are experienced in assisting with planning and cost estimates. Costs for catering and beverage services will depend upon the number of people to be served, the chosen food and beverage menu, dining and foodservice setup, the number of waiters, etc. The Event Services staff can assist you in menu planning and working with Chartwells catering staff.

About Event Services Office

CSU Stanislaus Event Services staff are experts in planning successful events on the Turlock campus. They will assist you with all of the details.

About Vended Operations on Campus

Through vended operations bottle beverages and snacks are available at many campus locations.

CSU Stanislaus contracts with Pepsi Bottling Group LLC for cold beverage vending, and with Canteen for hot beverage and snack vending.

To report a non-working machine or need for product refill call the ABS Commercial Operations Manager at 209-667-3970.

To receive a refund for lost money in vending machines go to the Main Cashiers Office, MSR Suite #100.

About Warrior Card

The Warrior is the official identification card of California State University, Stanislaus. The Warrior Card operation is managed by CSU Stanislaus Auxiliary & Business Services (ABS).

A Warrior Card is required for identification for all students to access essential campus services. It is available to all members of the University Community. Warrior Cards are distributed at the Stockton Center Student Information Desk and at the Turlock Campus University Student Union Information Desk. (Warrior Card web site)

The Warrior Card is the student key to:

  • Identification – In addition to your photo, your Card has your unique ID number printed and encoded on the magnetic stripe. It is required for all Cashier transactions.
  • Meal Plans – Campus residents swipe the Card to access Meal Plan dollars at all Campus Dining Locations.
  • Libraries – Use your Card to check out library materials and access other resources and services.
  • Enrollment Services – Your Card will be swiped to access your student records.
  • Fitness Center Pass - Access privileges for current students, faculty, and staff.
  • Warrior Cash – The Warrior Card can be loaded with Warrior Cash (prepaid fund on the card) to make cashless purchases and pay for services at campus locations and local businesses.
  • Banking Convenience - Make your card an ATM/PIN-debit card when you link it to a Wells Fargo College Checking account.
  • OIT Lab Print Account – You can use Warrior Cash to add funds to your OIT Computer Lab Print Balance account

About Warrior Cash

Warrior Cash is a prepaid spending account on your Warrior Card. Warrior Cash can be used to make purchases at Campus Dining locations, the Bookstore, and computer labs. It is also accepted at subscribing local businesses.

About Warrior Card Banking Convenience

CSU Stanislaus contracts with Wells Fargo Bank National Association to provide checking account, ATM, PIN-based debit, and deposit transfer services to eligible university community members to be accessed through the Warrior Card. In addition to providing services, Wells Fargo Bank supports various campus programs and events such a New Student Orientation and Promise Scholars.