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Akshaya Pawar and Raju Gholap, doctoral students in the Hospitality & Tourism Management Department at Isenberg, received the Best Graduate Student Research Paper Award in November at the International Association of Hospitality Financial Management Education (iAHFME) Research Symposium in New York.
Melissa Baker, an assistant professor in Isenberg’s Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, is recipient of a 2018-19 Lilly Fellowship. The nationally competitive fellowships foster teaching excellence through pedagogy workshops and seminars, course development and redesign, third-party assessment of teaching skills, and other resources. The Institute for Teaching Excellence & Development has awarded the fellowships since 1986.
The 2018 Annual HTM Awards Dinner at the Boston Park Plaza featured an awards ceremony and vibrant gathering for networking, attracting 440 alumni, faculty, students, and other movers and shakers from Greater Boston’s hospitality community and Florida, Washington, D.C., California, and other states.Richard M. Kelleher ’73, one of eight awardees, was honored with HTM's Distinguished Industry Industry Leader award.
The Young Alumni Panel featured five recent Hotel & Tourism Management graduates; Brianna Cole ’16, Seth Roberts ’17, Victoria Quill ’16, Alex Darling ’16, and Lindsay Tice ’17. The panelists discussed the journey to their current positions, aspects of their jobs, and what the transition from college to career has been like. They all provided great insight with unique aspects to their individual experiences. Other key topics discussed were negotiating salaries, how to know if a company is the right one, moving to a different city, and work-life balance.
“Remember, it’s all about journeys. Be patient!” HTM graduate and high-profile Manhattan-based chef Marc Forgione ’01 advised his mostly student audience in the Campus Center Auditorium in late October. Since its debut in 2008, Marc’s establishment, Restaurant Marc Forgione, has earned coveted Michelin stars and review kudos from the New York Times, Forbes magazine, and the Zagat Guide. In 2012, Marc won the Food Network’s Next Iron Chef competition, instantly gaining international “chef” celebrity status. So why did Chef Forgione regale his student audience with the good, the bad, and the nitty gritty details of his notable ascent?
Victoria Vega '88 Accepts Presidency of the Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management
October 27, 2017
Victoria Vega, Vice President of Operations for Unidine Corporation’s Corporate Culinary Group and Senior Living Culinary Group, recently assumed the presidency of the Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management (SHFM) at the association’s annual conference in October. This is one of the highest accolades in the industry. Vega currently serves as president-elect of the organization’s board of directors. “I’m proud to have been selected to serve the association that represents the interests of so many of my peers and colleagues,” said Vega. “I look forward to advancing the organization’s agenda over the next year and outlining my goals for my brief time as president at the upcoming conference.”
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Fred Mitzner '86 (HTM) is the Senior Vice President at ConferenceDirect a national third party go-between that secures conference sites and services at hotels and other venues for trade associations and other special interest groups.
Jane Pritzker and Alex Goldstein, a mother-son Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTM) power team recently came to speak in Professor Erin Tierney’s Hospitality class. Jane is a 1979 HTM grad and the Director of National Accounts at the Boston Convention Center, and Alex is a 2013 HTM grad and Group Sales Manager at the Boston Park Plaza hotel.
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In February, 350 students, alumni, faculty, and staff attended the fourth annual Women of Isenberg conference, which brings together women from all career levels to talk about their unique experiences and challenges as women in business.
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On November 14th, 115 alumni, faculty, students, and industry leaders, gathered in the elegant Sofitel Hotel in Manhattan for the Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTM)’s annual New York City Reception.
Susan Callender '86 is an HTM grad and founder and owner of Oh My Gauche!, a company specializing in training business professions in communication and interpersonal skills. She recently visited campus to spend a day with students to share advice and run a 'business etiquette' dinner.
At his Michelin-starred Restaurant Marc Forgione, Isenberg HTM grad Chris Blumlo '99 insists that "every point during the customers stay be positive." Blumlo's m.o. calls for attentiveness to customers, business diligence, and improvisation in response to unforeseen challenges.