Kansas State University


Department of Hospitality Management

A message from the department head

Welcome to the 2018 Department of Hospitality Management fall newsletter. The department had a busy fall semester and the holidays are only a few days away. In this newsletter, we highlight some of the great things that happened this fall 2018 in the hospitality management department:

  • the inaugural World of Wines event
  • the third annual Hospitality Summit
  • recent student successes and student spotlights
  • recent alumni success

At the beginning of this month, we graduated 13 seniors, most of whom have secured employment or who have made plans to continue their education. We are excited to see what these students will take into the hospitality field and we look forward to working with them as alumni!

Planning for the spring semester is currently underway. The planning for our largest event of the year, the Travel and Dining Auction, is well underway with Nancy Hansen King at the helm. She has a great group of students who are excited to organize you a fun evening in March. I invite you to save the date and hope that you will be able to join us in Manhattan for a special night where we raise funds to support our students.

Our team has continued to grow and mold over the past year. We welcomed Mary Cross as the new administrative assistant to the department. Mary brings years of experience to our program and we are happy to have her on board. We are also in the process of hiring a new assistant/associate professor and instructor for the program. The goal would be to have both people in place by the fall of 2019. Stay tuned to learn more about these new additions to our program.

As always, we thank you for your continued support of the Department of Hospitality Management.


Michael Ottenbacher

Save the Date: 23rd annual Travel and Dining Auction!

The 23rd annual Travel and Dining Auction planning is underway! We invite you to save the date to attend this wonderful event, which raises money for our student scholarships. Tickets will be $30 and are available now through a current Travel and Dining Auction student. Online ticket sales will begin in January.

If you are interested in contributing to this year’s Travel and Dining Auction, or have any questions about the event, please contact Nancy Hansen King at nhansen@k-state.edu.

World of Wines event recap

This semester was the kickoff of a brand-new annual event series for the department: World of Wines. This event series consisted of four events over the course of three days, including a four-course meal with wine pairings at Harry’s Restaurant, a sushi dinner with wine pairings, and two different workshops with tastings, all led by Master Sommelier, Mr. Frank Kaemmer, who joined us from Germany. Continue reading “World of Wines event recap”

Celebration of Excellence Award Winners

The Department of Hospitality Management was honored to have two award winners during this year’s Celebration of Excellence. The award winners spent time on campus meeting with students and faculty along with attending an awards reception. We are so fortunate to have great alumni like Jill and Phil! Read below to learn more about Jill Mason and Phil Perkins. Continue reading “Celebration of Excellence Award Winners”