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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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”
Four hospitality management students received second place in the STR (Smith Travel Research) market competition which was held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York on Nov 11, 2018. Continue reading “Hospitality Management students place second at international competition”
The hospitality management department hosted the third annual Summit on Wednesday, November 28 in the K-State Student Union. The students of the events capstone class, HM 663, planned and executed the event. Continue reading “Third Annual Hospitality Summit hosted for HM Students”
Born and raised a Kansan, Holly Pishney, Instructor and Lacy’s Lab Coordinator, graduated from Kansas State University with a BS in Hotel and Restaurant Management in 2001. Continue reading “Faculty Spotlight: Holly Pishney”
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”
Amber Wilhelm is a 2018 December graduate of the K-State Hospitality Management program. Amber came to K-State as a transfer student, from her home in Horton, KS, and has worked in hospitality roles all of her college career. Continue reading “Student Spotlight: Amber Wilhelm and Cody Filbert”