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Message from the Chair

Eliza C. Tse
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Eliza C. Tse, Ph.D.


Greetings from Columbia, Missouri. Even though the groundhog saw its shadow this year, winter in Columbia has been mild enough. Spring flowers came almost a month early this year and I, along with many Columbia residents, have few complaints.

We kicked off the new year with professional activities with both undergraduate and graduate students. Some of our seniors, along with faculty Seonghee Cho and Beverley Wilson-Wunsch, spent a week of their winter break job shadowing and networking with our partners' management teams in hotel properties in St. Louis and Kansas City, respectively. These trips are part of the lodging emphasis capstone course requirement. My colleague Pei Liu, alongside several graduate students and I, represented our university and department and attended the Graduate Hospitality and Tourism Conference in January in Houston.

In March, we financially supported a team of students in the sport venue management emphasis. Under the leadership of Lincoln Marshall, the group travelled to Columbia, South Carolina, to compete in a case study competition, concurrent with the Sport Entertainment & Venues Tomorrow (SEVT) conference for the third year.

Spring semester included the debut of the newly revised hospitality management curriculum. We spent last year discussing, developing and finalizing the course descriptions of new courses and phased out defunct courses as approved by various university committees. Ultimately, the new curriculum is in place so that we can ensure consistency and standardization of requirements across each of the emphasis areas and to be more reflective of global and industry trends.

Courses for the online degree in the Department of Hospitality Management are being developed as planned. We are working closely with Mizzou's marketing team to develop the promotional materials. Please see more information in the press release.

We are always grateful for the strong relationship we have with our industry partners. In November, we featured Stephen O'Loughlin, president and chief operating officer of Lodging Hotel Management in St. Louis, as the Professor-for-a-Day. O'Loughlin and his management team were on campus and spoke to several classes regarding the company's latest development strategy and discussed internship opportunities for our students.

In February, we sponsored and attended the inaugural ceremony hosted by the Missouri Restaurant Association (MRA) where we congratulated our adjunct instructor, John LaRocca, as the Missouri State President. We are always thankful for the association and its continued commitment to supporting our students through scholarships. The proceeds of the annual Taste of Missouri were used to generate such scholarship funding. In April, we congratulated our student recipients at the MRA Scholarship Awards dinner.

Thanks to a team effort, we hosted our annual Hospitality Management Industry Day in March. It consisted of an industry panel for each of the emphasis areas in the morning and a career fair in afternoon in which 30 hospitality companies participated. We are the only academic unit in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources that features its own annual career fair.

Hospitality FacultyFrom left: Bob Bonney, Vic Allred, Eliza Tse, and Greg Hunsacker at the University Club for the 2017 Missouri Restaurant Association Inaugural Awards Celebration.

In this edition, we are happy to acknowledge the three generations of the Bond family, a household that has been dedicated to the hospitality industry: Dennis Bond Sr. (B.A. '67, B.S. '68, M.Ed. '68), Dennis Bond Jr. (B.S. '93) and Morgan Bond. Dennis Bond Jr. graduated from the hospitality management program and his daughter Morgan is currently a student in the department. Dennis Bond Sr. was among the industry supporters who helped to start the program. They are outstanding examples of alumni who continually provide inspiration for our current students.

Regarding exceptional alumni, we are calling for nominations for the Distinguished Hospitality Management Alumni Award.There are links in this newsletter to help us keep abreast regarding your professional developments. We would appreciate it if you simply update your information online. We also encourage you to nominate yourself to become a class representative if you are interested in reaching out to your fellow alumni. As a new initiative, we have identified more than 1,300 alumni of this program who have LinkedIn accounts. Please accept our invitation to be part of our LinkedIn group so we can reach out with future correspondence.

We are busy in our recruiting effort to fill the vacant positions in the lodging management emphasis and the food and beverage instructor. We also participated in the interviewing process of the four finalists for the CAFNR dean search – a position recently filled by Dr. Christopher Daubert from North Carolina State University. We are very excited and are looking forward to Dr. Daubert leading our college.

Until the next newsletter, enjoy your outdoor activities, BBQs and the sizzling summer break. Together as neighbors and peers, let us bring knowledge, compassion and forward-thinking to the community that we serve.

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