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COVID-19 Updates


University policy requires each student to know the graduation requirements of his/her academic program and to make normal progress toward graduation. The degree requirements for the hospitality business major are stated in the MSU Academic Programs Catalog. You can check progress toward your degree by using MSU Degree Navigator.

Because of the size of our undergraduate student population and other leadership roles they coordinate on behalf of The School, our advisor’s time is limited. When you schedule an appointment with our advisors, please be certain to have your questions and issues well organized so that your time with the advisor can be used most effectively.

Academic Advising & Career Advising

Academic Advising

Need academic advising? Walk-in advising is first come, first serve and students can sign-up at the SIRC reception desk in E416 Eppley Center:

Monday, October 25:  9:00-11:00a and 1:00-3:00p

Wednesday, October 27: 9:00-11:00a and 1:00-3:00p

Friday, October 29: 9:00-11:00a and 1:00-3:00p

Career Advising

Need career advising? The Student and Industry Resource Center (SIRC) is open Monday through Friday from 9:00a-4:00p. No appointment is needed for career advising. You can also call SIRC at 517-353-9747 or e-mail SIRC at


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Jeff Yingling

  • Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies
    The School of Hospitality Business

Jeff Yingling is the associate director of undergraduate studies for The School of Hospitality Business. He served as coordinator of admissions, scholarships, and information technology for Undergraduate Academic Services which serves over 5,000 students in the Broad College prior to joining The School.

Jeff received the MSU Mortar Board Outstanding Faculty Award in 2000.  He was awarded the Richard J. Lewis Quality of Excellence Award by the Broad College in 2004 for his work with the Broad China Supply Chain Forum and in 2007 for his work with the Broad India Information Technology Forum. He received the Broad College Staff Award for Innovation, Commitment and Collaboration as well as the Broad College Staff Award for Most Profound Impact on the Graduating Class in 2017. Jeff was recognized with The School of Hospitality Business Alumni Association Outstanding Staff Member Award in 2018.  He was awarded with Eta Sigma Delta International Hospitality Management Society Honorary Membership in 2019.

Jeff earned a B.B.A. with a triple major in business management, finance, and real estate from Kent State University and a M.A. in college and university administration from Michigan State University.

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Authella Collins Hawks

  • Director of Student and Industry Resource Center
    The School of Hospitality Business

Authella Collins Hawks is the director of the Student and Industry Resource Center (SIRC) for The School of Hospitality Business. In this role she provides leadership for the placement of students in internships and full-time positions upon graduation for The School. She also represents The School in developing and maintaining relationships with the industry, networking with hospitality business alumni and participating in industry functions and special events.