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University policy requires each student to understand graduation requirements and 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 the MSU Student Information System.

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 contact 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? Just e-mail Jeff Yingling at yingling@msu.edu.

Career/Internship Advising

Need career advising?  The Student and Industry Resource Center (SIRC) is here to help.  Drop-in career advising is first come, first serve and students can sign-in at the reception desk in E417 Eppley Center.  You can also call SIRC at 517-353-9747 or e-mail SIRC at shbsirc@msu.edu

Mondays: 8:30am-4:30pm

Tuesdays:  8:30am-4:30pm

Wednesdays: 8:30am-4:30pm

Thursdays: 8:30am-4:30pm

Fridays: 1:00pm-4:30pm

Advisors

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Jeff Yingling

  • Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies
    The School of Hospitality Business

Jeff Yingling earned his B.B.A. in Business Management, Finance, and Real Estate from Kent State University and his M.A. in College and University Administration from Michigan State University.

In graduate school, he was Editor for the Graduate Student Journal of Student Affairs Administration, Teaching Assistant for the College of Education, and Judicial Board Advisor for the Office of Judicial Affairs.

Jeff served as Assistant Hall Director, Hall Director, and Complex Director for the Department of Residence Life at MSU. During this time, the Office of the Provost selected him to be a Leadership Fellow at MSU and Ohio State University selected him to be a Higher Education Researcher at Lancaster University in England.

He joined the Broad College as an Academic Advisor and then became Coordinator of Admissions, Scholarships, and Information Technology. He has been with The School of Hospitality Business for over a decade, first as Assistant Director and now as Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Jeff has been recognized for his work with the Mortar Board Outstanding Faculty Award, Lewis Quality of Excellence Award, Broad Innovation, Commitment & Collaboration Award, Broad Most Profound Impact on Graduating Class Award, Hospitality Business Alumni Association Outstanding Staff Award, Honorary Membership in Eta Sigma Delta International Hospitality Management Society, and was selected to be the commencement speaker for The School of Hospitality Business Class of 2022.

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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.