The School recently learned that Julie Tkach, research assistant and instructor, has been awarded a Summer Support Fellowship for 2013 from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.  The $5,000 award will help enable the completion of her dissertation through the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies (CARRS) program at Michigan State University.

“I am very honored to receive the award,” says Julie.  “It’s going to help me take the final steps toward my goal.”

Julie earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in The School, and has taught in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Grand Valley State University. From 2004 until the present, she has been a research assistant, teaching assistant and then an instructor in The School while completing her graduate work, including a Ph.D. in CARRS, with a Graduate Specialization in Hospitality Business, slated for this August.

“From the time she was an undergraduate student, Julie has displayed a passion for the hospitality industry,” says her dissertation director Dr. Bonnie Knutson. “It has been a pleasure to mentor her as she developed and honed her teaching and research skills, finding her niche in the academic side of the industry.”

“The students in HB 100 – Introduction to the Hospitality Business have been enthusiastic about her teaching style and ability to communicate,” says Dr. Ron Cichy, School director and member of Julie’s dissertation committee. “She will contribute greatly to hospitality education.”