Nearly all of the full-time faculty members of The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University recently attended the annual conference of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE), held this year in Denver, CO., July 27 – 30.
But a student’s work shone brightly at the conference, as well, when senior Laurel Smith (BA ’12), with her associate professor from TheSchool, Jeff Beck, won the HOSTEUR™ Article of the Year Award for their article titled, “Environmental Certification Programs for the U.S. Lodging Industry: A Content Analysis,” which appeared in HOSTEUR™ Volume 19, No. 2, 2010.
Laurel is the 2012 CEO for The School’s student Hospitality Association and Alumni Association “Destination” Auction. The Annual Auction (number 21 in 2012) is The School’s premier fundraiser, with alumni, students, and faculty working together to produce a silent and live auction each year to benefit the two organizations, as well as two local charities, chosen by the Auction’s Executive Board.
In a concurrent session at ICHRIE, Dr. Beck was a co-author on a research paper discussing “the rating of hospitality journals for influence on salary, reappointment, promotion, and tenure decisions in international hospitality programs.” Other authors were Dr. Seung Hyun Kim, assistant professor, and Dr. Ray Schmidgall, Hilton Hotels professor of hospitality financial management, in The School.
Dr. Beck, co-chair of the 2011 Scientific Paper Review Committee for ICHRIE, coordinated blind reviews for 240 papers and posters for the conference, and announced the “Best Reviewers” at an awards dinner July 29.
Another session was presented by Drs. Carl Borchgrevink and JaeMin Cha on “hand washing compliance rates and predictors in a college town environment.” Their co-authors on this research were Dr. Seung Hyun Kim, graduate student Maria Frangos and undergraduate honors students Meghan Clark, and Aaron Bradford. And Drs. Cha and Kim presented a session on “predicting the hospitality students’ intent to involve as active alumni,” a result of their research which was co-authored with Dr. Ron Cichy.
A conference refereed “poster abstract” included “an examination of alcohol consumption and sense of coherence among hospitality and non-hospitality college-age population,” presented by Dr. Borchgrevink, from The School, and co-authored by Henrik Borchgrevink, counselor of chemical dependency; and Dr. Michael Sciarini, now with Grand Valley State University, and a member of The School’s faculty for 20 years. Another poster abstract, presented by Dr. Jeff Elsworth, featured the topic, “hospitality entrepreneurship education: students’ knowledge and attitudes.” Dr. Elsworth also served as moderator for three additional presentation sessions.
School Associate Professor Dr. A.J. Singh spearheaded an hourlong session of the Financial Management Special Interest Group (SIG) at ICHRIE. Ten members from eight hospitality schools discussed a variety of pertinent topics, including the research symposium scheduled for November 2011, during the New York International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show in November 2011. Dr. Schmidgall is the Financial Management SIG chair.
Dr. Schmidgall has long been a vital member of ICHRIE, having earned the organization’s John Wiley & Sons Lifetime Research Award in 1999, and its Stevenson W. Fletcher Achievement Award in 2001. He is a founding member of the ICHRIE FutureFund Committee, responsible for raising monies for the FutureFund, an endowment of ICHRIE.
Also during the ICHRIE Conference, The School was thrilled to learn that Dr. Kim had earned an Outstanding Reviewer award from the Cornell Quarterly for making a “substantial impact” on the journal’s editorial efforts.
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