AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University senior Sam Cook, majoring in hotel and restaurant management, bested more than 160 students from around the world to place first in the second annual ICHRIE Restaurant Management Challenge.
Three of Cook’s classmates also placed in the top 10 in the two-week online competition for college students at International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education member institutions. Matt McManus finished third and Darius Merchant and Clayton Cawthorne placed seventh and eighth, respectively. Auburn University was the only school to have four students finish in the top 10 of the competition.
“It really speaks to the quality of our students to not only compete against students from hotel and restaurant management programs from around the world that are much bigger than we are, but to perform so well against them,” said David Martin, assistant professor in Auburn’s Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – More than 25 companies representing the hotel, restaurant and tourism industries will attend the 24th annual Hospitality Career and Internship Fair Thursday, Nov. 8, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
“This is an opportunity for our students interested in careers in hotel, restaurant and tourism to meet industry representatives,” said David Martin, an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management in Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University football fans can meet, play with and take photos of real tiger cubs Friday, Sept. 14, at The Hotel at Auburn University. From 3-6 p.m., Auburn supporters can play and pose with Fatima and Ceylon, two 11-week-old tiger cubs from the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.
Although there is no cost to see the tigers, guests are asked to give a donation in order to hold the tiny tigers and have pictures taken with them. Photo opportunities will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so Tiger fans are encouraged to arrive early. All money raised during the event will benefit the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.
AUBURN – Five employees of The Hotel at Auburn University were recognized at the Alabama Hotel and Lodging Association’s Stars of the Industry Awards gala in Birmingham Oct. 24, with two taking home top honors. Catering and special events chef Leonardo Maurelli was named Chef of the Year and engineer Charles Smith was named the Hospitality Employee of the Year. Finalists in their fields were Laura Stirling, director of housekeeping; Ted Dempsey, member of the audio/visual department; and Caleb Reeves, bartender. Reeves also took home the silver medal for the Alabama Bartender Competition.
“We are so honored and proud to have two individuals from The Hotel at Auburn University win these very prestigious awards and three others named as finalists,” said Hans van der Reijden, managing director of The Hotel at Auburn University. “Chef Maurelli’s continued dedication to his craft and all of the effort he put into organizing Chefs to the Rescue, the June fundraiser event to benefit Alabama’s April tornado victims featuring 24 chefs from around the country, were some of the characteristics that helped him win his award.”
AUBURN – The Hotel and Restaurant Management program in the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University is considered one of the most highly qualified programs in the country, having recently earned professional accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration, or ACPHA.
Martin O’Neill, head of the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management at Auburn, said the accreditation is not required of existing or new hospitality programs. It is strictly voluntary.
AUBURN – Wendy Boglioli, a world-record-setting swimmer and Olympic gold and bronze medalist, will speak about planning for the future in her talk, “Financially Sound, Physically Strong,” on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m. in the auditorium at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
The lecture is designed to educate and motivate through stories of Boglioli’s personal experiences in both the financial and athletic realms. Boglioli says she was motivated to become an expert in financial planning when, during the 1976 Olympics, her father, who had been her swimming coach, became ill and required long-term care. While researching solutions for her parents, she learned that women disproportionately suffer the consequences of a failure to plan. Since then, she has taken up the cause of educating families about the importance of financial planning.