AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The 2014 Hospitality Gala, the annual benefit for the Hotel and Restaurant Management program at Auburn University scheduled for Thursday, April 10, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, will feature six chefs, including three with ties to the university.
Chefs Rob McDaniel, David Bancroft and Leonardo Maurelli all attended Auburn. McDaniel and Maurelli graduated from the Hotel and Restaurant Management program in 2002 and 2003, respectively. Although Bancroft did not complete his degree, he served as executive chef at Amsterdam Café in Auburn for five years and last fall opened his own restaurant, Acre, in Auburn.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Author and activist Gloria Steinem will speak at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center as part of the Auburn University Women’s Leadership Institute’s Extraordinary Women Lecture series, and she also will be the guest of honor at the Women’s Studies Program awards luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 11:45 a.m. at the Auburn University Student Center.
“Steinem is widely recognized as a profound voice in the struggle for equality,” said Barbara Baker, executive director of the Women’s Leadership Institute in the College of Liberal Arts. “A leading authority on issues of power, privilege and equal rights for all, she is one of the most influential women in America.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The sixth annual unveiling of the Auburn gingerbread village Friday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. will launch holiday festivities for The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Between 5 and 8 p.m. on Friday, visitors can view the village in the lobby and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. The village will then be on display throughout the month of December.
The gingerbread village is a collaborative project between students and faculty from the Master of Integrated Design and Construction program in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction and general manager Hans van der Reijden and chefs of the hotel.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University College of Liberal Arts will celebrate best-selling novelist and alumna Anne Rivers Siddons in a free, public tribute on Friday, Oct. 18, at 5 p.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Siddons has been named the inaugural Women’s Leadership Institute Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
“A Tribute to Anne Rivers Siddons” will feature a student art exhibition depicting themes from her debut novel “Heartbreak Hotel,” a performance by the Auburn University Singers, a theatrical adaptation of Siddons’ letter to The Auburn Plainsman and discussions of Siddons’ work by members of the Auburn University faculty.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Rick Steves, a well-known authority on European travel, will offer a free, public lecture at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, from the auditorium of The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
He is expected to discuss “Travel as a Political Act,” the title of one of his latest books in which he reflects on how a life of travel has broadened his own perspectives and how travel can be a significant force for people and understanding in the world.
Steves’ visit is sponsored by the College of Human Sciences and the Office of International Programs, with support from the Auburn University Special Lectures Fund and Auburn Connects! Common Book Program.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Rob McDaniel, a graduate of the Auburn University Hotel and Restaurant Management program, has been named a semifinalist for a James Beard Foundation Award.
The 2002 Auburn alumnus is one of 20 semi-finalists vying for Best Chef South.
“I couldn’t believe it. Really. I didn’t believe it until I saw it with my own eyes,” he admitted. “It still blows my mind to think about it.”