Hospitality management students work industry trade shows
uly 26, 2010

Hospitality management students were busy this year attending trade shows and exhibiting for the hospitality management program.  Thirteen students represented the program at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) show in Chicago in May and ten students attended the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) Show in Houston in June.


Pepsico Foodservice sponsored the students at the NRA Show by providing rooms at the W Chicago Downtown and entrance to industry receptions.  The students attended receptions hosted by the HIRE group and the Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance and  an invitation-only reception at Niketown.  They also worked with industry professionals at the Pepsico booth. 


Two of the students, Brad Robertson and Donna Niewinkski, were honored at the Salute to Excellence Forum hosted by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation at the NRA Show.  The all-day forum at the Hilton Chicago included industry panels and workshops, the Ambassador and Diplomate Luncheon, and the spectacular Salute to Excellence Awards Gala. 


At both shows, people visiting the UNT booth included prospective students, Board of Governors members, industry representatives, hospitality education professionals, and alumni.  As can be expected, many business cards were exchanged, and the students reported that the contacts they made were invaluable.  They also had a lot of fun!  According to Lea Dopson, chair of the hospitality management program, the opportunity for students to attend such events is a win-win for everyone involved.   "Students are able to enhance their professional portfolio while promoting the UNT brand and interacting with key industry decision makers" says Dopson.


The Hospitality Management program is a regular exhibitor at the NRA, IHM&RS (in New York in November), and TRA shows.  So, if any alumni are in the area, please come by the booth and say hello!

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