School of Hospitality Management faculty, student receive awards from the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education

August 31, 2007

Three faculty members and one student in the School of Hospitality Management received awards at the annual meeting of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (I-CHRIE), which took place July 25-29 in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Arun Upneja, associate professor of hospitality management, received the John Wiley & Sons Lifetime Research Achievement Award. Dr. David Cranage, associate professor of hospitality management; Dr. Anna Mattila, associate professor of hospitality management; and Li Miao, doctoral student in hospitality management, received “Best Paper” awards.

Upneja is well known for his research in the area of financial management in the hospitality industry.  He has published in the area of valuation and issues related to internationalization of hospitality firms.

The John Wiley & Sons Lifetime Research Achievement Award recognizes an International CHRIE member for “lifetime contributions to outstanding scholarship and research in hospitality and tourism.” The award “serves as a tribute to a distinguished individual who has demonstrated high standards in the systematic and objective analysis of data that has led to the development of principles or theories resulting in a significant contribution to the body of knowledge.”

Cranage received a “Best Paper” award for his paper, “The relative importance of menu item attributes at point of selection for young adults in a campus setting,” which will be published in the Journal of Foodservice Business Research in December 2007. Li Miao and Anna Mattila also received a “Best Paper” award for their paper, “Guilty pleasure or pleasant guilt? Affective ambivalence as consequences of impulse buying.”

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Dr. Upneja can be reached at (814) 863-7442 or AUpneja@psu.edu.  Dr. Cranage can be reached at (814) 863-0296 or dac2@psu.edu. Anna Mattila can be reached at (814) 863-5757 or asm6@psu.edu. Li Miao can be reached at lzm121@psu.edu.

For additional information, please contact the College of Health and Human Development Office of College Relations at (814) 865-3831 or healthhd@psu.edu.