School of Hospitality Management

The Penn State School of Hospitality Management is home of one of the most prestigious and well-respected programs of its kind in the nation.

By combining a broad educational foundation with "real-world experiences" and other opportunities for students to hone their leadership and communication skills, the School of Hospitality Management and its predecessor programs have equipped students to become industry leaders for over 75 years.


Hospitality Industry Advisory Board opens doors for students

Three years ago, the Penn State School of Hospitality Management (SHM) Industry Advisory Board was formed, allowing industry experts to strategically advise SHM on industry trends and guide students who are studying the field.

Since then, the 36-member board — which includes vice presidents and senior vice presidents with large companies and executive vice presidents, chief operating officers and CEO’s of smaller companies — has opened many doors for SHM students. Read more about the board and its impact.

Alumni return to SHM classrooms to advise students

SHM alumni returned to the classroom for the ninth annual "Alumni in the Classroom" program. The massive alumni outreach program gives students an opportunity to learn first-hand about the careers they’re studying from professionals who once sat in their seats.

Brian Cliette

SHM responds to social media's growing influence in hospitality industry

SHM understands the impact Facebook “likes” and Twitter “retweets” can have on a brand. That’s why the school hired Brian Cliette, social media and hospitality guru, to teach Social Media Marketing and Management for Travel and Hospitality Professionals, a new course that will be offered in the spring.

Café Laura returns with new look, new tastes and new opportunities

Cafe Laura

From food preparation to healthier eating choices, the newly renovated Café Laura offers the gamut. The cafe re-opened today (Aug. 25) and will hold its grand reopening Sept. 9 after months of extensive renovations. The student-run restaurant housed in the Mateer Building features new fare stations, a revised design, and a variety of novel equipment and technology. More importantly, the $1.2 million renovation boosts the educational experience for students and enhances dining experiences for customers.

Leland Pillsbury named Fall 2014 Conti Professor

Lee Pillsbury

Co-chairman of Thayer Lodging Group will interact with students, faculty members in September.

The Penn State School of Hospitality Management (SHM) named Leland C. Pillsbury, co-chairman of Thayer Lodging Group, as the fall 2014 Walter J. Conti Visiting Professor. Conti Professors visit the School of Hospitality Management to interact with students and faculty members, to present guest lectures in hospitality management and to speak at graduate and undergraduate colloquia.

PSHRS names Michael Leven 2014 Hospitality Executive of the Year

Lee Pillsbury

Michael Leven, president and chief operating officer for Las Vegas Sands Corporation, has been named 2014 Hospitality Executive of the Year by the Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society (PSHRS). Leven will receive the award during the 53rd Hospitality Executive of the Year award reception, which will take place Nov. 9, in conjunction with the annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show in New York. As part of the honor, Leven also will be inducted into the Penn State Hospitality Hall of Fame, located at The Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State’s University Park campus.

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