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

Plato Ghinos, president of Shaner Hotel Group and member of Penn State's School of Hospitality Management Industry Advisory Board, speaks with students in the lobby of Keller Building on the University Park campus.

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.

Café Laura

Café Laura celebrates grand reopening with ribbon-cutting

Cafe Laura, which reopened on Aug. 25, held 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.

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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