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Students enrolled in the School of Hospitality Management (SHM) in the College of Health and Human Development (HHD) received a first-hand look at the operations of a major hotel corporation.

School of Hospitality Management students enrolled in Advanced Meetings and Events planned and executed two events to raise funds for Operation: Military Kids, which supports military families living in civilian communities, and Pencils of Promise, which builds schools in impoverished countries. And they did it with $0.

Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management (SHM) has launched a national search for a new director, as current Director John O’Neill will step down in July to lead the school’s new Center for Hospitality Real Estate Strategy.

Breffni Noone, associate professor of hospitality management, is the recipient of the 2014-15 Schreyer Honors College (SHC) Excellence in Advising Award, which is presented annually to an honors faculty member who has been nominated for excellence in advising.

More than 100 students, 10 faculty members and 50 alumni attended the 2014 Hospitality Executive of the Year Reception presented by the Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society (PSHRS) in New York City where PSHRS named Michael Leven, president and chief operating officer for Las Vegas Sands Corporation, as Hospitality Executive of the Year.

Students enrolled in Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management (SHM) witnessed first-hand the operations of a major hospitality corporation, Hilton Worldwide, as part of a unique engaged scholarship opportunity.

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.

The School of Hospitality Management understands the impact Facebook “likes” and Twitter “retweets” can have on a brand. That’s why the school hired Brian Cliette to teach a new course focusing on successful social media marketing techniques for the hospitality field.

College of Health and Human Development students participated in Marriott Vacations Worldwide's U of the Way conference, focusing on hospitality, resort management, recreation and networking.

The College of Health and Human Development, Department of Nutritional Sciences, and School of Hospitality Management will offer several Cooking Programs throughout the academic year.