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Students from the College of Health and Human Development are among the winners at the annual Graduate Exhibition.


While studies have recognized the need for schools to outsource food services, there is little research on how school officials can determine whether or not to outsource their food service operations, particularly by understanding the costs and benefits of this decision. Additionally, there is a major market opportunity for food service companies to manage operations at schools.


Through the Penn State School of Hospitality Management, 18 students are studying full-time for the spring semester in the International School of Hospitality at Florence University of the Arts.


The Penn State School of Hospitality Management welcomed two national leaders in the hospitality industry as spring 2015 Walter J. Conti Visiting Professors. Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, and Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association, visited the school in February to interact with students and faculty members.


The demand for college and university lodging is more stable than the typical lodging demand, and markets dominated by a college are more stable in terms of not only occupancy rates, but also average room rates, according to Penn State researchers.


Using furniture made from plastic soda bottles; composting more food waste; recycling more trash – all of these measures led to the School of Hospitality Management and Café Laura receiving a number of sustainability recognitions.


Penn State students studied hospitality on three different continents over three semesters as part of the Global Hospitality Management Program. The program is a collaboration between Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management (SHM), the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management, and the Hogeschool Zuyd’s Maastrict Hotel Management School in the Netherlands.


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.