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It was Jim Purdum, a 1977 food service and housing administration graduate of Penn State, while serving as head of Penn State Hospitality Services, who saw an opportunity to provide students with real world experiences at two hotels on campus.


It was Jim Purdum, a 1977 food service and housing administration graduate of Penn State, while serving as head of Penn State Hospitality Services, who saw an opportunity to provide students with real world experiences at two hotels on campus.


Jon Luther, board chairman for Arby's Restaurant Group Inc. and retired CEO and board chairman of Dunkin' Brands, has been named 2015 Hospitality Executive of the Year by the Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society (PSHRS).


Faculty members from Vietnam are studying at Penn State to improve the hospitality and tourism curriculum at their home university to address an anticipated growth international tourism. Train the Trainer, in its first year, is a four-week program for hospitality and tourism faculty with Duy Tan University in Da Nang, Vietnam. The program is offered through the Hospitality Leadership Institute in Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management.


A group of travel industry professionals from the Netherlands studied at the Penn State School of Hospitality Management for one week at the University Park campus as part of a professional development training sponsored by ANVR, the Dutch Association of Travel and Tour Operators.


As a second-year student majoring in hospitality management, Greg Butto, who gravitated toward casino management courses, had a unique opportunity to work on the casino floor at Sands Bethlehem. As it turns out, Butto’s experience became the model for a new internship program between the Penn State School of Hospitality Management and Sands Bethlehem.


Two students students help plan the 2015 Outdoor Advertising Association of America/Traffic Audit Bureau for Media Measurement National Convention and Expo.


Donna L. Quadri-Felitti has been selected as the new director of the School of Hospitality Management at Penn State. Her appointment will be effective in July.


Hospitality Management students had the opportunity to pitch a social media marketing campaign to hotel executives as the culmination of a semester-long project.


Ten students will represent the College of Health and Human Development as student marshals during at the May 9, 2015, commencement ceremony at Penn State.