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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.

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.