The Missouri Travel Council has awarded two $1,000 scholarships to students pursuing hospitality, travel and tourism related majors. Applications were received from students at Missouri State University, Ozarks Technical Community College, as well as the University of Central Missouri. This year’s winners are:
• Kasey Eberth, a sophomore from Kansas City, MO, attending Missouri State University. He is majoring in Hospitality and Restaurant Administration with a minor in Marketing (Advertising and Promotion.)
• Brice Bube, a sophomore from Valley Park, MO, attending Missouri State University. He is majoring in Hospitality and Restaurant Administration with a minor in Spanish.
The Missouri Travel Council awards the “Bob Smith Tourism Scholarship” annually and over the past 18 years has provided $30,000 in scholarships to 30 students in colleges and universities from across the state of Missouri. The scholarship is named in recognition and appreciation of R.B. “Bob” Smith III, an icon and long time employee of the Missouri Division of Tourism, who served in a number of capacities over the years including Deputy Director and Interim Director.
Scholarship applicants are required to meet several criteria, including being a full-time student at an accredited college or university in Missouri with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants are required to complete a Scholarship Application Form, along with providing a narrative that provides scholarship judges with insight into their academic activities / achievements, community involvement, hospitality/tourism related experience (work or volunteer) and goals / future career plans including a statement of why they are pursuing a career in a hospitality, travel and tourism related field.
Congratulations and best wishes for continued success to
Kasey Eberth and Brice Bube, this year’s scholarship recipients.
Throughout the spring semester, the hospitality faculty, staff, and board of advisors held multiple strategic planning sessions. The resulting strategic plan will serve two purposes. First, the plan will guide the department’s efforts to support Missouri State University’s 2016-2021 long-range plan. Second, the plan will offer a road map for the department’s efforts to become a signature program of the university.
The university as well as the department will focus attention on the following areas:
Diversity and Inclusion
The university’s long-range plan is now available online. As we enter the 2016-2017 academic year, expect to hear more about the department’s implementation of the strategic plan.
Professional development and networking are essential to career advancement. Hospitality students, Kaitlin Stein and Lauren McGrath, understand the importance of connecting with industry professionals. Both students along with hospitality faculty member, Jokima Hiller, represented our department at Kansas City Meeting Professionals International (KCMPI) Conference.
KCMPI Annual Conferences are designed for meeting planners, suppliers, students, and hospitality faculty who are aspiring to keep apprised of the fast paced changes taking place in the meetings industry. The conferences focus on connecting current and future meeting planners with industry experts through keynote addresses, creative breakout and panel discussions, as well as rewarding networking sessions.
The Kansas City Chapter of Meeting Professionals is the leading regional organization committed to shaping and defining the meeting and event industry. KCMPI’s goal is to build a rich, global meeting industry community with its members successfully creating relationships, keeping ahead of industry trends in the marketplace, and sharing ideas and knowledge.
The hospitality industry is known for its generosity. At Missouri State University, our students learn the importance of giving back to the community early in their college career. This semester, Eta Sigma Delta (ESD) Hospitality Honor Society members, Lauren McGrath, Alexa Blankenship, and Jalyn Weaver recently volunteered at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Springfield along with their co-advisor, Dr. Melissa Dallas. Combined, the volunteers estimated they moved close to five tons of tile in one afternoon and had fun completing the task.
The volunteer efforts of ESD represent the department’s commitment to community service. Each semester over 90% of our HRA students participate in community engagement activities. This is just one way the HRA department ensures that we are developing Hospitality Leaders who are also citizen scholars.
Over $10,000 was raised at the Fourth Annual HRA Board of Advisors’ Wine Tasting and Silent Auction at DoubleTree Hotel Springfield on February 28th. All event proceeds support HRA student scholarships!
Over 35 wines from various regions of the world were available to sample. Alumnus Matt Bekebrede, owner of Vino Cellars organized the wine and alumnus Brian Inman, General Manager of DoubleTree Hotel, coordinated appetizers to complement the wine and sponsored the event space. All guests receive a Riedel wine glass to keep! Throughout the event guests could bid on silent auction items and pre-purchase wine available at the tasting. A percentage of the pre-purchased wine sales supported student scholarships!
The event concluded with a live auction for a weekend in Napa Valley for two couples. The weekend included accommodations at Old Bridge Cellar’s private cottage and multiple wine tastings including The Hess Collection, Volker Eisele Family Estate, and Materra Cunat Family Vineyards.
A VIP Pre-Tasting Event led by Mike Ward of Ward on Wine, a Certified Sommelier, Certified Specialist of Spirits, and Certified Wine Educator offered a fun and informative tasting on one of the greatest wine regions in all of the world, Napa Valley. Numerous different producers were featured to showcase the different winemaking style and techniques that can be seen in this area.
Because of recent success of this annual event, the Board of Advisors approved at their bi-annual meeting in March to establish an endowed scholarship!
The date for the 2017 Wine Event is Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the DoubleTree Hotel Springfield. We hope to see you there!
Missouri State University (MSU) Hospitality and Restaurant Administration (HRA) Spring 2016 Recruiters Fair. Several hundred students, recruiters, faculty and staff in attendance! Over 35 recruiters looking to hire our students for internships and post graduation employment.
Why study Hospitality at Missouri Sate University?
The Hospitality and Restaurant Administration degree program is one of the best academic programs in the U.S.! We prepare our students for management positions in the hospitality industry, including hotels, restaurants, casinos, country clubs and more.
Our students get hired! We have a 96% job placement rating of graduating students, with an average starting salary of $40k-$60k per year. This is largely due to our hospitality internship program, along with our incredible recruiters that know the value of our hospitality degree.
for speaking to our Advanced Hospitality Leadership class and for being our keynote speaker in this years Board of Advisors Speaker Series
Chris Morris is President of California Pizza Kitchen, where he oversees the casual dining chain’s more than 280 restaurants operating across the nation and in 15 countries. Morris began his career in the restaurant/hospitality industry more than 20 years ago at Applebee’s International working in the Finance Department. From there Morris joined NPC International, the largest Pizza Hut franchisee, as the Senior Director of Finance. During his tenure at NPC, he assisted the company purchase more than 130 restaurants to fuel its growth as a publicly traded company and later helped the company execute a going private transaction through a Management Buyout. In 2004 Morris moved his family from Kansas City to the Dallas/Fort Worth area to be CFO of CEC Entertainment, the owner and operator of Chuck E. Cheese’s. At Chuck E. Cheese’s, Morris helped the company develop approximately 100 new entertainment centers across the country and played a key role in building the foundational framework for growth in international markets. In 2010, Morris followed a long held desire to work in the world of Private Equity and joined Golden Gate Capital, first as the CFO of On The Border (the largest casual dining Mexican restaurant chain), then later as President of California Pizza Kitchen. Prior to his career in the restaurant industry, Morris, a CPA, spent more than 3 years at Deloitte & Touche in the audit department.
Morris grew up in Independence, MO and earned a B.S. in Accounting at Missouri State University in 1992. In 2000, Morris earned an M.B.A., with an emphasis in Finance, from the University of Kansas.
Weekend stay in Napa Valley at Old Bridge Cellars’ cottage [The Box] and at least four tastings including Volker Eisele Family Estate and Materra Cunat Family Vineyards.
In the middle of the beautiful Napa Valley wine growing region is a quaint cottage designed to make you feel a world away. Nestled behind OLD BRIDGE CELLARS’ world headquarters, [The Box] combines Australian culture with local Napa Valley charm.
Located just an hour drive from San Francisco and minutes from downtown Napa, [The Box] offers comfortable accommodations for those who want to learn, explore, or just get away from it all.
Amenities include two guest bedrooms/1 bathroom, two double beds, living area with kitchenette, TV, DVDs, stereo, hairdryer, bath towels, Napa Valley Soap Company products, mini-fridge stocked with complimentary beverages, complimentary bottle of OLD BRIDGE CELLARS wine, complimentary espresso and wine tasting (stop by the OBC office Mon-Fri), Napa Valley Maps and local dining information.
Silent Auction Items: (Check back for updates!)
Two-night stay at The Loft Lakeview Suite above Vino Cellar at the Lake with wine, cheese, and gourmet food basket
Weekend stay and brunch for two at Chase Park Plaza Hotel
One-night stay and $30 food voucher at Hollywood Casino St. Louis
One-night stay at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
DoubleTree Hotel Springfield Basket, includes one-night stay, breakfast for two, $25 Houlihan’s gift card, bottle of wine, glasses, wall decor
Two rounds of golf and cart at Ledgestone.
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, includes $50 Cheddar’s Gift Certificate, Jose Quervo Tequila, margarita mixes, drink shaker, t-shirt, and hat
Vintage Coca-Cola Cooler
Magnum of 2006 Volker Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon
One-hour massage from Victory Massage Therapy
Rodan + Fields Regimen
Feller’s Food Service Product Gift Basket
Hair straightening/refinishing iron and product from Salon Services
Dinner for two at Garden Grille and Bar at Hilton Garden Inn, two bottles of Banshee Mordecai, and two bars of Askinosie chocolate
Red Top Oven Gift Basket
Admission Passes to Discovery Center for four
Admission Passes to Dickerson Park Zoo for four
Incredible Pizza Family Fun Pack
$50 Olive Garden Gift Card
Starbucks Gift Basket
Burt’s Bees Basket
Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale with MSU beer glasses and $25 Buffalo Wild Wings gift card
Multiple Wine Baskets
Missouri State Basketball tickets
Missouri State Baseball tickets
Missouri State Football tickets
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Dr. Albert Barreda, assistant professor of hospitality and restaurant administration, presented his research in Chile at the 9th Iberoamerican Academy of Management Conference December 3-5. The theme of this year’s conference was “From Developing to Developed Economies: The Future of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Iberoamerica”. Barreda presented an empirical study investigating the impact of knowledge sharing and knowledge management on innovation capacity.
The 2015 Iberoamerican Academy of Management Conference aims to facilitate dialog amongst academics and practitioners regarding the potential future of entrepreneurship innovation. The conference offered four special tracks related to the central theme “The Future of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Iberoamerica” and eight additional tracks from management topics.