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Penn State alumnus Marvin Ashner has made a leadership gift to create the Marvin Ashner Endowed Directorship in the School of Hospitality Management in the College of Health and Human Development. This gift will strengthen one of the nation’s top hospitality education programs with a focus on advancing excellence and enhancing the school’s visibility in the digital age.

The College of Health and Human Development has funded several projects and initiatives to faculty members and researchers, made possible through four endowments that support undergraduate education and outreach programs.

Walter Conti, a Penn State trustee emeritus, died on Oct. 8 in Warminster, Pennsylvania, at the age of 87.

The School of Hospitality Management welcomed both the current and former CEO of Au Bon Pain — a restaurant chain headquartered in Boston with more than 300 locations in the United States and abroad — as fall 2016 Walter J. Conti Visiting Professors.

Fourteen student leaders within the School of Hospitality Management (SHM) attended the Sara C. Parks Student Leadership Workshop, held in August at Café Laura. Parks is a nutritionist, professor emerita and former director of SHM. The workshop is offered through her endowment.

Since 2012, hospitality management professor Hubert “Bert” Van Hoof has spent a considerable amount time in South America to mentor local faculty, who often have limited resources and little advanced education, on how to conceptualize and design studies, collect data, analyze findings, and write academic articles for peer-reviewed journals.

The Penn State School of Hospitality Management offered its first-ever workshop for the Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) program, a professional development certification designed for post-secondary hospitality educators around the world. Developed by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute, the CHE designation is one of the most recognized credentials in hospitality and tourism education.

The Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society (PSHRS) will celebrate the first National PSHRS Day on June 23 with events in 14 cities across the country.

Faculty members with the Penn State School of Hospitality Management traveled to Vietnam in May as part of a curriculum partnership with Duy Tan University.

The “Putt, Chip and Dip” event at the Penn State Golf Course was the result of a collaboration between hospitality management and PGA golf management programs to provide students with an opportunity to try out the skills they learned in the classroom. The goal was to prepare students for upcoming internships and jobs in their fields of study.

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