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The second annual online Interdisciplinary Research Symposium in Foodservice Decisions, which will focus on ethics in foodservice, will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. EST on Dec. 9. The event is sponsored by the Food Decisions Research Laboratory in the School of Hospitality Management at Penn State and the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State.

Paul Rigazzi, worldwide sales director for Best Western Hotels & Resorts, has joined the Penn State School of Hospitality Management (SHM) Industry Advisory Board.

Penn State students are gaining unique, hands-on experience planning community events for two nonprofit organizations: Pennsylvania Pink Zone and House of Care.

In public and private schools across the United States, foodservice directors have an important responsibility: feeding children each school day while meeting government guidelines with a finite number of dollars. Researchers at Penn State are working to better understand school foodservice operations, a daunting task.

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.

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