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What is Health and Human Development?

Diverse fields of study that share one
common goal: enriching the lives of others.

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Networking
Share ideas at Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society meetings and at regional and national events; renew old friendships and meet with industry leaders and suppliers.

Career Enhancement
Make new contacts, improve your job skills, and develop your leadership abilities. Your membership grants access to exclusive programs designed to provide employment opportunities for the employer or employee.

Industry Representation
Benefit from an enhanced professional image and increased industry recognition.

Education
Take advantage of the seminars that PSHRS promotes and sponsors, continuing and distance education opportunities and other programs offered by Penn State to those within our industries—many at a discount to our members.

Communications
Receive the school newsletter, Health & Human Development alumni magazine and invitations to educational activities and special events. Also visit the Health and Human Development Web site at www.hhdev.psu.edu and the School of Hospitality Management website at www.hhdev.psu.edu/shm.

Discounts
Receive special rates for some events and programs sponsored by the Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society

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Activities Supported icon-olus-circle

Your membership in the Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society will help support the following initiatives this year:

  • Continuation of our Student Mentoring Program.
  • Printing and distribution of the newsletter to all PSHRS members.
  • Support of Student Activities & Student Organizations such as the student chapter of the Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society. Provision of funding to the School for leadership training for student leaders within the School.
  • Programs and events to include the Alumni in the Classroom and Alumni Awards Reception, International PSHRS Day,  Hospitality Executive of the Year Award Ceremony and Reception,  and regional alumni events throughout the year.

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Membership Opportunities icon-olus-circle

PSHRS promotes membership and affiliation in the Penn State Alumni Association as well as other special interest groups within the College of Health and Human Development and the HRIM industries. PSHRS has several distinct categories of membership designed to meet both individual and business needs.

Active Membership—For those who have graduated from Penn State and are/were actively involved in the HRIM industries.

Associate Membership—Available to all faculty members, parents of students or alumni, friends of the program, and others who are actively engaged in the HRIM.

Lifetime Membership—Open to life members in the Penn State Alumni Association who wish to join the Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society for a lifetime at a favorable rate and avoid annual payments.

Corporate Sponsorships—Corporate operators and industry suppliers may be part of PSHRS as a sponsor of PSHRS endeavors.

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Calling Alumni to Volunteer for PSHRS
PSHRS is seeking Elected Executive Committee Chair candidates to fill a vacancy on the board. Responsibilities and expectations are listed below. The open elected chair position is filling a Membership role for a 2021-2022 term. Please complete this brief form for your consideration as a candidate. Self or peer nominations are accepted. Due by Friday, February 12th at 8 PM EST.

Expectations of Elected Chairs

  • Fulfill and exceed all expectations in the defined role as a PSHRS Board Member.
  • Financially support a PSHRS or School-related scholarship, endowment or program fund on an annual basis. There is not a defined amount but we expect 100% participation from our board members.
  • Attending and participating in all scheduled board meetings. These are held three times a year (Winter, Summer, and Fall) and will usually require travel to University Park (other locations may include New York or other major cities in the Northeast) as well as an overnight stay at the board member’s own expense for each meeting.
  • Serving actively as needed on PSHRS committees. Committee activities, meetings, and conference call are scheduled as needed.
  • Assisting in identifying, cultivating, and involving PSHRS alumni in all activities and initiatives.
  • Participating in institutional and alumni activities and programs, both locally and on campus whenever possible.
  • Being familiar with the programs and activities sponsored and organized for and by PSHRS and the School of Hospitality Management.
  • PSHRS board members are required to be dues-paying members of the society.
  • Assuming expenses incurred when participating in alumni activities.
  • Note: Attendance is crucial at our upcoming Winter All Alumni Meeting and Committee Planning Sessions Thursday, February 25, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. EST.

Responsibilities of Membership Role

  • Managing Geographic Network Leaders volunteer group, recruiting additional participants as needed.
  • Lead content planning for our Annual International PSHRS Day in June and assist the SHM Event team with logistics.
  • Increase dues-paying membership to include Lifetime membership.
  • Implement a 2nd Annual regional event to add to our current slate of PSHRS sponsored events.
  • Build off the virtual networking success of 2020 to integrate virtual events into PSHRS networking for the future.
  • Lead Membership Committee by creating actionable tasks for volunteers to contribute to the success of your role. Manage delegation and execution of those tasks.
  • Strategic planning, goal setting and report outs at Executive Board, General Board and All Alumni Meetings. 
Want to volunteer but not ready to commit to an elected chair position?
Complete by Friday, February 12th at 8 PM EST.