Chaplin Faculty Leads Research for National Industry Survey

It all started in the Summer 2012 when Miranda Kitterlin, Ph.D., assistant professor at the Chaplin School, joined Professors Michael Moran and Percival Darby in Tampa, Florida as presenting guests at the National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) annual meeting. In an effort to better understand the industry and its members, NAC partnered with Dr. Kitterlin and initiated the Concessions Industry Data Survey. "Working with an academic research partner like [FIU Chaplin School] brings an outside big-picture perspective, added credibility and helped us deliver better information to the industry and other interested parties,” highlighted director of communications for NAC and author of the study, Chris Dammann. “We have already started talks about how to take the initiative to the next level and we look forward to continuing the long standing relationship between NAC and FIU,” added Dammann. “This project was a great opportunity to interact with the industry and stay current with the trends,” remarked Kitterlin. To read survey findings and next steps, visit the NAC website.

New Classroom Aims to Revolutionize the Educational Experience

After two years of conceptualization, design, and the complete overhaul of a tired, multi-purpose room inside the Hospitality Management building, the Chaplin School has completed the transformation of a new classroom into one of the most innovative learning spaces of its time. The classroom challenges traditional pedagogical methodology, removing the educator from the front of the class. At the center of it all, you will find cutting-edge technology and modular-style furnishing, providing educators and students with an environment carefully devised to encourage new levels of engagement and collaboration. While the new space still includes a white board, it is not surprising that this old tool takes a back seat. Given the five interactive LCD touchscreens raging from 70 to 80 inches, the three HD cameras and microphones at three different speaker zones, and the capability to stream, receive, and capture video simultaneously, you could say the roughly 1,000 sq. ft. space contains as much technology as a presidential control room. And so far, since faculty began using the classroom at the start of the Fall 2014 semester, the reaction has been passionately positive. “I love this new classroom. It removes barriers between the teacher and students. A class becomes more of a mutual discussion than a lecture, which makes learning fun,” said hospitality law professor John Thomas. The pragmatic use of technology in this room, which can be employed effortlessly, gives students an exceptional learning experience. “Technology plays the most important role in modernizing education. The abundant media technology in this classroom places the student in an environment that is connected with current student values, where multimedia, online communication, and peer-group interactivity carry profound importance,” said Dale Gomez, director of information technology at the Chaplin [...]

Chaplin Professor Opens the New York Times Global Roundtables Series at BBC for Fall 2014

On Tuesday, September 9, Nancy Scanlon, Ph.D., associate professor at the Chaplin School moderated the New York Times Global Roundtable on climate change held at Biscayne Bay Campus, the first event of the series for the 2014-2015 academic year. Students who attended had a chance to learn about key factors that have the potential to impact our lives, based on an article published the New York Times on August 26, 2014 entitled “UN Draft Report Lists Unchecked Emissions’ Risks”, Dr. Scanlon, a global expert on climate change, highlighted rising sea levels, rising heat temperatures, increased severity of storms, diminishing fresh water availability, and changing weather patterns as being the present and future game-changers. “I really enjoyed the round table event and I think that Dr. Scanlon definitely touched on some key important climate change issues that people might not necessarily be aware of. She emphasized the importance of educating the public on this subject and taking action immediately in any way that we can. It was very eye opening!” said Alex Sherter, hospitality management graduate student. Read the full article on the New York Times website. Photo: Dr. Nancy Scanlon (left), Stephanie Smith '15 (center), hospitality management graduate student, and Alex Sherter '15 (right), hospitality management graduate student.