The Chaplin School recently had the honor of hosting representatives from the Hotel Schools of Distinction (HSD), a global network of premier hotel schools. Representatives from the following member schools attended the meeting and had the opportunity to interact with Chaplin faculty and tour the School’s state of the art facilities. Visiting Schools Niagara University (New York, United States) Haaga-Helia School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (Finland) Hotelschool The Hague (The Netherlands) Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne (Indiana, United States) Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec (Canada) Internationale Hochschule Bad Honnef (Germany) University of Stavanger (Norway) Escuela Universitaria de Hotelería y Turismo de Sant Pol de Mar (Spain) The Chaplin School is a founding member of HSD. Photo (left to right): Truls Engstrom, University of Stavanger; Mihaela Plugarasu, Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University; Mohammad Qureshi, FIU; Chang Huh, Niagara University; Shivani Joshi, FIU; Martha A. Coussement, Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne; Mike Hampton, FIU; Diann Newman, FIU; Lluis Sera, Escuela Universitaria de Hotelería y Turismo de Sant Pol de Mar; Peter Thuy, Internationale Hochschule Bad Honnef; Sander Allegro, Hotelschool The Hague; Ari Byorkqvist, Haaga-Helia School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management; John Niser, Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne
Feeding South Florida, a leading domestic hunger relief organization, has named John Buschman, a Chaplin adjunct professor, the Ultimate Hunger Hero for 2015. Professor Buschman accepted the award on behalf of all FIU students enrolled in the Social Responsibility in the Hospitality Industry course, who collectively contributed more than 1,200 hours of community volunteer service this past year, largely dedicated to reducing food insecurity in our community. In addition to helping at the regional food bank’s warehouse, the students also assisted with packaging and handing out food to those in need at community distribution sites across South Florida. According to Feeding South Florida, this award is given to volunteers who have "shown exemplary commitment to ending hunger in their community" and have "gone above and beyond the call of service". Photo (left to right): Professor Buschman and students: Laura Delgado, Yasmin Johnson, Danny Ferman, and Stephanie Salazar.
Hospitality Management student, Yolanda Suarez, continues to do big things. As the National Programs Director for the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality, Suarez attended a retreat in Washington D.C. last June along with the national board of student members. The group of leaders quickly rolled up their sleeves and managed to draw up plans for workshops, marketing, and the themes for upcoming regional and national conferences. As if that wasn’t enough, they also took time to sharpen their skills by attending professional development workshops and public speaking seminars. Suarez got involved with NSMH during her freshman year at FIU. “NSMH is a nationwide student run organization, recognized as the premier professional organization for developing exceptional minority student talent and leadership,” said Suarez. Before reaching the national level, she was appointed to Hospitality Week Chair, where she planned a week of events with assistance from the e-board. The following year, she served as Vice President for FIU’s NSMH chapter, and later as a junior, she served as President of FIU NSMH. “It’s a dream come true,” she said. “I could not be prouder to serve as National Programs Director, but none of it would be possible without my years spent with our chapter [at FIU] and our amazing adviser Dr. [Miranda] Kitterlin.” FIU NSMH is currently looking for e-board and general members. Membership is open to all hospitality students. You can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to join and represent FIU at regional and national conferences.