Dr. Nancy Scanlon Awarded with Congressional Recognition

Dr. Nancy Scanlon was recognized by U.S. Senator Bill Nelson with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition for her work on issues related to sustainability and sea level rise in Florida. The certificate was awarded during a reception in Miami on November 12 for the CLEO Institute. At the same event, Dr. Scanlon was inducted into the CLEO Leadership Circle, which includes those individuals who are contributing to the many issues surrounding climate change impacts in South Florida.

Carnival Gold Scholars Pursue Hospitality Career Dreams at FIU

Five of South Florida’s brightest and most promising hospitality students are getting the opportunity to pursue their dream of launching a career in hospitality management with an $80,000 scholarship from Carnival Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Carnival Corporation. The Carnival Gold Scholars program, which is in its second year, awards full-tuition scholarships, including room and board, to five students who have demonstrated excellence in hospitality management through programs, competitions and industry-specific internships, such as the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (AOHT) and Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA). "We are extremely proud of our five new Carnival Gold Scholars and all of their accomplishments that contributed to their earning this honor," said Linda Coll, executive director of Carnival Foundation. "Congratulations to the students, and we look forward to seeing what their bright futures hold." Among them is 18-year-old Deborah Daniela Sanchez. Sanchez, like many FIU students, is the first in her family to attend college in the United States, after her parents moved here from Venezuela in the pursuit of a better future. During high school, Sanchez placed second in the state of Florida during DECA's Career Development State Conference as a co-author of a 30-page manual on operations research. "This scholarship will allow me to receive the best hospitality management education possible," Sanchez said. "I am very grateful to Carnival Foundation for investing in me and my academic development. I am now able to dedicate myself completely to my studies, fully develop my professional skills and hopefully contribute to the industry." In addition to Sanchez, Destinee Marie Gutierrez, Heissel Veronica Mayorga, Dalila Delisle Pineda, and John Joseph Simpson also were selected to become Carnival Gold Scholars. Carnival Corporation is one of South Florida's largest [...]

FIU’s National Society of Minorities in Hospitality Members Attend National Conference

Members of FIU's National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) attended the NSMH Regional Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The event was NSMH’s first Tri-Regional Conference encompassing the Northeast, South, and Southeast. FIU student and NSMH National Programs Director Yolanda Suarez attended along with 17 national board members who worked together over the past few months to ensure the conference's inaugural success. "I was both honored and exuberant to be able to have other members from FIU along with myself," Suarez said. The first day began with speeches from the national board, and industry round tables. The industry round tables allowed conference attendees to get up close and personal with recruiters, general managers, and panelists from Marriott, Hilton Worldwide, Hershey Parks and Entertainment, Sodexo, and MGM. On the main conference day, several panels were held representing different companies; each focusing on a different aspect on career development. Panel topics included soft skills, interview dos and don'ts, planning for the future, and the importance of networking. After each session, FIU students had a chance to network with other students, as well as with the different companies present. NSMH ended the evening by sponsoring a local food truck, and announcing the winner for a Harvest for Happiness drive involving collecting clean socks for the Baltimore area. While FIU did not win for the most creative and overall effort in collecting socks, the school did collect the most at 360 pairs! "As a young professional who has been attending these conferences throughout the course of my entire college career, I can honestly credit NSMH and our on-campus advisor Dr. Miranda Kitterlin for the professionalism and standards that I hold today," Suarez said. "This organization and the regional and national conferences alike have  prepared me to be [...]

Carnival Foundation Awards Full Scholarships to Five Students

Five of South Florida’s brightest and most promising hospitality students are getting the opportunity to pursue their dream of launching a career in hospitality management with an $80,000 scholarship from Carnival Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Carnival Corporation. Read More Photo, clockwise: Destinee Gutierrez, Heissel Mayorga, John Simpson, Deborah Sanchez, Dalila Pineda

Students Find Innovative Applications for Fondant

The American Sugar Refining Group (ASR) Group recently hosted the first Dry Fondant Competition for the Chaplin School, featuring three specialty ingredients in the company's portfolio. Students had to develop new and innovative ways to use the dry fondant outside of baked goods. Seven students participated in the competition and two finalists competed for the grand prize of $1,000. The runner up won $500. Arlyene Ponce was the grand prize winner. Her creation, Chipotle Lime BBQ Shrimp and Cornbread, utilized the product for caramelization as well as volume. Runner up Walter Yu used ASR products as a texturizing agent. This competition highlighted the students capability to adapt and apply their knowledge of using technical ingredients. "We are very excited to collaborate with ASR Group and their innovation center. The student finalists approached their concepts in a very creative way, and they are both very deserving of the awards." said Dr. Michael Cheng, professor and director of food and beverage programs at the Chaplin School. Photo, left to right: Gloria Docilait, Business Analysis Intern, ASR Group Michelle Tittl, Senior Research Scientist, ASR Group Arlyene Ponce, FIU junior, Grand prize winner Walter Navarro, FIU senior, Runner up Warren Yu, Technical Innovation Manager, ASR Group Lynda Law, Marketing Manager, ASR Group Ali Greenman, Receptionist, ASR Group

Esteemed Rocco M. Angelo Recognized and Honored by the Chaplin School at FIU

Join Us in Supporting the Rocco Angelo Legacy in Leadership Campaign Give Now Across the nation and around the world, when alumni of the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management think of their time at FIU, one face comes to mind: Rocco M. Angelo. In honor of Rocco’s decades of service to the Chaplin School, we are pleased to invite friends, colleagues, industry partners and all of those who have been inspired by the passion, dedication and commitment of this extraordinary individual to join us in recognizing his impact. More than any other person in the history of the Chaplin School, Rocco has personally led countless students and alumni on their academic and professional paths to success. As we look to the next horizon of the Chaplin School, FIU seeks to ensure that Rocco’s unparalleled legacy continues to make a difference. The Rocco M. Angelo Legacy in Leadership Campaign is raising endowed funds to extend his legacy in perpetuity. This campaign will provide current and future generations of Chaplin School students and alumni with the resources needed to ensure FIU's Worlds Ahead reputation. Earnings from the endowment will be used to support scholarships, recruitment initiatives to attract the best and brightest students, alumni engagement efforts, mentoring programs, career services, and student enrichment opportunities. As a valued and distinguished member of the Chaplin School, our alumni and industry partners reflect the School’s global reputation for excellence. Endowed funds strengthen this reputation by helping us reach our next horizon as an international leader of hospitality and tourism management education. To give online, visit the Chaplin School's Give Now page and select the Rocco Angelo Legacy in Leadership Endowment Campaign as your designation. For more information, [...]