Professor and Class Presented with Award by Local Organization

Touching Miami with Love recognized Chaplin School students from the Catering Management course for raising $25,000 in its name. The event was organized and executed by the students in fall of 2015 as part of an annual class project in Professor Bill Hansen’s class. Lia Panzacchi, the hospitality management student in charge of the event, received the certificate, accompanied by professor Hensen and associate deans Terry Lease and Mohammad Qureshi. Touching Miami with Love focuses on helping disadvantaged youth. Photo (right to left): Associate Dean Terry Lease, Associate Dean Mohammad Qureshi, Angel Pittman from Touching Miami with Love, Lia Panzacchi, student lead, and Professor Bill Hansen.

SOBEWFF®: A Springboard to Top Hospitality Jobs

The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE gives thousands of FIU hospitality management students hands-on experience and invaluable networking opportunities each year. Melissa del Toro is a data analyst at Carlo’s Bakery. Her experiences at the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE have helped her land her dream job with Buddy Valastro, also widely recognized as the Cake Boss from the hit TLC series. Demi Marroquin, an event manager at the Turnberry Isle Miami, now oversees social and corporate events at the upscale resort, an opportunity resulting from a connection made at SOBEWFF®. While working as a student lead, Stephanie White was hired on the spot by Deco Productions, a preferred décor vendor of the Festival. These are just a few of the student success stories from SOBEWFF®, which held its 15th edition from February 24 to the 28. Just like Del Toro, Marroquin and White, over 1,200 FIU students got the same exposure to potential opportunities when they volunteered for more than 3,700 shifts at this year's Festival. SOBEWFF® gives students the opportunity to gain valuable skills, exposes them to every aspect of producing one of the country’s most popular wine and food festivals, and allows them to gain first-hand experience alongside event organizers, more than 200 sponsors and partners, and world-renowned chefs, like Bobby Flay, Katie Lee, Masaharu Morimoto, Rachael Ray, Tom Colicchio, Emeril Lagasse, Martha Stewart, and more. Their experience pays off with connections and, in many cases, career opportunities. “SOBEWFF® was pivotal for my career. From developing very simple skills to exposing me to situations I had only dreamed about, the experience [...]

Students and Staff Compete and Win at State Collegiate DECA Conference

Four Chaplin School students made it to the finals at the 2016 DECA State Career Development Conference held in Orlando, Florida. Collegiate DECA prepares student members for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and entrepreneurship. At this year's conference, students engaged in rich professional development programs and competitions in the areas of marketing management, human resource management, and travel and tourism. The event ended with the presentation of awards to students and staff where the Chaplin School received the following recognition: Kimberly Rivera, Outgoing State President, First Place (Marketing Management) and First Place (Travel and Tourism) James Unsell, Third Place (Human Resource Management) John Simpson, State Finalist (Travel and Tourism) Heissel Mayorga,  State Finalist  (Travel and Tourism) In addition, the Chaplin School's Professor Oren Hertz received Overall State Advisor of the Year and academic advisor Nico Rose was presented with the New Advisor of the Year Award. Collegiate DECA has over 15,000 members across 275 college and university campuses in the U.S. Photo (left to right): John Simpson, Heissel Mayorga, James Unsell, and Nico Rose

Professor Jinlin Zhao Confirmed as Fulbright Scholar

Dr. Jinlin Zhao, professor of hospitality and tourism management and director of graduate programs at the Chaplin School, received a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and research at the University College of Northern Denmark. "As a recipient of the Fulbright Specialist Grant, I am honored to represent the U.S. as a scholar to overseas institutions," Dr. Zhao said. Dr. Zhao's career exemplifies his dedication to serving the learning community at FIU and enhancing efforts in international scholarship and collaboration. Since joining FIU nearly 16 years ago, Dr. Zhao has worked to further the mission of the Chaplin School in his U.S. classrooms and abroad. He has given more than 70 presentations at international conferences, engaged in consulting activities in China, recruited and trained foodservice employees during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, taught as visiting professor and trainer at several institutions in China, Taiwan, and Japan, and, in 2015, he was named as Overseas Master by the Shanghai Education Commission. Dr. Zhao also contributed to establishing FIU's Marriott Tianjin China Program at the Tianjin University of Commerce in Tianjin, China where many of the program's faculty are his former students. While at the University College of Northern Denmark, Dr. Zhao will give lectures on strategic management in the global hospitality and tourism management industries, lead seminars on attracting Chinese tourists, and consult with administrators and other scholars on applied research and the development of academic curricula for hospitality education. The Fulbright Scholar Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Through its Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), the Fulbright Scholar Program invites approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals each year to 140 countries to lecture, teach, and conduct research. Photo: Dr. Zhao in his office at FIU's Chaplin School on the Biscayne Bay [...]