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Dr. Caroline Lusby actively working on ecotourism development

Dr. Carolin Lusby has been working with Conservation International on a project and grant to protect primary rainforests in the Amazon through the establishment of small scale ecotourism development in the Kayapo Indigenous Territories. These forests are under enormous threats of illegal mining, ranching and logging. She also has two presentations at the 15th World Leisure Congress from 8/28 - 9/1 in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Quilombo culture and community based tourism and attributes of a cruise vacation.


The Chaplin School awards scholarships to all incoming freshmen

By Lazaro Gonzalez Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management surprised its incoming freshman class with a $500 scholarship for each student. The scholarship announcement came during the school’s annual pinning ceremony for freshman, held on August 19. The Lee Brian Schrager Aim Higher Scholarship, named in honor of the founder and director of the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival, is funded by proceeds from the annual gourmet gathering. “We’re extremely lucky and proud to be able to do this for our students,” said Michael Cheng, interim dean of the Chaplin School. “It would not be possible without the support of the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Many FIU students come from low-income families. We hope to provide some financial relief and motivate them toward a timely graduation.” To date, the festival has raised more than $28 million for the Chaplin School. “Providing scholarship support like this to the school is the foundation on which the festival was created,” said Schrager, who also serves as Senior Vice President of Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. “These incoming students are the future leaders of the hospitality industry, and we are pleased to be able to support them as they embark on their interactive educational journey.” The Chaplin School plans to award the scholarship to all future incoming freshmen. The students will receive the $500 after completing their first 30 credits.


Chopped teen champion, author, CEO and now a hospitality freshman

It was the final round of the 2016 Chopped Teen Tournament. The only thing that stood between Eliana de Las Casas and the grand prize was a basket. When she opened it, it was filled with mangoes, graham crackers, cream cheese and gelatin. It was the basket of de Las Casas’ dreams – literally. “The night before the finale, I had a dream that those exact ingredients were in my basket, and I made mango float – a Filipino dessert – that my Nana taught me how to make,” de Las Casas said. As the clock ticked down, de Las Casas plated her mango float and presented it to the judges. While she may have dreamed about the challenge, she never could have imagined what came next. She was named the Chopped Teen Grand Champion. Read more.


Alumn Gregg Carano ’85 appointed as Senior VP, GM of leading casino entertainment company

El Dorado Resorts appoints Gregg Carano '85 as Senior Vice President, General Manager of the Eldorado Resort Casino Reno, Silver Legacy Resort Casino and Circus Circus Reno (collectively the “Reno Tri-Properties”) Gregg Carano '85 most recently served as Senior Vice President of Food and Beverage for Eldorado Resorts, Inc. and General Manager of Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort in West Virginia. Gregg Carano assumes the role from current Senior Vice President, General Manager of the Reno Tri-Properties, Gene Carano, who will continue to serve as Senior Vice President of Regional Operations, Nevada and Colorado. Read full release.


Alumnus Peter Vossenberg ’90 is Recognized as Southeastern Chef Educator of the Year

The American Culinary Foundation 2018 Southeastern Region Educator of the Year award pays tribute to an active culinary educator whose knowledge, skills and expertise have enhanced the image of the professional chef, and who, by example, has given leadership, guidance and direction to students seeking a career in the culinary profession. Read more. American Culinary Federation


Regynald G. Washington ’74 climbed from busboy to CEO. Read Q&A.

Regynald Washington is a 1974 hospitality alumnus. He gave the commencement speech at the Sunday, July 29, 2018 Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management graduation. Very Important Panther: Regynald G. Washington ’74 Chief Executive Officer, Hojeij Branded Foods Bachelor of Science in international hotel and restaurant administration, 1974 Member, Dean’s Advisory Council, Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Torch Award recipient, 2005 You’ve climbed from the lowest rung of the hospitality world — starting as a teenage busboy in the Florida Keys — to the very top — head of a company that operates the airport outlets of popular restaurant brands nationwide. How has that experience made you a better leader? Read the Regynald's answer to this and other questions.


FIU Hospitality alumna Maxine Taylor, MS ’95, raises the bar 
on hotel asset management

After more than 30 years in the hotel 
industry, Maxine Taylor has a deep well of mind-boggling anecdotes, especially from her time as an asset manager. She recalls one incident a few years ago, when she noticed that a property in her portfolio was spending more than $700,000 a year on boiler watchmen. “These staff members were literally sitting in the basement, watching the boiler. I immediately asked... read complete story on lodging magazine.com Sourced from lodgingmagazine.com, Posted by: Kate Hughes, July 9, 2018


Dean’s advisory council member and GMCVB president and CEO, Bill Talbert, featured as Ultimate CEO

By Jeff Zbar  – Correspondent, South Florida Business Journal Jun 21, 2018 In the last 18 months, Bill Talbert and his team at the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau have endured a host of “headwinds” that might have created serious challenges for other travel spots. The Miami Beach Convention Center closed for a six-month “blackout” period during its $600 million renovation and expansion. Travel from Brazil, among Miami’s largest feeder markets, fell 26 percent. The Zika virus scared off travelers, and Hurricane... Watch video and read full article here


Be part of the upcoming alumni events in Orlando and New York

Hospitality Alumni Reception in Orlando, FL September 7, 2018, The Grove Resort & Spa, Orlando, FL 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sponsor: Humberto “Burt” Cabanas ’76, Chairman, Benchmark Hospitality International For more information or to RSVP, please contact dean Rocco Angelo at 305.919.4515 or angelor@fiu.edu Hospitality Alumni Reception in Miami October 22, 2018, Fontainebleau Miami Beach (Scarpetta Terrace) 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sponsor: Phil Goldfarb '79, President and COO, Fontainebleau Miami Beach For more information or to RSVP, please contact dean Rocco Angelo at 305.919.4515 or angelor@fiu.edu Hospitality Alumni Reception in NYC November 11, 2018, Royalton Park Avenue Hotel, New York City 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sponsor: Highgate Royalton Park Avenue Hotel Special thanks to: Mahmood Khimji, President, Highgate Holdings, Inc. With appreciation: Jan Rozenveld '90 MS '91, Sr VP Lifestyle Hotels at Highgate Jay Litt '73, The Litt Group For more information or to RSVP, please contact dean Rocco Angelo at 305.919.4515 or angelor@fiu.edu __ For additional information and events, visit the events calendar page.