Janine Ackerman died tragically on April 8, 2017, in a shooting incident at the Coral Gables Equinox gym, where she worked as a general manager. Janine received her Master's degree in 2008 from Florida International University's Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, where she also was President of the Eta Sigma Delta International Hospitality Management Honor Society. At FIU, she was selected as a student leader at the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine and Food Festival and was a stellar student who was loved by many students, staff and faculty. Janine had a beautiful smile that would permeate those in her company, and a great sense of humor. She was a vibrant, intelligent, determined young woman with an enthusiastic personality. As a professional, she was a hard worker, leader, mentor and role model for others. Janine created a legacy that will not be forgotten by those whose lives she touched. The Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management is establishing a scholarship fund in Janine's honor. These funds will be used to give financial assistance to students pursuing a degree in hospitality management from the Chaplin School. To donate to the fund, visit The Chaplin School’s FIU Foundation page and select the Janine Ackerman Scholarship Fund from the designation dropdown.
Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and Quirch Foods, a wholesale food distributor with distribution centers in the continental U.S. and Puerto Rico, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Quirch Foods Hub, a newly branded space within the school’s food production laboratories. Quirch Foods also established the Quirch Foods First-Generation Scholarship to support undergraduate students at the Chaplin School who demonstrate exceptional academic merit and passion for the food and beverage industry. The strategic partnership between FIU and Quirch Foods also will provide students with opportunities to work on innovative projects with Quirch Foods and participate in management-level internship and mentoring programs.
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the University of Malta and Florida International University on Wednesday 29 March at 11:50 at the Office of the Rector, University of Malta, Msida. The MoU was signed by Professor Alfred J. Vella, Rector, University of Malta, and Dr Terry Lease, Associate Dean, Florida International University. Present for the signing were Professor Godfrey Baldacchino, UM Pro-Rector, International Development & Quality Assurance, Professor Andrew Jones, UM Director, Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture, Dr Mary Tanke, FIU, Mr Terrence Flynn, Chargé d’Affaires a.i., US Embassy Malta, Dr Susan Ross, Public Affairs Officer, US Embassy Malta, Ms Stefania Agius Fabri, Director, UM International Office and Ms Anna Callus, Deputy Director, UM International Office. The intention behind the Memorandum of Understanding is to cement current collaboration between both institutions namely in the field of Tourism Studies with the intention of developing an online Dual Master Degree in the field of Tourism and Hospitality Studies, intended for local and international professionals in the field. Throughout their visit at the University of Malta, FIU representatives met with various UM officials to further familiarise themselves and explore further collaborative opportunities between both institutions. The dual-degree programme is designed to accelerate the career progression of hospitality company managers and entrepreneurs with at least five years of industry experience. The programme will allow students to upgrade their knowledge of the global hospitality industry and enhance their critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills, while continuing to work full-time in their current positions. The programme has an international focus from the unique perspectives of the crossroad locations of Malta and Miami. Read the original story at um.edu.mt. Photo Caption from left: standing: Andrew Jones (UM), Godfrey Baldacchino (UM), [...]
The American Fine Wine Competition, with the support and encouragement of FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, is establishing the Chip Cassidy Endowment Fund in recognition of his dedication to FIU’s students and alumni, as well as his invaluable contributions to the wine industry. The fund will support scholarships for FIU students with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in and furthering the wine industry, as well as establish a wine library within the school in Chip’s honor to house his collection of books. The American Fine Wine Competition aims to raise a minimum of $25,000 for the fund in order to establish an endowment and preserve Chip’s legacy in perpetuity. Want to make a donation? Be sure to select 'The "Chip" Cassidy Endowment Fund' from the Designation dropdown. Photo Caption (left to right): Chip Cassidy, Dean Mike Hampton, Shari Gherman, Wayne Chaplin.
Chad Moss, executive vice president of Moss & Associates, announced a $10 million gift to FIU’s College of Engineering & Computing – the largest donation by an alumnus to date. “Chad Moss has shown incredible vision and entrepreneurship in Miami and across the country,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. “This generous and history-making donation will help us educate a new generation of construction professionals who will have an impact on our community and beyond.” In recognition of his gift, announced at Saturday’s Torch Awards Gala, FIU’s College of Engineering & Computing will name the school as the Moss School of Construction, Infrastructure and Sustainability. With more than half of the world’s population living in urban environments, the school’s naming coincides with the academic reorganization of the school, reflecting a broader view of the industry and new approaches and methods for building sustainable urban infrastructure. “I believe in the power of giving,” said Moss, who graduated from FIU in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in construction management. “I hope this gift leads to generations of students who are curious, passionate about learning, and equipped to provide innovative solutions to the industry challenges of the future.” At the Torch Awards, FIU honored Moss, whose company is an industry leader across all areas of construction management, as Alumnus of the Year. “We are inspired by how Mr. Moss’ dedication and talent elevate our university’s mission of service. We know that FIU alumni will continue to follow in Chad’s footsteps,” said George Corton, FIU’s associate vice president of development. Through the gift, FIU and Moss will create three endowments: Earnings from the Moss Endowed Chair in Construction Management will be used to recruit a nationally [...]
John “Chip” Acierno III ’83, recognized as Chaplin School’s Distinguished Alumnus at Torch Awards Gala
John "Chip" Acierno III '83 John “Chip” Louis Acierno III is an owner of the Executive Transportation Group (ETG) and directly responsible for sales, marketing, and customer service. Under his direction and tenure, ETG has grown into the largest business-to-business ground transportation provider in the metro New York City market. ETG provides service and does business with a majority of the Fortune 500 companies that have significant footprints in the city. Mr. Acierno graduated from FIU in 1983 with a B.S. in Hospitality Management, and his experience at FIU served him well in building the company from 200 vehicles to more than 1,500. He is also an award-winning thoroughbred owner and breeder of race horses in New York. Gabrielle Farms Inc., named after his daughter, has won more than 200 races since its inception in 2000. He currently resides with his wife of 30 years, Maria, in Scarsdale and Saratoga Springs, NY.
Chaplin alumnus, Seth Bramson MS '92, was honored at the home of FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg on March 8, where he gave a speech about the history of discrimination in South Florida. Bramson is a generous donor to the FIU Libraries, as well as a noted South Florida historian and author. Other guests in attendance included faculty members from the history department, FIU Library staff and community members. Photo caption (left to right): Dean of the FIU Libraries, Anne Prestamo, Phil Spool, Seth Bramson, President Mark Rosenberg, and Loucee Spool.
Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and Quirch Foods, a wholesale food distributor with distribution centers in the continental U.S. and Puerto Rico, will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Quirch Foods Hub, a newly branded space within the school’s food production laboratories. Quirch Foods also will establish the Quirch Foods First-Generation Scholarship to support undergraduate students at the Chaplin School who demonstrate exceptional academic merit and passion for the food and beverage industry. The strategic partnership between FIU and Quirch Foods also will provide students with opportunities to work on innovative projects with Quirch Foods and participate in management-level internship and mentoring programs. WHEN: 12–2 p.m. on Monday, March 27, 2017 WHERE: FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 NE 151st St., North Miami, Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, First Floor WHO: Mark B. Rosenberg, president, FIU Frank Grande, president, Quirch Foods Mike Hampton, dean, Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management Carmen Sabater, CFO, Quirch Foods Ralph Perez, vice president of sales, Quirch Foods Managing partners and founders of Quirch Foods Guillermo Quirch, his three sons Guillermo, Ignacio and Mauricio, and his grandson Guillermo IV.
Chaplin Associate Professor, Dr. Nancy Scanlon, moderated a panel of tourism industry leaders at the 61st session of the United Nations Commision on the Status of Women on March 22. Tourism, as one of the largest industries in the world, offers economic opportunities for women and girls from indigenous groups in least developed countries, to hourly and daily work, to lifelong careers. Representatives of international hotel and cruise companies - including Faith Taylor, Senior Vice President of Global Social Resposibility at Wyndham Worldwide; Tara Russell, President and Founder of Fathom Travel; Matt Turner, Manager of Corporate Responsibility at IHG; Mellissa Gabillon, Regional Leader Women at Accor Generations for North America, Central America and Caribbean and Eddie Bergman, Co-Founder and President of MCW Global - shared their best practices and policies toward women’s rights to decent work and full and productive employment as a critical means of achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls throughout the world in this important panel discussion. Photo caption (from left to right): Eddie Bergman, Mellissa Gabillon, Tara Russell, Nancy Scanlon, Matt Turner, Faith Taylor
Dean’s Advisory Council members participate in CHRIE’s Southeast, Central and South American Annual Conference panel
Members of the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management Dean’s Advisory Council, Sergio Rivera, Wendy Kallergis, Jerry Montgomery and newly appointed Council Chair, Lani Kane-Hanan, participated in an Industry Panel Session at the Southeast, Central & South American Federation of the Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education's annual conference. The conference, which was held at the Chaplin School on March 9 and 10, brought together hospitality educators and industry experts to highlight research and innovation in hospitality education, and gave students and faculty from hospitality management programs across the region the opportunity to present their research and receive feedback from peers. For Kallergis, current President and CEO of the Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association, hospitality management education has increasingly become a focus. “I probably spend about 35 to 45 percent of my time getting involved with education now,” she said. “I think that the whole mission of this conference is so interesting - getting everyone together to just talk. It was a wonderful mix of both faculty and students.” Kane-Hanan was a member of the Dean’s council for several years before her recent appointment as Chair. In her current role as Executive Vice President of Resort Development, Revenue and Inventory Management and Product Innovation at Marriott Vacations Worldwide, she keeps a finger on the pulse of new technologies in the hotel industry. “Today, the curriculum [at Chaplin] is so rich in developing critical thinking and problem solving skills, as the school continues to enhance their STEM offerings.” said Kane-Hanan. “ I think our programs are impressive in this area, and getting better all the time. Innovation is born when awareness is matched with curiosity and the ability to view challenges as opportunities.” [...]