Hospitality Professors Recognized for Outstanding Scholarly Achievements

Three members of the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management faculty were recently nominated as Top Scholars at FIU. Professors Miranda Kitterlin, Patrick Cassidy, and Aaron Welch were nominated in honor of their outstanding scholarly contributions to the academic community. Professor Kitterlin, who won Best Paper for her publication Festival Motivation and Loyalty Factor at the TMS Algarve 2013 Tourism & Management Studies International Conference, said, “It is a great honor to be recognized as an FIU Top Scholar, especially with so many other amazing researchers within our institution. However, the research endeavors for which I am being recognized would not have been possible without the support of the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management's administration team and my research partner and colleague, Dr. Michelle Yoo.” Assistant professor Miranda Kitterlin, Ph.D. was nominated for her award-winning publication, Festival Motivation and Loyalty Factor, which won the Best Paper Award at the TMS Algarve 2013 Tourism & Management Studies International Conference. Assistant professor Aaron Welch, Ph.D. received the nomination for Young Faculty with Significant Funding as a result of his research. His grant was awarded by the National Institute of Food & Agriculture. Professor Patrick Cassidy, Ph.D. was nominated for being honored by the Society of Wine Educators with The Grand Award, which recognizes wine luminaries. Along with other distinguished nominees, the hospitality professors will be recognized by President Mark B. Rosenberg at a reception on March 28.

On the Bay After Dark

What do you do when you're away from the books? When the sun goes down, Campus Recreation's underlit paddle boarding and kayaking excursions are the perfect way to take advantage of warm Miami temps and a unique activity on the Biscayne Bay campus while hanging out with friends. Daytime activity seekers can also kayak and paddle board. Activities are free for FIU students. Visit the Biscayne Bay Campus Recreation's Adventure X website for rate and contact information.

Hospitality Alumnus Takes British Airways to the Top

Under the leadership of managing director of Brands & Customer Experience, Frank van der Post '84, British Airways has been voted UK's 2014 Consumer Superbrand of the Year in a Bristish national survey. When asked about the honor, Mr. van der Post said, "We are thrilled to be named the Consumer Superbrand of the year. It is the greatest accolade that the hard work of our teams has been recognized by the public to receive this coveted award." Watch the Video

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