Pulse Innovation Miami highlights health and sustainability

By ASHLYN TOLEDO The American Pulse Association hosted the first Pulse Innovation Miami event at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management on Saturday, October 22, 2016, to raise awareness about pulses - the dried seeds of legume plants such as lentils, chickpeas and other dry beans. The event also celebrated the United Nations’ designation of 2016 as the International Year of Pulses. Pulses play an important role in human health. Because they are both rich in nutrients and very inexpensive to farm, environmental scientists and health experts alike believe pulses are a key part of our agricultural future. Brian Machovina studied ecology and food sustainability as a doctoral student with the Department of Biological Sciences at FIU. He was a guest speaker at the event and believes we should all be eating more plants. For years he has advocated a 90/10 diet, where just 10% of your food intake comes from animal products. “Increasing the consumption of pulses is a very important - and delicious - strategy for promoting environmental sustainability,” he said. “Pulses are a great source of protein that can help us reduce our intake of meat. By replacing some of our meat consumption with pulses, we can help reduce the amount of land required to produce food and the large amounts of soil erosion, water use, chemical biocide use, antibiotic use and biodiversity loss associated with livestock production.” Robyn Webb, a nutritionist and award-winning cookbook author who specializes in diabetes, was a panelist at the event. She recommends pulses to many of her clients.    “Pulses are perfect,” she said. “I personally eat pulses most days...they are the perfect food to control blood sugar, which in turn prevents diabetes complications.” As [...]

Chaplin hosts university-wide hackathon to develop the travel contact centers of the future

By ASHLYN TOLEDO The International Association of Reservation Executives recently partnered with Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and the Wellness and Recreation Center at Biscayne Bay Campus, to leverage the unique structure of a hackathon to get a better idea of what students at a university are really thinking. Students from all across the university teamed up for six hours at the FIU-IARE Hackathon on Saturday, September 24, 2016, to brainstorm new ways to help travel reservation centers attract and retain Millennials - a subject that is increasingly on the minds of top industry executives. Teams were judged on two criteria: how innovative their ideas were, and how feasible they were. “Innovation is the cornerstone for any organization competing in the 21st century, “ said Miguel Alonso, director of research and economic development at the Chaplin School. “That’s why it’s so important to give our students the opportunity to develop their innovation tool belt, so that when they graduate, they can be entrepreneurs and innovators in their own right. Events like this one give our students that opportunity.” Jill Hellman, who has worked as an innovator with audiences worldwide for the last 13 years and is currently serving as the Strategy and Innovation Advisor at Florida International University, was the driving force behind the hackathon. Throughout the day, she led the students through a unique process known as Outthinker, which Jill has used internationally with companies like Microsoft, Virgin Hotels and Estée Lauder. Throughout the process, participants are guided through stages of generating new and innovative ideas, and then working to make those ideas more attainable.   “What companies really want to know, is what students are thinking,” [...]

The National Society of Minorities in Hospitality is looking for leaders

The National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) is the premier professional organization for developing exceptional minority talent and leadership. Not a minority? Not a problem!  Being a part of NSMH at FIU connects you to endless opportunities. NSMH is a nationwide organization and the largest student-run professional hospitality organization out there. NSMH works with Fortune 500 hospitality companies to provide you with professional growth, as well as exclusive internships and jobs. On FIU's campus, NSMH has guest speakers from the industry, goes on Behind the Scene tours, and aims to offer each member the tools to success they will need when they graduate. As a member, you also get the opportunity to attend the NSMH Regional and National Conference. The location of the conferences changes every year, with this year’s national conference being in Jacksonville, FL. The NSMH conferences allow students to shake hands and network with students and employers from across the nation. No other hospitality organization offers students the chance to ask questions, have their resume critiqued, and many other one-on-one experiences with the nation’s top hospitality employers. NSMH is also a recognizable organization to be part of and to have on your resume. Please contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Kitterlin, if you are interested in membership and/or leadership opportunities.  You may also check out www.nsmh.org for more information.