The fifth cohort of the Carnival Gold Scholars received full-ride scholarship awards

It was an evening reception at FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management in celebration of some of FIU hospitality management’s most accomplished freshmen, but also appreciation to the Carnival Foundation. For the fifth consecutive February, five hospitality students took on the honor of being called Carnival Gold Scholars as they received full-ride scholarship awards from the Carnival Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Carnival Corporation & plc., to pursue their bachelor’s degree in hospitality management. Vicky Chapas, Alejandro Garcia, Leeanne Grunow, Rodrigo Sanz and Ariane Uy earned the scholarships, including room and board, for their excellence inside and outside the classroom. The Carnival Gold Scholars are chosen based on their incredible scholastic achievements, their commitment to community, proven leadership qualities, communication skills, and financial need. “Providing scholarships for students is not just an investment in the students’ future, it’s an investment in our future,” said Arnold W. Donald, Carnival CEO. This scholarship provides FIU hospitality students, many of whom work full time, with opportunities and access they would otherwise not have. It gives them the ability to take advantage of study abroad opportunities, participate in global competitions and attend industry conferences among many others. “It can only be described as an alignment of stars when an incredible company like Carnival and an institution like FIU find such affinity. Words cannot express how excited we are about our growing relationship. We are looking forward to our faculty and students working with the Carnival team to solve the challenges that face our industry as we embrace the future. Together, we will redefine hospitality education and the industry,” said Dean Michael Cheng. Watch video of last year's Carnival Gold Scholars.

Undergraduate hospitality management student presented at one of the nation’s largest graduate research conferences

Bradford Capuozzo, an undergraduate student at FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, presented research guided by Dr. Howook Chang at one of the nation’s largest graduate research conferences. Research presented: An exploratory investigation of particular matter pollution in restaurants In his own words| Bradford Capuozzo As an undergraduate student attending the 24th Annual Graduate Education and Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism was eye-opening experience. By seeing the drive for deeper understanding of intricate areas of the hospitality industry, my own drive was ignited. Having first-hand experiences with individuals who are doing research, asking and answering questions, in relevant parts of hospitality has made me realize how much there is still left out there to uncover. Having the opportunity to network with these individuals was a bonus in addition to all the information and ideas I had already learned. While graduate education seemed something far out in my future, attending and presenting at the conference has sparked my interest in pursuing a graduate degree in the more immediate future.

Renowned lecture series resumes with visit from industry icon

FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management resumes renowned lecture series with visit from industry icon By Lazaro Gonzalez Hospitality industry giant, Michael A. Leven, spoke to FIU hospitality students, followed by an engaging Q&A session. His visit to the school on January 30, 2019 marks the revival of the school’s Michael E. Hurst Distinguished Hospitality Leaders Lecture Series. Co-founder of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, the largest hotel owners association in the world, Leven today serves as CEO of the Georgia Aquarium after a very successful career as a hotel executive and entrepreneur. He began his career in 1963 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Through the years, he climbed to the highest executive levels and ran the franchising businesses of companies like Days Inn and Holiday Inn. He has reinvigorated multiple hotel properties, including the Las Vegas Sands, and he also founded and sold a successful hotel franchising business. As he recounted his professional journey of more than five decades, Leven encouraged students to focus on developing diverse skills and knowledge about different areas of the industry and to be willing to take risks. “Brains are not a substitute for hard work. You have to believe that the work ethic you put in is going to amount to something,” he said. “You should not fear failure because making a mistake is not failure. Making a mistake can be a learning experience. If you never do things because you fear making a mistake, you’ll never do anything.” Dave Bordes, a junior hospitality management student, was part of a selected group of students who shared an intimate lunch with Leven. “It’s a tremendous opportunity being able to meet and speak [...]