Mei and Rakesh Sarna establish the “Last Mile” Scholarship for Seniors at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management Mei and Rakesh Sarna have announced their generous gift to create a new scholarship available for seniors at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. The Mei and Rakesh Sarna Scholarship Endowment will be used to advance the College’s mission by ensuring that each academic year three seniors, who have demonstrated financial need and are just a few credits away from graduation, will receive financial support needed to help them towards graduation. "We feel education is the best gift you can give anyone," said Rakesh Sarna, a global hospitality leader with almost 40 years within the hospitality industry. Sarna has 35 years of experience working with Hyatt Hotels Corporation as Chief Operating Officer – International and Group President of Americas. He has also served as the Managing Director and CEO of Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), among many other notable titles within the industry. Sarna's daughter, Priya is a graduate of the Hospitality Management Program at the Chaplin School. "We are grateful to have the support of Mei and Rakesh Sarna" said Dr. Michael Cheng, interim dean of the Chaplin School. "Their gift is directly impacting students by enabling them to achieve their academic goals and graduate on time." Students can learn more about the scholarship and its requirements by visiting https://rakeshsarnascholarships.com. To learn how you can help students succeed at the Chaplin School at FIU, visit https://hospitality.fiu.edu/giving/.
Chaplin School offers new online master’s degree in mega-event planning, execution The Miami International Boat Show. Art Basel. The Olympic Games. Coachella. The sheer scale, production and, in most cases, extravagance of these mega events can create engineering and logistical nightmares. As such, the nationally ranked Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management launched a new, fully online master’s degree in hospitality management with a specialization in mega-event planning—the first of its kind in the world. Find out more!
CEO Interview: Wayne E. Chaplin, CEO, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits What current events, trends or issues do you feel our industry is facing right now? What do you consider to be the driving forces of change for the hospitality industry in the near future? What changes do you expect our industry to see in the next five years? What competencies do you feel are necessary for an individual to succeed in the hospitality industry? What are your expectations for hospitality students? What message would you like to give to hospitality educators? Is there anything else you would like to share? Find out what Wayne E. Chaplin's thought's are on the questions above! *Published in International Hospitality Review