Hospitality Innovations

Sheryl Kline, chairperson of the Department of Hospitality Business Management

A Message From The Chair

Happy New Year!

As we close out 2016, we were saddened to say goodbye to Professor Paul Wise.  Paul was a leader in hospitality education, a highly-decorated US Army officer, achieving the rank of full Colonel, and a mentor to many. He was a visionary and the founder of the Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management program at the University of Delaware. Through Paul’s efforts he moved this nascent program from a trailer in Newark, DE to a top hospitality management program in the country. He created “learning laboratories” with the Vita Nova Restaurant and the Courtyard Newark, where the students have the opportunity to learn by experience. He hired great people, inspired our students and created a curriculum that is both unique and outstanding. He always held himself and all around him to the highest standards. He was larger than life and I will miss his stories, and wisdom. His legacy will live on in the Hospitality Business Management Department and in our memories. (read about Paul’s life and accomplishments)

The year, 2016 was one of many changes and milestones. Last year we changed the name of the department from the Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management became the Department of Hospitality Business Management. We still have the undergraduate major, Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management and our new major Hospitality Industry Management that focuses on the analytical aspects of the industry. In 2016, we welcomed Sport Management to the family! We welcome three faculty — Dr. Matthew Robinson, Area Head for Sport Management, Dr. Tim DeSchriver and Dr. Brianna Newland — and the Sport Management students. Sport Management has many similarities to hospitality management, it is a business major with an emphasis on an industry focused on the business of sport.

“World Headquarters” received a much needed face lift!  We renovated Raub Hall. The building has a new sign reflecting the name change of the department and inside shines. New furniture and carpet grace the hallways of Raub Hall. Even the Raub Hall ghost approves of the new look!

This year we continue to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Vita Nova. Included in the celebration is a new Vita Nova cookbook with your favorite recipes including crème brulee and recipes from some of our alumni. Check Vita Nova’s website for information about special anniversary dinners and events.

2017 is upon us and we are excited for the New Year! Our students traveled on study abroad and to many conferences across the country, they participated in community service events and gained hospitality work experience through their internships. This winter session our students are studying abroad in London, Tuscany, South Africa, New Zealand and Antarctica to start off the year – learning and enjoying experiences around the world!

We have some faculty and staff updates.

  • Ron Cole retired after 26 years at UD.   He was with us in the early years of the program and we thank him for his many years of service and dedication to HRIM and our students.
  • Fred DeMicco will be retiring at the end of the summer 2017.
  • Debbie Ellingsworth announced that she will retire in 2018.
  • We welcome Dr. Jing “Joy” Ma to the faculty.  She comes to us with a background and experience in food and beverage.  She recently graduated from Purdue University with a Ph.D. in Hospitality and Tourism Management.
  • We also welcome Ally Sollena to the staff.
  • We wish Jackie Evans well as she starts a new job across campus.
  • Kim Wilson has new duties in the Lerner advising office and we welcome Cindy Walkusky who will advise the Sport Management students and the freshmen and sophomore hospitality management students.

This has truly been a year of much change and excitement.

The Spring semester is right around the corner and we are starting to plan the 30th anniversary celebration of the program for 2018.  This semester we are looking forward to celebrating the accomplishments of another graduating class in May.

Please stay in touch, let us know where you are, what you are doing and any special news in your world.  We hope you will visit campus by recruiting at the career fair on February 27, joining us for the alumni reunion weekend on Friday, June 2, 5 pm, here in Raub Hall, or guest speaking during the alumni back in the classroom series in the Fall  (TBD during homecoming week) – or dine at Vita Nova.  Wishing you the best in 2017!

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