Senior Sendoffs!

It was a bitter-sweet evening as the seniors of the graduating class of 2012 were sent on their way in their one last step before graduation. The night started out with the students of the Hospitality Prowess class taste testing and critiquing the work of next year’s seniors planning for their Themed Dinners occurring in the 2012-2013 school year. Afterwards, awards were distributed to the previous management teams who executed their Themed Dinners this past Fall 2011 semester and Spring 2012 semester. Here is the list of award recipients for their superb performances:

FALL 2011

Time Challenge – Camp

Twist and Turn – Fashion

Innovation in use of space – Camp

Outstanding Kitchen – Hotel

Outstanding Reception – Hotel

Outstanding Entertainment – Fashion

Outstanding Food – Fashion

Caring Managers – Camp

Outstanding Management Team – Hotel

Outstanding Manager Fall – Forrest Graham & Emi Haverkamp


Innovation in use of space – An Evening with the Gods

Outstanding Kitchen – Carnivale

O Ring -– New York Past and Present

Outstanding Reception – Carnivale

Outstanding Entertainment – Chinese New Years

Outstanding Food – An Evening with the Gods

Caring Managers – Chinese New Years

O Ring -– New York Past and Present

Dynamic Décor – Chinese New Years

Outstanding Management Team – New York Past and Present

Outstanding Managers  – Ben Wohl and Chris Shockey

It is also our pleasure to recognize the award of Outstanding Senior which went to Emi Haverkamp!

Below are students of the HM212 Hospitality Prowess class sampling the menu items for the Themed Dinners scheduled for next year!

2012 Hospitality Student Conference

Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) recently held their annual Hospitality Student Conference. Here is a message from the student chapter’s former president, Ari Williams:

PCMA is proud to announce that our 2012 Hospitality Student Conference was a great success! Ten guest speakers from within the hospitality industry volunteered their time to travel here to JMU and teach the 48 student attendees about a variety of relevant hospitality topics such as coordinating private events, how to become a certified meeting professional, private events within the club industry, and many more! The students who attended were ultimately able to network with professionals, obtain knowledge from the different sessions, and develop professionally overall. A huge thanks to everyone who made this event a success. We hope to see you next year!

2012 IAAPA Ambassador Program

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) is looking for outstanding students studying event management, journalism, marketing, hospitality/tourism, engineering, or a related field to be interns at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012 in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 12-16.

The IAAPA Ambassador Program gives students an insider’s experience of the premier amusement parks and attractions association conference and trade show, featuring more than 1,100 exhibits and 25,000 attendees. It creates unparalleled opportunities to meet and assist professionals ranging from small business owners to operational managers to top executives from Fortune 500 companies. In exchange for valuable learning and networking opportunities, participants must provide energy, initiative, and a strong customer-focused attitude to improve guest service for all IAAPA Attractions Expo attendees. This exciting opportunity will feature a structured learning program, scheduled work hours (approximately 10+ hours per day), and a ticket to one of the largest trade shows in the world.

By its nature, an intern program balances the work needs of the employer and the educational needs of the students. The IAAPA Ambassador Program satisfies these requirements by providing specific, scheduled learning opportunities throughout the week.

The elements of the program are as follows:

  1. Event Management – Work with the association’s expo management team and on-site vendors to oversee a range of special events at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012.
  2. Education Program – Support IAAPA’s education staff while conducting the on-site logistics for seminars, workshops, and off-site tours. In addition, each ambassador will attend a specific list of seminars.
  3. Trade Show Support – Work with the expo management team, floor managers, and vendors in support of trade show logistics, particularly while the trade show floor is open from Nov. 13-16.
  4. Behind-the-Scenes Learning – See how IAAPA’s trade show vendors put together a Top 40 event (as rated by Trade Show News Network’s listing of the top 250 trade shows in the United States), how the Orange County Convention Center manages more than 2,000,000 gross square feet of exhibit space, and how the IAAPA staff comes together to produce the largest event in the amusement parks and attractions industry.  
  5. Social Program – Experience unique opportunities to network with peers in the industry, make contact with facility operators, and interact with one of the premier trade show management teams in the industry.

Applicants must be mature, responsible self-starters with exceptional customer service skills. Good communication skills, flexibility, enthusiasm, a strong work ethic, and a willingness to perform a variety of tasks are required. Multilingual skills or previous convention experience is a plus. Guest services experience in amusement/theme parks, waterparks, museums, family entertainment centers, hotels/resorts, zoos, aquariums, or related attractions is preferred but not required.

Successful applicants must be on site in Orlando by Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. The training, orientation session, and convention center tour will begin the morning of Saturday, Nov. 10, including distribution of individual work assignments and schedules. Ambassadors’ duties conclude on the evening of Friday, Nov. 16.

IAAPA provides:

  • An unforgettable experience (See photos and testimonials here)
  • World-class training by Human Resources professionals
  • Limited housing assistance
  • Daily breakfast and lunch
  • Networking opportunities

Successful applicants will offer:

  • Enthusiasm and initiative
  • Hard work and dedication throughout this event
  • Professional appearance and “can do” attitude
  • Great customer service
  • Transportation to and from the Expo site (Orlando, Florida)

Applicants must complete the online program application by clicking hereSpring application deadline is Wednesday, May 14, 2012. Fall application deadline is Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. For additional questions about the program, please e-mail Linda Gerson and Stacey Mills at Once applicants have been accepted and notified, pre-event training will begin in late September via e-mail, Facebook, or other electronic media.

Senior Send-off


This year’s Senior Send-off will be on Monday, April 16th. Meet at 6:30 PM in Kitchen Stadium for tasting selections from the Fall 2012 theme dinners and evaluating presentations. The senior awards and acknowledgments will take place in Godwin 354 at approximately 7:15. See you there!