Service Opportunity: Harrisonburg Startup Weekend

Hospitality Experts Needed for
Harrisonburg Startup Weekend!
April 5-7, 2013
Showker Hall, James Madison University 

Put your hospitality skills to work and participate in an exciting NEW event for Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley!

Startup Weekend will bring entrepreneurs, innovators, designers, and technical coders together for 56 hours of business planning and development. The event is being organized by a task force of university, city, county, and regional organizations.  We need your assistance to make it all happen!

It will be a busy weekend for participants and organizers. We are seeking Volunteer Hosts to be on hand to assist in a variety of ways.  You’ll greet guests, help with registration, assist organizers and the facilitator, direct teams to meeting rooms, run errands, and generally be our on-site hosts!

3 Volunteer Hosts are needed in each shift.  Sign up now for 1, 2, or more that fits your schedule!  Meals are included in shifts.  We’ll be in touch to give you full instructions and confirm your participation.

Put your hospitality skills to work and show our guests why JMU Students are the Best!

To sign up, send an email to by March 31.

Friday, April 5:   3:00-6:30pm    Event Set-up & Registration/ Dinner
Tasks:  set up tables, chairs and registration table, sponsor banners, etc.  Assist with Registration Table, name badges, etc.  Greet guests; direct to venues and to dinner.

Friday, April 5:  6:00-9:00pm   Entrepreneurial Pitches and Teams Form
Tasks:  Help Facilitator during Entrepreneurial Pitches, run timers, create posters, count votes, etc.  Make sure things are in order for the next day.

Saturday, April 6:
Tasks for Saturday:  General assistance wherever needed helping teams and organizers.
8:00am – 11:00
11:00 – 3:00pm
3:00pm – 6:00pm
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Sunday, April 7:
Tasks for Sunday:  General assistance wherever needed helping teams and organizers.  8:00am – 11:00
11:00 – 3:00pm
3:00pm – 6:00pm
6:00pm – 9:00pm   Assist coaches, presenters and judges during final pitches.

Dukes Take-On Vegas!

Laura Wong, an HTM Senior, had an incredible experience visiting Las Vegas with Tassie Pippert and 4 other HTM students over Spring Break. Please take a look at what wonderful opportunities Las Vegas offered for these traveling Seniors!382361_10200746241564975_103170017_n[18] 529786_10200746244405046_249596536_n[17] IMG_0752[17]

As a senior in the hospitality and tourism management program it’s great to finally be able to be given the opportunity to take a variety of different hospitality electives where we can apply what we have learned in our introductory classes.  The HTM451 course is an entertainment management course where we have learned about the different aspects of the gaming industry; specifically rules and etiquette when gaming at casinos.  It was so much fun to take what we learned in the class room out to the casinos of Las Vegas.  As one of the top destinations for hospitality, Las Vegas did not disappoint.  Whether one is interested in hotel management, food and beverage, clubs, or events management, Las Vegas has it all.  As a group we were lucky enough to be given a tour of one of the newest Las Vegas hotel properties: The Cosmopolitan.  On the tour, we learned about the various VIP services that were offered through the hotel for their high end clientele and high rollers.  We even got to see one of the penthouse rooms and a three story bungalow!  We also had the opportunity to learn how The Cosmopolitan is differentiating itself from some of the other well-known hotels and casinos through their Identity Membership Card.  Because The Cosmopolitan is a newer property in Las Vegas, and does not have an infamous name, it is able to bring in new guests through its stellar guest services and high quality food establishments.  My personal favorite was Holstein’s Burger and Shakes.  There I tasted the Rising Sun Burger that was marinated with teriyaki sauce, spicy mayo, and a tempura avocado.  If that doesn’t sound delicious enough, they also have a variety of milkshakes ranging from the classic cookies and cream to a cereal flavored shake!  Although there was so much to do, my favorite part of the trip would probably be walking around all the different hotel properties.  I almost felt star struck by the establishments because they are all so high profile and talked about.  It was so interesting to finally see each hotel in person and how not only the different themes of each hotel differed but also how they utilized entertainment to draw in guests. -Laura Wong, 2013


Attention all Hospitality and Sports & Rec Majors! 

PCMA, CMAA, NSMH, and SLAM will be hosting the SHSRM Semi-Formal this Friday, March 22 from 8-10pm in the 865 East Game Room (basement). Please make sure you “Join” our event on Facebook for more information. We look forward to seeing you all there!