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News from the School of Hotel Administration May 2012

CREF International Real Estate Case Competition

 Lisa and Richard Baker '88 boost real estate program at Cornell with generous gift.
Gift to real estate program propels SHA into best fundraising year to date
Thanks to a recent gift from Lisa and Richard Baker '88, the School of Hotel Administration has surpassed its annual fundraising record with almost two months to go in the fiscal year. There is still time to be a part of this groundbreaking development year by making a gift before June 30. Read more.

Alumni elect Bill McAleer ’73, MBA ’75 to join Cornell Board of Trustees
Hotelie Bill McAleer ’73, MBA ’75 is one of two recently named alumni-elected trustees, selected by a record-breaking 27,685 alumni voters. McAleer is cofounder and managing director of Voyager Capital. His term as trustee will begin on July 1. Read more.

Indian food kiosk concept wins Cornell Hospitality Business Plan Competition
The DC Factory won the $15,000 first-place prize in the Cornell Hospitality Business Plan Competition, held annually by the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship. Created by Anukul Chandhok '12 and Vijay Sundar '12, the DC Factory is a collection of food kiosks based in New Delhi metro stations. Read more.
Student researchers named CHR Emerging Scholars
As part of its mission to encourage student research, the Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) offers an annual Emerging Scholar Award that includes a total of $3,500 in cash prizes. Three students were named as winners of this year's Emerging Scholar Award: Joshua Jeng ’12, Brandon Ho ’12, and Timothy Chen ’13. Read more.

Connect with classmates and friends at Cornell Reunion 2012, June 7-10
Whether you graduated five or fifty years ago, there is much to see and do during Reunion 2012. Join us for the SHA Dean’s Breakfast, take a guided tour and see recent changes to Statler Hall, and attend faculty presentations by Rohit Verma and Giuseppe Pezzotti. A special reception for MMH/MPS graduates is also being planned this year. Read more.

American Express Publishing named title sponsor of Icon & Innovator Awards
American Express Publishing will be the title sponsor of the fourth annual Cornell Hospitality Icon & Innovator Awards, June 5, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The awards gala will honor the Tisch family as the recipients of the Cornell Icon of the Industry Award and Kathleen Taylor of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts as recipient of the Cornell Hospitality Innovator Award. Read more.

Hotel Ezra Cornell shows off students' hospitality skills
Hotel Ezra Cornell (HEC) presents students with challenges all year as they plan every aspect of this hospitality industry conference, from flowers and floor plans to guest speakers. For Katie DeVantier '12, this year's HEC design director, the biggest headache came from a humble tool of the trade: the plate. Read the full Cornell Chronicle article.

CHR 2012 Industry Relevance Award winners announced
Studies of customer rewards programs and revenue management strategies are winners of the 2012 Industry Relevance Awards from the Center for Hospitality Research (CHR). The awards program acknowledges two winners and two runners-up who have published reports that hospitality practitioners consider to be useful for operations and strategy. Read more.

CHRIS/HOLA Conference - CHS Reception
Miami, FL

Washington DC-Reception for Bisnow Lodging Investment Summit (BLIS)
McLean, VA

Farm Burger - Family Friendly Event
Atlanta, GA

Breakfast Meeting at Rantapuisto
Helsinki, Finland

Inaugural GM Roundtable
Boston, MA

Behind the Scenes with Pizza Hut
Plano, TX


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