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Facing the Future

Hospitality Management Career Fair provides students with networking and job opportunities

Amid smiling faces and firm handshakes, students explored opportunities and gained industry knowledge through the annual Hospitality Management Career Fair. The Hospitality Management Career Fair attracted recruiters from various aspects of the industry and students in search for internships, part-time and full-time positions. The three-hour event took place in the Columns Ballroom at the Reynolds Alumni Center March 2. Along…

Millennial Mindset

MU Alum Ed Schwitzky, B.A. '75, M.S. '76, visits campus to expand not only student knowledge, but also his own

Ed Schwitzky, the vice president of eCommerce at TPG Hotels & Resorts, acted as Professor-for-a-Day on March 15-17, providing students with insider knowledge of the hotel industry. Schwitzky is a University of Missouri alum with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 1975 and a master’s in public and community service in December 1976. Since graduating from MU, Schwitzky has spent more than 30…

Spice of Life

Alison Casler, B.S. '98, flourishes from the variety in her workplace, coursework at Mizzou

In Alison Casler’s work environment at Drury Hotels, no two days are ever the same. “I love the variety and the pace —it’s intense and extremely rewarding. It’s that variety that makes it so fun. I would have a hard time at a job where I did the same routine work over and over. And that is not the case…

Cream of the Crop

Hospitality management hosts banquet for scholarship recipients and honor society inductees

For students, it is not easy to juggle a part-time job in the industry and meet top-notch academic standards. Missouri restaurant and hotel associations and the hospitality management department recognized students for their hard work. On April 26, the hospitality management program hosted an awards dinner to announce annual scholarships and induct new members into Eta Sigma Delta, an honor…

Investing in the Future

Alumnus finds many ways to help CAFNR students prosper during college and after

It may have been 54 years ago, but Dudley and Virgie Alexander still remember what it was like to be a newlywed couple with an infant son when Dudley was finishing up his master’s degree at the University of Missouri. They were able to get by through a scholarship given by the College of Agriculture (as it was known then).…

In a Hyatt World

Alum Doug Dean, BS '88, manages Hyatt Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago

Doug Dean is the general manager of the Hyatt Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. Dean graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in hospitality management in 1988. Since then, he has worked in the hotel industry for companies like Hyatt and Marriott International in cities all over the country. Dean also completed graduate courses in the MBA program…

Sunny Outlook

Quartet of CAFNR students use summer internships to accelerate their careers

CAFNR professors do everything to sharpen the understanding and skills of their students, but a student can only grow so much within the confines of the classroom. Over the summer, several CAFNR students seized the opportunity to branch out into professional organizations while also putting their academic knowledge and skills to the test. Abigail McNeill, Hormel Foods Senior Abigail McNeill…

A Busy Alum

Avi Rathnakumar has enjoyed his career in the hospitality and restaurant industry

Avi Rathnakumar is an MU alumni who has had an extensive career in the hospitality and restaurant industry. He made the decision to attend the University of Missouri, and graduated with his degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management in 2003. However, this was only the beginning of what would soon be an outstanding career.

Susan raises the ‘Barr’

An MU alumna is doing wonders for her industry

Susan Barr is the Senior Director of Revenue Management Systems Strategy for Marriott International’s Global Revenue Management. Coincidentally, she is also a proud MU alumna, and a graduate of the Hotel & Restaurant Management program. “The program at MU helped me to develop my business acumen and critical-thinking skills, which have proven invaluable in my career. Understanding the basics of…