SHL Wins International Awards

The College’s School of Hospitality Leadership and faculty recently walked away with six awards during the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) Awards Gala Dinner. Drs. Alleah Crawford, Cynthia Deale, Robert O’Halloran and Mel Weber were all recognized. The School received the highest number of awards of any program in ICHRIE, which provides programs and services that continually improve the quality of global education, research, service and business operations in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Dr. Cynthia Deale, a professor in the school, was recognized for placing 3rd in the ICHRIE Case Competition. This work featured support from a graduate student.  Dr. Mel Weber was recognized as the Outstanding Reviewer for the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education, and Dr. Robert O’Halloran was also recognized as the Outstanding Reviewer for the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Cases.

Dr. Mel Weber

Dr. Alleah Crawford

The School of Hospitality Leadership’s chapter of Eta Sigma Delta, the International Hospitality Honor Society, received the top award as outstanding chapter for their efforts in community service. This is the third year the SHL chapter has been recognized for their efforts. Drs. Cynthia Deale and Alleah Crawford are the faculty advisors for this group.

Dr. Cynthia Deale & Dr. Robert O’Halloran

Dr. Cynthia Deale and Dr. Robert O’Halloran received the “Founders Award” from ICHRIE sponsor, STR Global Share Center for their efforts to promote global hospitality education. Deale and O’Halloran were instrumental in initiating the Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA) program in hospitality programs around the world.

Finally, Dr. Robert O’Halloran received the “Impact Award” from STR Global Share Center. The award noted the continued success of the School’s hospitality students in earning the CHIA designation. The CHIA certification in integrated in a senior level hospitality course.

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