Statler News

September 14, 2018

Finance, Accounting and Real Estate
September 20

Mathew Jalazo
VP, Development
Urgo Hotels & Resorts
HA3210 (Corgel) Principles of Hospitality Real Estate

Hospitality Facilities and Operations
September 17

Kristen Barnett
Supply Chain Management
Dig Inn
HA3010 (Slaugh) Service Operations Management
HA4070 (Slaugh) Hospitality Operations and Consulting

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV)
September 29 – October 6, 2018
ILR Conference Center/Statler Hall

September 29th kicks off the 2018 Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV). This will be the seventh year that the Hotel School had the honor of hosting the weeklong program, which was founded at Syracuse University in 2007 and has since grown in national scope as Cornell and other institutions joined the EBV Consortium. Under the direction of Professor Neil Tarallo, EBV-Cornell draws veterans interested in starting businesses within the food and beverage and other hospitality-related industries.

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their service to our country. The EBV is designed to open the door to business ownership for our veterans by 1) developing the individual’s skills in the many steps and activities associated with launching and growing a small business, and by 2) helping to leverage programs and services for veterans and people with disabilities in a way that furthers their entrepreneurial dreams. This year’s program runs from September 29th through October 6th.

For sponsorship and more information, contact Neil Tarallo at or 607-255-1217.

Volunteers Needed!
6th Annual Stephen S.J. Hall Ethics Case Competition
Saturday, October 13, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Statler Hall

Volunteers are needed for the 6th Annual Stephen S.J. Hall Ethics Case Competition hosted by the School of Hotel Administration. The competition will test student teams ability to analyze a complex, current and controversial case concerning business ethics while competing for $4,000 in prizes.  For more information on volunteering opportunities, please contact Nicole McQuiddy-Davis at; 607-255-2486.  

Apply Now to Participate
6th Annual Stephen S.J. Hall Ethics Case Competition
Saturday, October 13, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Statler Hall

Sign up now to compete for $4,000 in cash prizes! The 6th Annual Stephen S.J. Hall Ethics Case Competition hosted by the School of Hotel Administration, will test student teams’ ability to analyze a complex, current and controversial case concerning business ethics.  To obtain a team application (2-4 members), more information, or for volunteering opportunities, please contact Nicole McQuiddy-Davis at The number of student teams will be limited and, therefore, accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please complete and submit your application to Nicole McQuiddy-Davis,, by the deadline of September 28, 2018.

Industry Engagement Center Open House
Thursday, September 20, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

1st Floor Auditorium Atrium, 174 Statler Hall

The Industry Engagement Center at the SC Johnson College of Business and School of Hotel Administration will be hosting an open house in the 1st floor Statler Auditorium Atrium and 174 Statler Hall on Thursday, September 20 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. All of the Centers and Institutes will have informational tables so you can learn more about what they offer. No registration necessary, stop in at your convenience. Refreshments will be available from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. We hope to see you there!

For more information, contact Cristina Carter at

Summer 2018 Baker Program in Real Estate 3 Student Internship Spotlights:

Over the summer Nitesh Rao '20 worked at StepStone Group in New York City as a summer associate.  His work encompassed assessing real estate private equity funds and advising some of the largest institutional clients. During his summer internship, he assessed over seven large and mid-cap funds and assisted in co-investment acquisitions. He credits the Baker Program in Real Estate in developing the necessary skills for the role.

Dustin Dunham '19 was a summer associate at Mercer Street Partners.  Mercer Street Partners is a quickly growing value-add private equity firm started by three seasoned investors.  Founded in the second quarter of 2016, MSP has built a sizable portfolio of multi-family, office and industrial assets. Dustin’s role was split between the acquisitions and asset management functions of the firm. Essentially, he supported the partners by underwriting deals, gathering market research and breaking down offering memoranda on the acquisition side, and then worked to actually turn these properties around on the asset management side of the business by hiring new management, incentivizing them and coming up with creative capex ideas to make the property somewhere he would love to live, all while cutting costs alone the way.

Dustin is grateful to Mercer Street Partners for an amazing summer in NYC.  Learning directly under the partners at a quickly growing real estate private equity firm gave him exposure to aspects of real estate investment.

Vishal Mehan is a 2nd year graduate student at the Baker Program in Real Estate. Vishal spent his summer as an intern at Basis Investment Group, a boutique commercial real estate investment manager in New York City. His role primarily focused on debt and structured equity strategies across various asset classes, geographies within the US and positions in the capital stack.  Vishal graduates in May 2019 and plans to pursue a career in Real Estate Finance and Investments in the United States.

2018 Distinguished Speaker Series, CRP 5370. We look forward to welcoming:

For more information, contact Kathy Terry at or 607-255-7110.

Argus Training
October 27-28, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day

398 Statler Hall
ARGUS Fall 2018

Registration closes October 16
The Baker Program in Real Estate and the Minor in Real Estate offer ARGUS Enterprise training every semester for a nominal fee. The training is open to all Cornell University students and is designed for new-to-intermediate users over a two day hands-on-training schedule.

For more information, contact Kathy Terry at or 607-255-7110.

Mark your calendars for the 36th Annual Cornell Real Estate Conference, October 18-19.

The Conference will be held on October 19 at the Alexandria Center in New York City. This year’s theme, “Focus on the Future: Where do we go from here” addresses the booming real estate market in recent years. What opportunities exist at this point in the cycle and what’s next? What role do advances in technology and shifting demographics play in the upcoming future of real estate? Join us as we engage in fascinating one-on-one interviews, exciting keynote speakers, and insightful panel discussions with some of the industries most highly regarded visionaries.

A New Course offered at the NYC Tech campus
BPRE 6270- Smart Cities: Connecting People, Property and Place

Learn about the latest smart cities initiatives, explore ways that cities are utilizing technology to improve systems of transit, water, waste and transportation, as well as engage with citizens and stakeholders.

Fri., September 21: 1:30- 4:30 p.m.  
Sat., September 22: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Fri., October 12: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.  
Sat., October 13: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Fri., November 30: 1:30- 4:30 p.m.
Sat., December 1: 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Kathy Terry at or 607-255-7110.

Miami Regional Roundtable
October 5, 2018
Miami, FL

The Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER)with support from our Institute member Akerman LLP will be presenting this roundtable. Regional roundtables allow for the expansion of the reach of the institute, encouraging timely and relevant labor relation discussions to reach not only our board members but also the local regional professionals from our member companies.   Any students, faculty or staff who will be in the Miami area during Fall Break are welcome to observe this event, to register please contact

Topics of Discussion for the Roundtable

  • Session 1: Mandatory Arbitration and Class Action Waivers:  Should all hospitality companies implement an arbitration program?
  • Session 2: Anatomy of a Settlement: High level discussion of the process of settling a case including consideration of worst case scenario, publicity, precedent, principal (!), ethics, and of course cost.  
  • For Session 3, we welcome any ideas in advance of the Roundtable, if there is a topic of particular interest that you would like to have included please let us know.  Proposed topics being considered include:
  1. Use of Technology in the food industry - trends and issues OR
  2. Tipping - practical advice about tipped employees

On October 15th, Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER) will be presenting three roundtables with support from the ILR School and Cornell’s Law School. During the morning we will be hosting three concurrent Roundtables: 17th Annual Labor & Employment Law Roundtable, 4th Annual Human Resource Focused Roundtable, and Employee Advocate Roundtable. Afternoon sessions following a networking lunch will combine participants from all three events in one forum.  More details on session topics and student registration will be coming soon!

17th Annual Labor & Employment Law Roundtable
October 15, 2018
Statler Ballroom

Chair: David Sherwyn, ILR '86, JD '89, John & Melissa Ceriale Professor of Hospitality Human Resources, Academic Director of CIHLER and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration

4th Annual Human Resource Focused Roundtable
October 15, 2018

Statler 5th Floor Silver Birch Suite

Chair: Bruce Tracey, Professor of Management, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration

Employee Advocate Roundtable
October 15, 2018

ILR Conference Center

The inaugural Employee Advocate Roundtable, presented by CIHLER, will bring together participants who advocate for employees working at the world’s top hospitality firms.

To learn more about these events or other institute events you can contact Erica Heim,

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Real Estate Career Fair
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Statler Hotel Carrier Grand Ballroom

During the School of Hotel Administration's Real Estate Career Fair, representatives come to campus to meet with students, provide information about their companies, and answer questions about potential summer and permanent positions. The school is home to the Undergraduate Minor in Real Estate which is the largest undergraduate minor in the university.

This event is co-sponsored by Career Management in the Office of Student Services  and provides a variety of opportunities for students to interact with industry leaders in the real estate field and creates new knowledge through research activities. Some representatives will conduct interviews during their visit, others may collect resumes at the event, and others will attend to connect with students and provide a networking opportunity to learn more about this industry segment.

Real Estate Career Fair 2018 will be held on Tuesday, September 25, in the Statler Hotel Carrier Grand Ballroom.

Whether your goal is to gather information and develop your networking skills, or to actively pursue a summer or permanent job, we encourage you to attend our Real Estate Career Fair! This event is open only to currently enrolled Cornell University students. A valid Cornell ID is required for admittance.

To view the list of registered organizations, please log in to your account in the online recruiting platform, Handshake.

Cornell CUHK Regional Real Estate Competition, Asia
October 7-8, 2018
Hong Kong

The Center for Real Estate and Finance at Cornell University and the Center for Hospitality and Real Estate Research at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) are proud to present the inaugural Cornell CUHK Regional Real Estate Competition, Asia on October 7-8, 2018 in Hong Kong.  The competition will represent undergraduate student teams from leading universities throughout Asia. Student teams will be presented with a real estate case study and have five days to prepare their analysis, recommendations, and presentation of the case. The case will be based on an actual Asian real estate transaction. Moreover, judges will be Asia based and the presentation will be conducted in English. Three winners will be selected to receive an automatic invitation to the Cornell International Real Estate Case Competition (CIRECC) in New York City on November 12-13, 2018. Monetary awards will be issued to the winning teams for their trip to New York City to participate in the CIRECC. The competition is sponsored by K. Wah International Holdings Limited.

For more information on the competition, contact Cristina Carter at

Photo Contest: Healing through Photography
Submissions due September 26

CIHF invites all Cornell undergraduate and graduate students to participate in its third annual photography contest. Photographs may invoke a sense of healing through nature, provide a vision of the integration of hospitality, health, and design, or capture healthy built environments and people. Images will be judged by CIHF leadership and the top three finalists will receive monetary awards and have their work incorporated into the gallery of artwork in the CIHF suite.

CIHF Fall 2018 Roundtable: Dining and Service Innovations across the Health Care Continuum
October 10, 2018

This roundtable is aimed at the topic of innovations and successes around ‘hospitality services’ applied in various parts of the health care system. Among the focus for discussion will be dining and a variety of support services that enhance the experience and potentially the outcomes of care. Visit the CIHF website for more information:

CIHF Welcomes Academic Scholar Dr. Marival Seggara-Oña and Visiting Scholar Dr. Angel Peiro-Signes

Dr. Marival Segarra-Oña, is a Professor of Innovation and Competitiveness in the Business School at the University of Valencia, Spain. She holds a PhD in Management and BS degrees in industrial and mechanical engineering.

Dr. Angel Peiro-Signes is an Associate Professor of Operations Management and New product Development in the Management Department at the University of Valencia, Spain. He holds a PhD in business and BS degrees in industrial and mechanical engineering.
Their research interests include sustainability and eco-innovation applied to industrial and service sectors and the link with the social innovation area. Their research has been published in top-rated journals including Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, Journal of Cleaner Production, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, Science and Engineering Ethics and Business Strategy and the Environment, among others.
Professors Segarra-Oña and Peiró-Signes were visiting scholars at the Center for Hospitality Research, Cornell University in 2011-2012; at the Bath Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Improvement, Bath University, UK; and at the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures during 2016.

QUIS 16: The 16th International Research Symposium on Advancing Service Research and Practice

The symposium, hosted by CTF, Service Research Center, Karlstad University, Sweden in conjunction with the Center for Services Leadership, Arizona State University and Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures, brings together the best interdisciplinary academic research and management practices in a forum to advance the study of service as a field. CIHF Governing Board Co-chair Rohit Verma will co-chair the symposium. Quis 16 Symposium Link

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Hospitality Pitch Deck Competition
Registration Deadline – September 19

The Pillsbury Institute is pleased to announce the Hospitality Pitch Deck Competition (PDC), which will take place during the fall 2018 semester. The PDC is an experiential learning opportunity for student entrepreneurs who are contemplating, starting, or operating an early stage hospitality-based venture, and who are looking to improve their pitching skills, with the potential to earn seed funding for their venture. Students register for the competition in early fall and submit their pitch decks in October for review by a team of industry judges. Three to five finalists will be selected to present in November to a panel of industry judges. The cash prizes are: winning team, $3,000, second place team, $1,500, and third place, $500. Students interested in winning seed funding for their pitch idea need to register via Reviewr by Wednesday, September 19. Questions? Email Faculty Chair, Andrew Quagliata

Entrepreneurs in Residence Office Hours
Every academic year, the Pillsbury Institute invites successful entrepreneurs to the Ithaca campus through the Entrepreneurs in Residence program. The program enables students to learn through ongoing personal interaction with successful entrepreneurs. The Entrepreneurs in Residence meet one-on-one with students to help them with business development, networking, and career planning.

Sign up now or schedule your appointment with StartUpTree. Interested in taking advantage of this amazing opportunity? Take just a minute of your time to create an account that will allow you to schedule and manage appointments.

More information about this program and our entrepreneurs can be found here.

Upcoming Entrepreneurs:

Thursday, September 27 – Marisa Sergi '15, Founder & CEO, Red Head Wine

Business Consultations with Professor Klausner
Senior Lecturer Adam Klausner will be offering assistance to entrepreneurship students on Wednesday, September 26 at 4:30 p.m. in Statler Hall. Adam is a corporate and business lawyer who also teaches courses on entrepreneurship, internet law and real estate law. He will be available to meet with students to provide guidance on their entrepreneurship business matters.
Students interested in meeting with Professor Klausner can schedule appointments through the StartUpTree platform. Questions? Please contact Program Assistant, Leslee Kane.

Hotel Leadership Development Program (HLDP) Promotion

The Statler Hotel Front Office is proud to announce the promotion of Tyler Esbin '18 of New City, New York, to the position of Student Front Office Manager.
Tyler joined the Statler Hotel's bell stand in August 2016 and has since trained in all positions within the front office.  After acceptance into the Hotel Leadership Development Program, he completed his cross-training in housekeeping and the kitchen. Tyler has previously served as the Van Training Coordinator and Student Concierge for the General Mangers Program.   He is an active HLDP participant, reservations advisor for HEC, and member of the Asset Management team led by Tim Dick.  

This summer, Tyler worked with the Four Seasons Resort & Residences in Vail, Colorado, as an Operations Intern, based out of the concierge team.  Tyler was responsible for curating experiences and developing relationships to create unique guest experiences.  In addition, he worked with the both the Operations Learning Manager and the Front Office Manager to “service map” the guest experience and to develop collateral for distribution to guests.

Tyler is currently pursuing a job involving operations after his mid-year graduation. We are excited to have him on the Front Office management team as he completes his final semester at Cornell!

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Statler Express

Serviced out of Mac’s Café in the School of Hotel Administration, offers a variety of meal and snacks (bagels, sandwiches, pizza, salads, cookies, coffee and more) for your next Group Meeting or Club Get Together.

Go to to order:

  • Make your selections
  • Enter the date and time for pick up
  • Enter your payment

It is easy and quick! We will have your order ready when you arrive along with plates, napkins, cups and plastic cutlery. You will have everything you need to make your Group or Club event a success! Questions - call 254-2511.