Statler News

September 25, 2020

Guest Speakers (virtual)

Hospitality Facilities and Operations
September 25, 2020
Chuck McSweeny
General Manager
Settler Restaurant
HADM 3350 (Miller/Jan/Kingra) Restaurant Management

September 25, 2020
Rebecca Foxman ‘12
Fox & Son Fancy Corn Dog
HADM 3350 (Miller/Jan/Kingra) Restaurant Management

September 28, 2020
Lyndsey Lyman
Food Bank of the Southern Tier Leadership Team
HADM 4315 (Kolakowski) Nonprofit Social Enterprise and Food Justice

October 2, 2020
Andre Roberts
Food & Beverage Operations Manager
Amanara, Turks and Caicos Island
HADM 3350 (Miller/Jan/Kingra) Restaurant Management

Marketing, Information Systems, Strategy, and Tourism
September 28, 2020
Ashley Dimond ‘14
MBA Candidate
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
HADM 4410 (Kim) Strategic Management
HADM 7144 (Kim) Competitive Strategies for the Hospitality Industry

SHA Meetings & Events

Hotel Ezra Cornell (HEC) is a student-run business conference for hospitality industry leaders and members of the Cornell community across the globe. As one of the oldest organizations at Cornell, HEC is a unique and special experience that allows students to gain leadership and development skills while working in teams that their interests align with. Additionally, HEC is a wonderful way to learn about and gain exposure to many facets of the hospitality industry. For further information about teams, application specifics, and general questions, please check out

Baker Program in Real Estate

Cornell Real Estate Webinar Series:
“Hotel Industry in U.S., U.K. and Asia: Time to Invest?”

  • September 29 at 8 a.m. Speakers will be Rohan Gopaldas, SHA ’02, Asset Manager with Prospect Hotel Advisors in Singapore and Warren Fields, SHA ’85, President and CEO of Pyramid Group. Registration is requiredQuestions can be directed to

Fall 2020 Real Estate Seminar Series (CRP 5370). We look forward to welcoming:

   The complete list can be found at 2020 Fall Speaker Series

   These sessions will be on Zoom as part of our online course CRP 5370. If you are interested in attending a session, permission must be obtained by reaching out to 24 hours in advance.

Centers & Institutes – Opportunities

C&I Internship Program
Sponsored by the Centers & Institutes in the School of Hotel Administration, this program provides students opportunities to gain practical experience in innovation, entrepreneurship, healthcare, food & beverage management, research, real estate finance, labor and employment relations, and other hospitality focus areas.

If you are a current student looking for internship or externship opportunities, please visit the C&I Internship Program to get involved! ***Remote opportunities may also be available***

Center for Hospitality Research


    • Reopening European Hotels: The Recovery and Investment Landscape
      Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 10am EDT
      Featured Faculty: Linda Canina
      In this webinar, we will focus on Europe and hear from three prominent leaders in the European lodging industry. Among the topics we will discuss are reopening strategies, which customer segments will come back first and why, what the recovery may look like, potential hotel investment opportunities, valuations and underwriting in the context of various components of the European lodging market structure, and country-specific government policies. Register here.
    • The Health Trust Factor: Embracing Healthcare Principles in Hospitality
      Monday, October 5, 2020
      Speakers include Joshua Newman, SVP of Healthcare, Salesforce; Scott Taber, SVP, Rooms, Four Seasons; and Rachel Dabrowa, Wyndham Hotel Group.

   Registration coming soon.

Missed a previous webinar? Access the recordings!

  • Recovery by the Numbers: What to Expect in the Lodging Industry
    Featured Faculty:
    In this session, five lodging industry veterans shared their experiences thus far and took a closer look at the road ahead, offering insights into the recoveries already underway in some sectors as well as strategies for how other sectors can successfully weather this unprecedented storm. Watch here.
  • Innovating for a Post-Pandemic Future: Challenges and Opportunities in the Hospitality Industry
    Featured Faculty: Kate Walsh
    In this panel, we bring together three tech industry leaders to discuss next-generation technology solutions and innovations for the hospitality industry of tomorrow. Watch here.


CHR Virtual Sustainability Roundtable
Friday, October 16th
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
10:15 – 11:00 a.m. Session 1: COVID-19 and the New Frontier of Sustainability
11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Bio Break
11:15 – 12:00 p.m. Session 2: Consumer Preferences and Incentives
12:00 – 12:15 p.m. Bio Break
12:15 –  1:00 p.m.   Session 3: Research and Hot Topic Round Robin
1:00 –  1:10 p.m.    Closing Remarks

Students are invited to observe the roundtable. Click here to register. List of speakers is forthcoming. Stay tuned!

Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor & Employment Relations

Check CIHLER’s Event Calendar for these upcoming webinars. More information and links coming soon!

Session 1- Robots Really CAN Provide Service: A discussion of the capabilities and limitations
Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 12:00pm-1:00pm, EDT
Speakers Include: Tony Melanson, vice president of Aethon; Linda Pouliet, founder of Dishcraft; Steve Rimmer, deals principal at PwC. Moderated by SHA professor David Sherwyn. Registration available soon.

Session 2- Employee Oriented Tech: Even More Relevant in the New Normal
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 1:00pm – 2:00pm, EDT
Speakers Include: Nigel Beck, creator & founder of WhenLabs; Andrada Parasciv, head of hospitality at Beekeeper; Kyle Miller, principal at Deloitte; Shawndra Jones, litigator & employment law counselor at Epstein Becker Green. Moderated by SHA professor David Sherwyn. Registration available soon

15th Annual HR in Hospitality Conference
April 26, 2021 – April 28, 2021
Co-chaired by Dave Sherwyn, ILR ’86, JD ’89 & J. Bruce Tracey
HR in Hospitality 2021 is presented by the Cornell University’s Hotel and ILR Schools. For more than a decade, human resources professionals in the hospitality industry have relied on HR in Hospitality to equip them with powerful guidance tailored to their unique challenges.

Choose from a collection of carefully crafted offerings, including plenaries, smaller breakout sessions, roundtables, and workshops. Whether you are an HR or employment law practitioner, there is something here for everyone. The conference is routinely approved for SHRM, HRCI and CLE Recertification credits.

At the HR in Hospitality Expo attendees gain access to a select group of HR product and service providers with deep expertise in the hospitality industry. Our exhibitors are looking forward to having in-depth conversations.

Center for Real Estate and Finance

Cornell International Real Estate Case Competition (CIRECC)
November 6, 2020
This event, developed by Cornell School of Hotel Administration professor Daniel Quan, attracts a global array of students and tasks the teams with analyzing an actual commercial real estate transaction, rendering a recommendation, and providing a presentation of their analysis and proposal. The competition itself is the culmination of an intensive five-day analysis preparation by the students and a full day of presentations.

The teams are judged on their investment recommendations, approach to the problems, and presentation skills. Judges in the competition are real estate executives representing top companies in the industry.

More information will be posted soon.

Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship

Experiential Networking Program
Application Deadline – September 28
Apply now!
The Pillsbury Institute is excited to announce this new opportunity for Hotel School students! The Experiential Networking program has been created for students to help them expand their life and networking skills to add value and grow their knowledge, interpersonal/people skills, and experience to succeed in business and life. Students will be placed into small cohorts with an industry mentor and will cover four key modules:

  • Art of Networking
  • Personal Branding
  • Activating Your Plan
  • Expanding Networks/Ecosystems

Each module will initially be taught by an expert followed by students meeting with their mentors and discussing how they can put these skills into use. This program will allow the students to learn the skills, discuss the skills, and practice the skills through a variety of engaging real-world assignments.

Applications for SHA students are now open. Apply today!

Hospitality Business Plan Competition
Information Session – October 7, 4:30 PM
The Cornell Hospitality Business Plan Competition is an annual entrepreneurship focused event. At the start of the academic year, students form teams and develop pitches for their business concepts. The competition culminates in early spring during the Hotel Ezra Cornell (HEC), when student teams submit their final business plans. Semi-final teams are then chosen, and they present to a judging panel made up of hospitality industry leaders. The top three concepts are chosen as prize winners.

Join us for an info session on October 7th from 4:30pm-5:30pm ET. Register here!

Registering for this event will allow us to help facilitate networking between students who are looking to join or create a team. In addition, we will be reviewing the rules and guidelines for participation. If you have any interest at all in participating in the BPC, this is the event to attend!

Entrepreneurs in Residence
Coming soon!
Every academic year successful entrepreneurs are invited to mentor students through the Entrepreneur in Residence program. This program enables students to learn through ongoing personal interaction with successful entrepreneurs who will help them with business development, networking, and career planning. Schedules will be posted soon!

Interested in taking advantage of this amazing opportunity? Take just a minute of your time to create an account with Startup Tree, which will allow you to schedule and manage appointments all year long!

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

Have questions about how you can become involved in Pillsbury Institute programs and events? Email PIHE program manager, Michelle Ciaschi,

Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures

Thriving in Isolation: Health and Human Connection
Friday, October 23, 20202, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Featuring K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability
Registration available soon.

Office of Student Services

Important Dates:

  • September 23rd: Last day to drop first 7-week courses. However, some courses have an earlier drop deadline, please check their syllabi.
  • October 14th: No Classes
  • October 20th: First 7-week courses end
  • October 21st: Second 7-week courses start
  • October 28th: Last day to drop classes. Students cannot drop 1000 or 2000 level core courses. Some courses may have an earlier drop deadline, please refer to the dates in the syllabi for your courses.

Full academic calendar:

Computer troubles? The Hotel School can offer short-term loaner laptops for a few days while yours is being repaired/replaced. Please reach out to Dina Kristof ( with your written request. Note: limited availability; loan duration is few days – we cannot lend for the entire semester. Need a new computer? Contact the University Financial Aid Office. They may be able to assist you in obtaining loan funding up to $1500 for one device to include warranty and necessary software.

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Just Real Talk Drop in Hour. Anyone, any conversation, and any question is welcome. Zoom in and join the conversation every Wednesday 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • September 29th: LGBTQ Welcome Reception, 5:00-6:00 p.m. (ET), Zoom — Register. Join the LGBT Resource Center and other LGBTQ+ focused and serving campus partners for the annual welcome back reception.
  • September 30th: SCJ Men of Color Roundtable Virtual Conversation hosted by SHA Diversity and Inclusion office. All faculty, staff and students of color are welcomed, 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • October 6th : A virtual, interactive event for LGBTQ students and Allies, 7:00-8:00 p.m. LGBTQ+ employees around the world have always confronted special challenges in the workplace, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made these obstacles more apparent. This virtual event sponsored by Accenture will offer an opportunity for Cornell students, LGBTQ+ individuals and Allies alike, to come together with Accenture practitioners for a safe, open, and informal dialogue. Register here! 

Current Scholarship Opportunities

  1. ADMEI Scholarship | Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship –November 1st Deadline
    The Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) awards two scholarships annually. The Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students who are preparing for a career in Destination Management. Up to two (2) scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $2500 USD each.

What is a DMC?
A Destination Management Company (DMC) is a professional services company located in its destination and specializes in local expertise and resources. The DMC is a strategic partner to provide creative local experiences in event management, tours/activities, transportation, entertainment, and program logistics. Please send your students to the 2021 Scholarship Application page to apply.

Applicants must include:

    • A resume
    • A letter of recommendation from either a professor or a professional in the meetings industry.
      (The letter, in English, should verify their commitment and ability to complete the educational program, experience in the event management industry, whether volunteer or paid, and aptitude to deal with the demands of the Destination Management profession.)
    • An essay, in English, of at least 250 words that explains:
      • their interest in the Destination Management / Event Management Industry;
      • their knowledge or experience in the Destination Management / Event Management field;
      • how receiving this scholarship would help them achieve their goals;
      • and, their thoughts and experiences with a recent event they have attended.

Scholarship applications will be reviewed by a committee of Destination Management professionals during the month of November. The scholarships will be announced in December and again at the 2021 ADMEI Annual Conference which will be held virtually in February 2021.  Scholarship recipients need not be present to accept their award, however, if they choose to participate in annual conference, they will receive complimentary registration courtesy of ADMEI.

If you have any questions regarding the Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship, please feel free to contact the ADMEI office at +1-512-551-0407 or

2.    $2500 Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance Scholarship Opportunity – November 15th Deadline


    • Resident of the 14 County Finger Lakes Tourism Region (Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Livingston, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates counties)
    • Studying Tourism and Hospitality and a 2nd year student
    • Work history, preferably in the Hospitality or Tourism Industry
    • Endorsement letter from an employer detailing your dates of employment and highlighting your performance as well as the type of work performed
    • At least two additional letters of reference or recommendation from a current professor.
    • A 400-word or less statement which includes:
      • the applicant’s area of tourism and academic interest,
      • outline of financial need,
      • outline of how the scholarship will advance the applicant’s career and benefit the hospitality and tourism industry in the Finger Lakes region


    • All Scholarship Applications must be received no later than November 15, 2020
    • Incomplete applications will not be considered for scholarships
    • If you have any questions, please call 315-536-7488
    • Scholarships are awarded directly to the student

 Complete all information on the attached application to be eligible and return to

3.    NEWH Scholarships Hospitality Students- September 30th Deadline
NEWH New York Chapter is awarding up to $50,000 in scholarships to students pursuing a major and career objective within the Hospitality Industry (interior design, hospitality management, culinary, architecture, etc.). Scholarship submission deadline date: September 30th, 2020

Scholarship criteria:

    • Actively enrolled student: 2-year program freshman and above, 4-year sophomore/second
    • year and above, or graduate level attending college in: New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island
    • or Northern New Jersey
    • 0 GPA (cumulative) overall “B” average or grade percentage of 83% – 86% equivalent
    • Financial need through college for past/current/upcoming tuition or program approved
    • books/supplies
    • Major and career objective within a hospitality related field (interior design, hospitality
    • management, culinary, etc.)

New York
DEADLINE – September 30, 2020
(click on chapter name above to apply)
Click here for more details
Click here for a Scholarship flyer
Click here for a PDF Application

4.    The Bracken Bower Prize 2020 – September 30th Deadline
The Financial Times and McKinsey & Company, organizers of the Business Book of the Year Award, want to encourage young authors to tackle emerging business themes. They hope to unearth new talent and encourage writers to research ideas that could fill future business books. A prize of £15,000 will be given for the best book proposal.

The Bracken Power Prize is named after Brendan Bracken, Chairman of the FT from 1945 to 1958 and Marvin Bower, Managing Director of McKinsey from 1950 to 1967, who were instrumental in laying the foundation for the present-day success of the two institutions. The prize aims to encourage young writers and researchers to identify and analyze the business trends of the future.

The annual prize will be awarded to the best proposal. In the spirit of the Business Book of the Year, the proposed book should aim to provide a compelling and enjoyable insight into future trends in business, economics, finance or management. The judges will favor authors who write with knowledge, creativity, originality and style and whose proposed books promise to break new ground, or examine pressing business challenges in original ways.

Only writers who are under 35 on 30 November, 2020, will be eligible. They can be a published author, but the proposal itself must be original and must not have been previously submitted to a publisher.

For more details, entry guidelines and to submit your proposal please visit: 


Starting October 1st, ESTABLISHMENT will reopen for to go and curbside pickup at Statler Hall. To order, download the GET app and find ESTABLISHMENT. ESTB to go will be offering dinner Monday through Thursday from 4:30-6:30 and Friday brunch/lunch from 11-1. Everything is to go and you don’t even need to leave your car. The pickup location is at the circle off Statler Drive.