HEC behind the scenes: MMH Team

March 19, 2015

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By Jenna Greco ’18 and Claire Hourticq ’17

This week’s blog post highlights the Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH) program offered by the School of Hotel Administration (SHA), and explains how graduate students are involved with Hotel Ezra Cornell (HEC).

"This past year in the MMH program and in Ithaca has been life-changing for me." - Julie Surago, MMH '15Julie Surago, MMH ’15 and Jerome Noel, MMH ’15 lead the MMH committee this year, and have been involved in HEC since August. Julie shares with us her excitement about participating in the weekend-long conference: “I feel so privileged to be here at Cornell. This past year in the MMH program and here in Ithaca has truly been life-changing for me. I am so grateful for the opportunity to share a piece of the MMH experience with this year’s HEC guests.”

Each year, the MMH committee is responsible for organizing a lunch. This year, the committee has been working very closely with the HEC board to put the Saturday lunch event together. The lunch will revolve around an international theme, as the graduate students want to highlight the diversity of their program. This year’s MMH class is especially diverse, with 47 students representing 16 countries! To reflect that, the lunch will focus on sharing dishes from different cultures with the HEC guests. Guests will be able to enjoy cuisine from countries such as India, Lebanon, Colombia, and Georgia. “We are a tight-knit group that loves to cook, and we are passionate about sharing our culinary passion with others,” Julie adds.

Julie Surago, MMH ’15

Julie Surago, MMH ’15

HEC is a unique opportunity for the graduate students to share their extensive life experiences with the industry leaders and other SHA students. Julie discusses the way her whirlwind experience at Cornell has allowed her to create incredible, lifelong bonds: “We came to this master’s program as strangers from all parts of the hospitality industry, but we are leaving as future industry leaders and as friends for life.”

Not just undergrads, but also grad students, are involved in HEC.This year, they would like to communicate across their experience at the MMH program, and how it has shaped them and prepared them to enter the industry as leaders. Julie, for instance, would like to demonstrate how proud of her classmates she is and how her whirlwind experience at Cornell has allowed her to create incredible and lasting bonds with them: “We came to this master’s program as strangers from all parts of the hospitality industry, but we are leaving as future industry leaders and as friends for life.”

The partnership between the HEC board and the MMH committee greatly enhances the conference, as the graduate students are great mentors to undergraduates. They contribute with innovative ideas and unique perspectives. The HEC board, the MMH students, and all the other students involved look forward to taking part in the rich history of HEC for its 90th anniversary.

Jerome Noel, MMH ’15

Jerome Noel, MMH ’15