Welcoming the next generation of hospitality leaders

August 16, 2016

Dear SHA Alumni,

We are excitedly preparing to welcome our new SHA students to campus this week. This year’s entering class includes 159 first-years and 77 transfers, who hail from 30 countries around the world. We are so proud to note that the vast majority of our newest Hotelies are joining us with resumes that, of course, include hospitality-related experience. They arrive with the best combination of intellect, emotional intelligence, and an already-developed service mindset.

While these students will be experiencing a lot of “firsts” in the coming weeks, they will also be introduced to some of SHA’s longest-standing traditions. Beginning August 26, our freshmen will become the latest in a long, long line of students to participate in the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series (DDLS). Founded by Dean Meek in 1928 as Lectures on Hotel Management, the DDLS continues to be an invaluable part of the SHA educational experience. In this 89th year, we are pleased to once again introduce our students to a high-level roster of prominent leaders across the hospitality industry.

We hope to see you back home at Statler Hall for SHA Homecoming events September 23–24. As always, the Hotel Ezra Cornell students are looking forward to serving you and dishing up a few surprises. The HEC students’ participation in Homecoming is excellent hands-on preparation for their main event in March. Please be sure to save the dates for the 92nd annual HEC, March 16-19, 2017. We can’t wait to welcome you back to campus and showcase the talents and passion of our amazing students.

The School of Hotel Administration thrives on your engagement, whether you share your expertise by guest lecturing, advising prospective students, mentoring current students, or supporting the many activities that further our mission both on and off campus. Thank you so much for working with us to educate our next generation of hospitality leaders. We look forward to continuing this partnership as together, we build the future of SHA.

Warm regards,

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Kate Walsh, MPS ’90
Interim Dean and E. M. Statler Professor
School of Hotel Administration

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