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December 15, 2014

Real estate students share career insights at IHS

Members of the Cornell Real Estate Club (CREC) are used to getting off campus. Each year they visit real estate firms in New York City and Philadelphia, where they network with industry executives, tour properties, and experience the industry firsthand.

For their most recent trip off East Hill, club members stayed a little closer to home. CREC co-presidents David Weinstein ’15 and David Fitzpatrick ’16 traveled to Ithaca High School to introduce students to the commercial real estate industry and the many different career paths available in the field.

“We had been looking for a way to get more involved in the Ithaca community, and we wanted to give the high school students the chance to talk to current Cornellians like us—in addition to guidance counselors and admissions staff,” explained David W. “I would have loved it if a student from a college I wanted to attend had come to my high school.”

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September 4, 2014

New course teaches students to keep up with technology

On the first day of class, students in HADM 4180: Technology for Bootstrapped Entrepreneurship write down every technology system they use at least weekly. Blackboard. Microsoft Office. Email. Google Docs. CULibrary. Text messages. YouTube. Facebook. LinkedIn. Twitter. Snapchat. The list gets long quickly.

The point? “I challenge them to think about what being a ‘techie’ means. Today all students are ‘techies.’ It isn’t about whether they can create code. They leverage technology every day to be successful in their educational journey at Cornell,” said course instructor Mona Anita K. Olsen ’04, visiting assistant professor and assistant academic director of the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship.

Technology is everywhere—from major hotel corporations to start-up ventures—and the systems are constantly changing. Technology is also driving innovation through new platforms, like AirBnB, that are shaking up the industry. Since most students in HADM 4180 plan to launch their own companies, they need to have a clear understanding of this ever-evolving world.

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April 30, 2014

International competition means hands-on learning and industry connections

Over the course of six days in early March, three SHA students met hospitality students from all over Europe, connected with the tight-knit global network of SHA alumni, and toured one of the most popular cities in the world. Oh, yeah—and they presented an in-depth real estate case analysis in front of some of the heaviest hitters in hospitality investment.

It’s the kind of opportunity that any budding real-estate professional would relish.

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February 21, 2014

Statler Hotel recognized for outstanding sustainability program

If you’ve stayed in a hotel, you’ve seen them—the signs of sustainability. Often they literally are signs—placards asking you to help save water by reusing towels and foregoing daily linen changes. Perhaps there is a recycling bin in your room.

But hotels are big places with lots of moving parts, and green initiatives in the guest rooms are just one piece. Hotels’ sustainability efforts must extend to many different areas of operations to have a real positive impact. Over the last few years, the Statler Hotel has made environmentally-friendly changes within its housekeeping, facilities, and food-and-beverage departments, and the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association recently recognized the Statler’s robust sustainability program with the 2014 Good Earthkeeping Award.

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