February 3, 2015

Hotelie Tag Challenge: What it is, and why it matters

By Cathy Aronin ’15

This spring, the School of Hotel Administration is launching a new fundraising initiative called the Hotelie Tag Challenge. The challenge gives students, alumni, faculty, and staff the opportunity to give—and to reflect on why they give—to SHA.

Have you ever wondered how the school maintains its impeccable stature and status? It’s due in large part to both the efforts and successes of the entire SHA family! This year’s Hotelie seniors have embraced the challenge and made it a vehicle to promote the Senior Class Campaign, which is an annual, university-wide, joint venture between the Office of Alumni Affairs and student volunteers.

As the Class of 2015 approaches graduation with many already having secured amazing jobs and opportunities, they are paying it forward, and challenging others to do so over social media.

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October 15, 2014

SHA earns AACSB business-unit accreditation

We are delighted to announce that AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) has granted inaugural, unit-level accreditation to the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell. We are the only stand-alone hospitality school in the world—one not attached to or accredited under another school or college—to earn this designation.

While our Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH) program has been included previously as part of AACSB’s accreditation of Cornell University, the movement from university- to academic-unit-level accreditation marks the first time that our preeminent Bachelor of Science program was included in the accreditation. The unit-level accreditation is based on the school’s level of independence in the areas of branding, external market perception, financial relationship with Cornell, and autonomy as an academic unit.

Our decision to include our undergraduate and MMH degree programs in an application for business-unit accreditation came at the strong recommendation of the AACSB reviewers following their last visit to Cornell. “This opportunity came to us as a result of our previous AACSB accreditations,” explained our dean, Michael Johnson. “It’s a testament to how much we’ve evolved, how far we’ve come. The reviewers came here to look at our MMH program, but they couldn’t help but notice the high quality of our 900 undergraduates, 60 faculty members, and overall curriculum and educational experience.”

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August 27, 2014

Celebration of life and hope at the Relay for Life Survivor Dinner

“Today would have been my brother’s birthday, August 1. I have chills…”

…explained Agnes Tagliavento, an academic program assistant, who has for many years helped lead the school’s participation in our local Relay for Life Survivor Dinner.

Thanks to Agnes’s advocacy, the School of Hotel Administration and the Statler Hotel sponsor this annual event for cancer survivors and their caretakers in the Tompkins County area. Graduate students as well as staff from the school and the hotel volunteer every year to celebrate the lives of all survivors and remember those who have passed.

Agnes knows a lot about life with cancer. She is a cancer survivor herself, and so is her brother Nick. Their sister Domenica was recently diagnosed with the disease. Their brother Joe succumbed to cancer a few years ago. During his illness and before being diagnosed herself, Agnes became a volunteer and then a team captain for Relay for Life. She now co-chairs the Survivor Dinner with Nicole Boosembark-Baker ’02, representing the School of Hotel Administration.

Nicole, the Statler Hotel’s revenue manager, has volunteered for Relay for Life since 2005. Like Agnes, Nicole shares a personal connection to the event, as cancer took her father’s life, and her mother is now a survivor. Nicole’s energy and enthusiasm for this labor of love are evident to anyone who talks to her about it. She works diligently to manage all the pre-event logistics and to coordinate the participation of all the graduate students who volunteer at the event.

Outreach and public engagement are two of the guiding principles that have shaped Cornell University since its inception. Inspired by the words of the school’s first major benefactor, E. M. Statler, Hotelies live by the credo that “life is service.” Like Hotelies everywhere, our school welcomes the opportunity to serve our community through events including the Relay for Life Survivor Dinner.

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June 9, 2014

Class of 2014 pays it forward

Hotelies are known for their heart. Everything they do—both professionally and personally—is infused with a spirit of hospitality, service, and giving. The Hotelie Class of 2014 put its generosity on display this year as 63 percent of graduating SHA students made a gift to the Senior Class Campaign. Out of all the Cornell schools and colleges, SHA had the highest percentage of participation.

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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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