White Lodging School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
The White Lodging School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) at Purdue University Northwest prepares students for a management career in the fast-paced hospitality industry. Part of the College of Business, the school builds its curriculum based on the needs of today’s employers. The faculty, administration, and students of HTM continue a long history of partnering with organizations in northwest Indiana and beyond to enhance educational opportunities and that benefit the community.
Investing in Students
With support from White Lodging Services, the fastest-growing hospitality development and management company in the United States, PNW established a five-year dual bachelor’s/master’s degree program in HTM and Business Administration. Two of the first graduates of the program are currently working in the White Lodging corporate office in Merrillville, Ind.
Keeping it Experiential!
HTM students benefit from hands-on learning experiences throughout their academic careers. Some of the most exciting opportunities during the past year included study abroad with the Educational Study-Cruise to Cozumel and Progresso in May 2017 and the Bangkok International Program in July. The cultural immersion component of these courses allowed students a global view from professionals in the fastest-growing segment of the travel industry.
HTM offers an advanced hotel operations course from time to time that provides students with the opportunity to be part of the opening for a new hotel. Professor Michael Flannery, director of HTM, and a group of HTM students spent three days lending their assistance to Superhost Enterprise in the opening of its newest hotel: Hyatt Place in Rosemont, Ill.
Connecting with Alumni
The most important piece of what HTM does is maintaining contact with students and alumni. Faculty and staff members keep up with what the HTM “family” is up to in their lives and careers. During 2016-2017 HTM boasted promotions and new jobs for a large number of alumni including:
- Nine managers (including four general managers), eight directors, six chefs, two coordinators, two published authors, three corporate administrators, five university personnel (four educators and one administrator) and 14 graduate students (12 at PNW).
Getting PNW Noticed
During the past year, HTM partnered with the PNW Office of Undergraduate Admissions to welcome the Instituto Del Progreso Latino of Chicago. Annually, the Instituto provides educational services and programs to more than 10,000 Latino immigrants and their families who are underserved by traditional education systems. More than 45 junior and senior students and their teachers toured the campus and the HTM facility.
Associate Professor Judy Hack chaired the committee that successfully added Sports Management as a degree program. The program was approved and will begin fall 2017.
Visiting Professor Wendy Kasche led a panel discussion for the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International in Chicago on “The Future of Parity; A Revenue Management Challenge.”
Chynisse Browder, academic advisor, was invited to serve on the Ivy Tech Community College’s Hospitality Advisory Committee. The advisory committee includes representatives from business and industry, community leaders, and Ivy Tech administration to assist the college’s hospitality program in advocating the importance of career awareness, preparation, and planning.
Associate Professor Geralyn Farley, HTM coordinator, conducted “field trip” tours of private club facilities in northwest Indiana and Chicago as part of her Clubs Management course. Union League Club, Fitness Formula South Loop, The Autobahn Club and Olympia Fields Country Club hosted more than 30 students of multiple majors.
Tim O’Donnell, clinical chef instructor, is working with the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana to help design a new kitchen facility for culinary and family cooking education. The food bank distributes more than 4.3 million meals annually to children, adults, and seniors.