Alumni Stories

STHM alumna influencing tourism in her native Colombia

By Kylie Winkler on December 20, 2016

A passion for supporting her native Colombia, Belsy Munive is applying her Temple University education to help improve the South American country’s economy through tourism. Munive, a Fulbright Scholar, earned her Master of Tourism and Hospitality Management (MTHM) degree from Temple’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM). She serves as director of business […]

STHM alumnus experiences World Series in front-office role with Cleveland Indians

By Christopher Vito on November 28, 2016

In October, Jesse Rathner reached the pinnacle of the baseball world. A graduate of Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM), Rathner serves as the Executive Development Fellow within the Cleveland Indians’ Service Excellence department. The Indians won the American League championship to reach the World Series for the first time since […]

STHM alumnus reaches Marriott headquarters

By Kylie Winkler on October 31, 2016

From weather reports to industry trends, Sean Nealis knows that even the most-subtle changes can shift business in the hotel industry. Nealis, an alumnus of Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM), serves as the revenue manager for Marriott International. In two short years after relocating to Washington, D.C. for an internship, […]

David Mondress chosen as STHM’s Gallery of Success honoree

By Christopher Vito on October 5, 2016

David Mondress, M.Ed ‘92, is the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management’s 2016 honoree for Temple University’s Gallery of Success. The Gallery of Success showcases banner alumni from each of Temple’s 17 schools and colleges with a display in the lower level of Mitten Hall, located on Temple’s Main Campus. Mondress, who earned his […]

STHM alum excelling in event-management role at Binghamton Zoo

By Lora Strum on April 15, 2016

Toby Rice counts red pandas, river otters, and howler monkeys among his clients. A 2010 graduate of Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Rice is the marketing and special-events coordinator at the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park in Binghamton, N.Y. Binghamton Zoo is the fifth-oldest zoo in the country, and as a small […]

STHM alumna enjoying rewarding career in parks and recreation field

By Emily Ivy Scott on April 15, 2016

Katya Lysak always enjoyed planning an initiative and accomplishing its end result. A 2003 alumna of Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Lysak gets to achieve that almost daily, as the leisure services manager of the Department of Parks and Recreation Department in Miami Lakes, Fla. In her role, Lysak – who earned […]

Alumna breaking athletic boundaries as a transplant survivor

By Emily Ivy Scott on April 15, 2016

When Janet Dennis was growing up in North Philadelphia, she viewed Temple University as her playground. Now, as a Transplant Games athlete, Temple’s facilities are often her training ground. Dennis received a heart transplant in Summer 2005. Less than a year later, she won her first medal at the Transplant Games of America, held in […]

STHM alumnus lays groundwork in potential launch of Las Vegas hockey franchise

By Emily Ivy Scott on April 8, 2016

During his youth, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management alumnus Rick Olivieri moved between Washington D.C. and Italy, as his father was stationed overseas for government work. That’s why Olivieri’s eight-month relocation to Las Vegas wasn’t a big deal. Olivieri, who in 2004 earned a degree in Sport and Recreation Management from STHM, traveled to […]

At Hotel Monaco, customer satisfaction drives STHM alumna

By Lora Strum on February 15, 2016

In the hospitality industry, guest service is everything. For Carol Watson, assistant general manager for the Hotel Monaco in Center City, earning the satisfaction of her customers is non-negotiable. “We say, ‘If it can fit in the room, let’s do it,’” said Carol Watson, assistant general manager of The Hotel Monaco in Center City Philadelphia. […]

As NFL scout, STHM alumnus finds his calling

By Lora Strum on February 15, 2016

Todd Brunner has made a career out of watching football. As a college scout for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, Brunner’s eyes are forever searching the field for the next great player. Brunner, who received his Master of Education degree in Sport and Recreation Administration from the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM), grew up […]