Alumni Stories

Temple University PhD graduate wins international research award

By Christopher Vito on July 24, 2017

Jason Stienmetz has had an interest in digital visitor experiences, and using big data to quantify user tourism behavior, for more than a decade. Recently, that interest led to an international research award. Stienmetz is a graduate of Temple University’s PhD program in Business Administration with a concentration in Tourism and Sport. His work earned […]

STHM alumnae enjoy front-row seat to NCAA national championship

By Christopher Vito on April 25, 2017

For Cynthia Jordan and Ari Moore, winning a national championship has always been the goal. It’s just that neither figured they would require 17 years to accomplish it. The Temple University alumnae celebrated an NCAA women’s basketball championship in early April, as staff members of head coach Dawn Staley’s team at the University of South […]

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.

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.

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.

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

By Christopher Vito on January 28, 2017

In October, Jesse Rathner reached the pinnacle of the baseball world.

STHM alumna influencing tourism in her native Colombia

By Kylie Winkler on January 2, 2017

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.

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 […]

NBA Development League franchise promotes STHM alumnus to team president

By Christopher Vito on February 15, 2016

Larry Meli can add another title to his lengthy and distinguished career in basketball. An alumnus of Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Meli recently was promoted to President of the Delaware 87ers, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers. Meli, who has nearly 20 years of NBA front office experience, […]

At Hyatt Hotels, STHM alumnus finds room for growth

By Emily Ivy Scott on February 4, 2016

Prior to graduation from Temple University, Brian Erdman had always thought he would work in the food and beverage industry. Erdman, who studied at the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM), instead found his calling in the hospitality industry. The 2006 alumnus works within the Hyatt Hotels Corporation, as its Manager of Global Property […]

Alumna utilizes STHM education in ownership and management of Philadelphia boutique

By Emily Ivy Scott on January 26, 2016

The eventual career goal, Alina Alter said, was to be self-employed. But to do so by the age of 24? Not even Alter could have predicted that outcome. In 2012, two years after graduating from Temple University’s the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM), Alter opened Aoki Boutique. The Center City Philadelphia-based women’s shop […]

STHM alumnus Jeff Wilson makes leap from his alma mater to ESPN

By Emily Ivy Scott on January 21, 2016

Sometimes, a student’s work is so impactful that it’s worth saving for more than a decade. That’s why Jeffrey Montague, Associate Vice Dean of Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, has never parted with Jeff Wilson’s senior research project, in which Wilson analyzed statistical trends between college and NBA success to examine any […]

ESPN analyst, former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski visits STHM

By STHM Public Relations on December 11, 2015

As seats in Mitten Hall’s Great Court filled with students from the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM), Ron Jaworski shared a memory from a day when he was their age. “I was a 21-year-old when I was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams,” said Jaworski, the former NFL quarterback, “and I remember being […]

STHM alumnus embodies customer service at Atlanta’s airport

By Lora Strum on October 13, 2015

For Steve Mayers, successful management of the world’s busiest airport comes down to customer service. The director of customer relations at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Mayers views the airport’s nearly 100 million passengers as his guests, and seeks to unite airlines, airport vendors, and local businesses to create the ultimate traveler experience. A graduate of […]

STHM Alumnus Joe Starecky

By STHM Public Relations on October 12, 2015

Company Name:  Enterprise Holdings Position/Title:  Home City Rate Manager Year Graduated:  May 2010 Degree Received:  B.S. in Sport and Recreation Management; Minor:  Business Management Responsibilities:  As a Rate Manager I work with multiple key contacts to develop and implement pricing for the Northeast region.  I handle all three of Enterprise Holdings car rental brands: Enterprise […]

STHM alumnae establish business partnership in athletic consulting

By Emily Ivy Scott on October 1, 2015

Kim Ciarrocca and Rebecca Joseph went from coaches and players with Temple University’s lacrosse team in the late 1980s to business partners more than 20 years later. The two, who hold graduate degrees from Temple’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM), started KR Sports Consulting. KR is a high-school sports recruitment consulting company, through […]

STHM Alumnus Dan Childers

By STHM Public Relations on September 9, 2015

Title: Event Planning Manager Year of graduation: 2012 Program: Bachelor of Science – Tourism and Hospitality Management Responsibilities: As Event Planning Manager I handle our Corporate Convention market in planning the logistics of upcoming conventions and meetings. In this role I serve as the client’s main hotel point of contact from contract signing all the way […]

STHM Alumnus Joel Frater named executive dean for Monroe Community College's Damon City Campus

By STHM Public Relations on June 30, 2015

Read the full story here: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2015/06/26/joel-frater-monroe-community-college-damon-campus/29352767/

STHM Alumna Catherine Beaudette

By STHM Public Relations on June 22, 2015

Company: United States Military Academy Title: Compliance Coordinator, Army West Point Athletics Year of graduation: 2013 Program: B.S. in Sport & Recreation Management Responsibilities: This position is responsible for assisting with the development and implementation of a comprehensive NCAA Division I-FBS athletics compliance program. The primary responsibility of this position is to ascertain and manage all […]

Denisha Robinson recipient of 2015 Beech Community Scholarship

By STHM Public Relations on June 22, 2015

Denisha Robinson, a junior, majoring in Sport and Recreation Management, has received the 2015 Beech Community Scholarship. Applicants must meet the criteria that includes the following: an required essay, having a grade point average of 2.75 or higher, declaring a major in either Arts, Business, Engineering, Education, or Liberal Arts and are active in extra-curricular […]

STHM Alumna Kate Isbel

By STHM Public Relations on June 11, 2015

Company: Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Title: Marketing and Communications Coordinator Year of graduation: 2012 Program: B.S. in Tourism and Hospitality Management Destination & Event Management, Certificate of Specialization in the Geography of Tourism Responsibilities: The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) is the official tourism promotion agency for the City of Philadelphia globally, and the primary sales and […]

Alumnus tapped as sportstalk TV show co-host

By Angelise Stuhl on May 18, 2015

Rob Ellis has gone from one set of airwaves to another. Ellis recently debuted as a co-host on The Comcast Network’s Breakfast on Broad, a sports-themed, weekday-morning talk show. Ellis, who earned his undergraduate degree in the Sport and Recreation Management program now housed at the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, had been a […]

STHM Alumna Tiffany Newmuis named for 2016 Democratic convention

By STHM Public Relations on May 4, 2015

Philadelphia’s host committee for the 2016 Democratic National Convention has tapped a local executive with expertise in conducting outreach to minority-owned businesses.

STHM Alumna Devon Hendricks

By STHM Public Relations on May 4, 2015

Company: University of Texas Title: Assistant Athletics Director Olympic Sports – Events Year of graduation: May 2000 Program: B.S. in Sport & Recreation Management Responsibilities: I have had the pleasure of working at the University of Texas for the last 15 years. I work for the athletic department with Event Operations. My department manages event staff during […]

STHM Alumna Sarah Karath

By STHM Public Relations on May 4, 2015

Company: Hyatt Escala Lodge in Park City Title: Food & Beverage Manager Year of graduation: May 2011 Program: B.S. in Tourism and Hospitality Management, concentrating in Hospitality Operations Responsibilities: Graduated from School of Tourism and Hospitality Management in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management, concentrating in Hospitality Operations. Selected by Hyatt Hotels and […]

PA Recreation and Park Society elect new Student Director

By STHM Public Relations on April 13, 2015

Zurrell Toney has been elected for the 2015- 2016 term to be on the board of directors.  Zurrelll is a Temple University senior earning his bachelor’s degree in Sports and Recreation Management from the school of Tourism and Hospitality Management. He has a passion for youth development, education, community outreach, recreation and sports. After graduation, Zurrell hopes […]

STHM student honored by Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society

By Christopher Vito on April 9, 2015

The Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society (PRPS) named School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) senior Emily Croke the recipient of the 2015 Delores M. Andy Scholarship. Croke, a Sport and Recreation Management major, received the scholarship, as well as the 2015 Student Honor Award, at the PRPS Annual Conference, held March 22-25 at the […]

STHM Alum Jim O'Donnell

By STHM on April 8, 2015

Jim O’Donnell is passionate about hotels and hospitality and sales and marketing. Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Jim moved to Philadelphia in 1997 to attend Temple University after completing his Associate of the Arts Degree. In 1999, Jim earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Legal Studies from the Fox School of Business & […]

John Suchenski

By STHM Public Relations on April 8, 2015

Leah Moore

By STHM Public Relations on April 8, 2015

Transplant recipient and cancer survivor, STHM student goes for Guinness record

By Christopher Vito on April 1, 2015

Benjamin Baker is hoping to slide into the Guinness Book of World Records – again. A sophomore at Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM), Baker will attempt to make the Guinness Book of World Records for the most distance covered on a Slip ‘N Slide within one hour. Baker and a team […]

STHM Alumna Amy Bendekovits

By STHM Public Relations on March 31, 2015

Company: Aramark at FedEx Headquarters Campus Title: Catering Director Year of graduation: May 2014 Program: B.S. in Tourism and Hospitality Management, Magna Cum Laude Responsibilities: After working for 8 months in New York City’s Financial District for Aramark as a Food Service Manager, Amy was offered a promotion to becoming Catering Director at the FedEx Campus in Memphis, Tennessee. […]

STHM Alumna Jessica Gray

By STHM Public Relations on March 20, 2015

Company: TU Athletics Title: Compliance and Student-Athlete Affairs Coordinator Year of graduation: 2014 Program: MS in Sport Business, Concentration: Athletic Administration Responsibilities: Serve as the primary liaison to the Office of Housing and Residential Life Responsible for all student-athlete on-campus housing assignments Oversee the NCAA Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund Request and distribute assistance fund stipends to eligible student-athletes Monitor […]

STHM graduate students participate in case cup competition at the National Sports Forum

By Angelise Stuhl on March 18, 2015

Four students from the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management’s Master’s of Science in Sport Business program represented Temple University at the National Sports Forum (NSF). The conference, held Feb. 6-10 in Cincinnati, is open only to top sport-industry executives from across the country, with the exception of a handful of graduate students from the […]

Three STHM alumni have been nominated by Doubletree by Hilton, Valley Forge for “Manager of the Year”

By STHM Public Relations on March 6, 2015

Deidre Goslin(Fritz), Matthew Moore, and Jennifer Benedict all work at the property as a team … STHM Made/Temple Made

School of Tourism and Hospitality Management alumna shows entrepreneurial flair with cake-pop business

By Lora Strum on March 4, 2015

At 4 a.m., Kim Celano’s day begins. The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) alumna checks emails for her cake-pop stand business, KC Bakes, and coordinates her next international cake-pop convention. Then she’s off to work as Operations Coordinator for Temple University’s Campus Recreation at the Temple Administrative Services Building (TASB). Celano, CLA ’05, […]