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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 […]

Comcast Spectacor Senior VP visits STHM as Executive in Residence

By Christopher Vito on April 8, 2016

For Dan Gallagher, leadership and professional success go hand in hand. Comcast Spectacor’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Growth Initiatives, Gallagher presented a video snippet from a TED talk. The video showed a concertgoer dancing by himself. In time, another man joined in. Soon after, more and more people flocked to those original two dancers. […]

STHM underclassman honored by Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society

By Christopher Vito on March 31, 2016

The Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society (PRPS) named School of Tourism and Hospitality Management sophomore Veronica Giles the recipient of the 2016 Delores M. Andy Scholarship. Giles, a Sport and Recreation Management major, received the scholarship at the PRPS Annual Conference, which was held March 13-16 at the Seven Springs Resort, in Champion, Pa. Given […]

Hotel founder discusses forays into entertainment, sport-team ownership as STHM Executive in Residence

By Lora Strum on March 29, 2016

Sheila Johnson has always been an entrepreneur. As a child, she went door-to-door selling handmade potholders. Today, she’s a successful, renowned businesswoman. The founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, Johnson detailed her beginnings in the arts and entertainment industry to her breakthrough in the sport management and hospitality fields as a part of […]

STHM students in exclusive company at Major League Baseball’s Diversity Business Summit

By Christopher Vito on March 29, 2016

Twelve Sport and Recreation Management majors from Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) traveled to Phoenix to attend the Major League Baseball Diversity Business Summit, a premier two-day sports employment and diversity trade conference. And from the moment the students had landed in the Grand Canyon State, they got the sense that […]

High expectations of Chinese tourists unmet during visit to U.S., according to STHM researcher’s findings

By Lora Strum on March 21, 2016

Chinese outbound tourism is a hot market. It’s one that United States tourism and hospitality services have actively sought in the past eight years, luring 2.19 million travelers as of 2014. For Dr. Xiang (Robert) Li, Professor and Washburn Senior Research Fellow at Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM), decoding how this […]

STHM undergraduate marching to the beat of his drum

By Christopher Vito on March 11, 2016

When the top-ranked team in men’s college basketball visited Temple University in February, Ryan Amodei said he “had the best seat in the house.” That was the case in December, too, when Temple’s football team played in the Boca Raton Bowl. Amodei is a member of the drumline for Temple University Bands. The sophomore plays […]

STHM undergraduate to appear on Wheel of Fortune

By Christopher Vito on February 29, 2016

A student from Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) will live out a lifelong dream when he spins the big wheel on an upcoming episode of Wheel of Fortune. Matthew Velasquez traveled to Los Angeles recently to tape his episode, part of Wheel’s College Road Trip Week promotion. The episode will air […]

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, […]

International student from STHM makes final round of Temple basketball’s Mandarin-language broadcasting competition

By Lora Strum on February 15, 2016

There was cheering, in both Mandarin and English, as Temple University students competed for the right to serve as Mandarin-language broadcaster of Temple University men’s basketball games. School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) exchange student Shizhe You finished runner-up in the inaugural “Battle of the Broadcasters,” held Jan. 31 at Morgan Hall. Organized by […]

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 […]

STHM receives $300,000 in scholarships from J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation

By Christopher Vito on January 26, 2016

Twenty students from Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) will receive scholarships from funding granted by the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation. STHM submitted a scholarship proposal to the Foundation, which recently awarded $300,000 to create Marriott Scholars. The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation scholarships will benefit academically […]

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 professor to receive service award from North American Society for Sport Management

By Lora Strum on January 26, 2016

Dr. Aubrey Kent, Chair of Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) and founding director of Temple’s Sport Industry Research Center (SIRC), is the winner of the 2016 North American Society for Sport Management Garth Paton Distinguished Service Award. The award, the highest service honor within NASSM, recognizes a member with outstanding dedication […]

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 […]

STHM welcomes 21st Annual Graduate Education and Graduate Student Research Conference

By Christopher Vito on January 20, 2016

  Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) hosted the 21st Annual Graduate Education and Graduate Student Research Conference Jan. 7-9 at the Doubletree Hotel in Philadelphia. More than 325 faculty and graduate students in the fields of tourism and hospitality management attended the conference This annual conference provides a platform for networking […]

STHM professor serves as editor of new Chinese outbound tourism book

By Christopher Vito on January 18, 2016

During a 20-year span, from 1994 to 2013, Chinese outbound tourism increased 16 fold, reaching 98.2 million. A new book that details the latest trends in outbound travel from China has been published, with Dr. Xiang (Robert) Li of Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) serving as its editor. Professor of Tourism […]

Experiential learning takes hold in STHM professor’s events-planning courses

By Emily Ivy Scott on December 21, 2015

In any article she writes, whether professionally or academically, Dr. Erinn Tucker maintains a theme of showcasing the events industry from a different perspective. An assistant professor at the Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM), Tucker has recently contributed articles highlighting the events industry for Social Tables, a site that assists members […]

NCAA faculty athletics leader discusses academic rigor, integrity in visit to STHM

By Lora Strum on December 21, 2015

For most students, dashing across campus for an early lecture or chasing a deadline constitutes regular exercise. But for student-athletes, the balance between exercising their minds and their bodies can be tricky. Dr. Christine Copper, President of the NCAA’s Faculty Athletics Representatives Association (FARA), and the organization with which she’s affiliated serve as a collective […]

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 […]

Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association selects STHM students as scholarship recipients

By Christopher Vito on December 11, 2015

The Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association selected two students from Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) as recipients of the 2015 Michael M. Boyle Scholarship Award. Neoshie M. Giles and Sara Lynn Will were honored Dec. 3 at the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association’s The Heart of Philadelphia & Scholarship Awards Luncheon at Sonesta […]

STHM graduate student wins award for industry-trends research

By Lora Strum on December 11, 2015

Cassandra Ball has tourism in her blood. “I grew up inside Yellowstone National Park,” said Ball, a native of Park County, Montana. “Tourism is what we do. It’s all we know.” Ball, a second-year graduate student at Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM), received the John & Joan Markham Tourism Marketing Award […]

Tourism, business leaders visit Temple to discuss impact of World Meeting of Families

By Lora Strum on October 30, 2015

Roughly 800,000 people flooded Philadelphia in late September for a visit from Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families, a global gathering of Catholics. So… now what? An event jointly sponsored by Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) and Temple’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) considered that very […]

‘Face your fear,’ the message at Temple’s 16th annual League for Entrepreneurial Women conference

By Lora Strum on October 28, 2015

When Philadelphia’s leading female journalists, restaurant owners, consultants, entrepreneurs, and student leaders gathered at Temple University’s Mitten Hall, they hardly expected they’d be blowing bubbles. Laughing as the bubbles popped, the women embraced the obvious message: Be daring, no matter the setting. At the 16th annual League for Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference, held Oct. 20, the […]

NBCUniversal Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion visits STHM as Executive in Residence

By Christopher Vito on October 22, 2015

Salvador Mendoza paused his presentation ever so briefly, and then uttered four words that caused students to wriggle in their seats. “Time for a test,” Mendoza said, smiling widely. Mendoza, the Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion at NBCUniversal, asked the gathering of students from Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) to […]

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 professor wins best-paper award for brand-loyalty research

By Lora Strum on October 6, 2015

Dr. Ceridwyn King’s involvement with the tourism and hospitality industries stems beyond her award-winning research into customer engagement and brand loyalty. She also enjoys the opportunity to work in “a people industry.” “Tourism and hospitality is an inherently human and positive industry,” said King, an Associate Professor at Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality […]

Two students represent STHM at elite U.S. Olympic Committee conference

By Emily Ivy Scott on October 6, 2015

Denisha Robinson has always considered opening a non-profit sports academy for inner-city youth a potential career path. This goal was an idea that she said became solidified following her participation in a U.S. Olympic Committee summer program. Robinson, a junior Sport and Recreation Management major, was one of two students representing Temple University’s School of […]

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 […]

A Fall Day with STHM

By STHM Public Relations on September 15, 2015

Join the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management for a unique opportunity to explore our nationally ranked Sport & Recreation Management and Tourism & Hospitality Management programs. While on campus, prospective students will participate in an information session on our programs, explore campus with a student-led tour, and enjoy lunch with the School’s students and […]

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 graduate, undergraduate students attend national destination marketing convention

By STHM Public Relations on September 9, 2015

“Disrupters,” as Josh Linkner calls them, are those who shake the status quo and innovate to create curiosity. A professional speaker and author, Linkner said disrupters embrace what makes him or her different. At the Destination Marketing Association International’s (DMAI) Annual Convention, professionals have the opportunity to showcase how their field is disrupting the tourism […]

STHM Associate Vice Dean honored as Philadelphia business leader

By STHM Public Relations on September 3, 2015

The applause began when Jeffrey Montague rose from his seat at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia’s John Wanamaker Building. By the time his name been called, the cheering echoed throughout the room, forcing the event’s master of ceremonies to re-read a portion of Montague’s biography. The Associate Vice Dean of Temple University’s School of […]

STHM students attend elite conference geared toward social change through sport

By STHM Public Relations on September 2, 2015

Eight Bachelor of Science in Sport and Recreation Management students from Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) participated in a summer global summit on the use of sport to advance social initiatives. The fourth-annual Doha GOALS Forum, held July 25-27 in Los Angeles, is considered the premier platform for inspiring world leaders […]

In memoriam: Delores M. Andy

By Christopher Vito on August 26, 2015

Delores M. Andy, Philadelphia’s first female recreation commissioner and a longtime professor of Sport and Recreation Management at Temple University, died June 12, 2015. She was 79. Ms. Andy was an innovative educator, a staunch Temple supporter, and a recognized leader in both local and national service. “Professor Andy will be eternally remembered for her […]