Get Connected, Stay Connected: “It’s not who you know, but who knows you” was the tagline of an industry/alumni evening hosted by third-year Hotel and Resort Administration students as part of their Applied Management class.
The event, held at the Kempenfelt Conference Centre on April 1, raised $2,500 for awards for Hotel and Resort students in the upcoming 2015-16 school year. The money was raised through donation and proceeds of a live and silent auction.
Third-year students started planning the event in January. They were involved in organizing the event from start to finish as well as taking management roles including sales and marketing, financial, human resources, vendors/contracts, food and beverage, and facilities. Included in their efforts was development of posters and brochures, menu planning, invitation design and delivery, arranging for donations and decorations and more.
“We wanted to give the students a unique opportunity to network and create contacts with industry professionals, alumni, faculty and other students that they wouldn’t ordinarily get,” said Madeleine Popiez, third-year student and sales and marketing manager for the event.
The night began with a meet-and-greet for industry and alumni professionals and first-year hospitality students, accompanied by a beer tasting of Rock Cut Lager, courtesy of Lake of Bays Brewing Co., as well as a silent auction. A three-course meal, designed by the students, provided them with the chance to sit with the professionals and ask them questions about their careers and business.
Following the dinner, the industry professionals participated in a panel discussion. Students gained valuable knowledge and made connections that they can take through their future careers and co-op programs this summer.
“Our team was inspired as graduating students from the hospitality program to give back to the future students continuing their education. We are pleased to say that we have created our own award and the money raised will be helping future industry leaders,” said Seana Sullivan third year-student and financial manager for the event.
The evening was a resounding success. The hard work and dedication of the management team and all those involved helped raise a total of approximately $2,500. The funds will be shared among various awards for Hotel and Resort Administration/Management students attending Georgian in the coming year.
Taking part in the evening were hotel and resort industry professionals including Patrick Cappa, Vice President of Operations for Casino Rama; Bill Cutt, General Manager for Vintage Hotels; Michael Yordanou, Food and Beverage Manager for Nobleton Lakes Golf Course; Nadine Thomson, Director of the Hospitality division for Lake of Bays Brewery; and participants representing a variety of positions at Blue Mountain Resort.
Many Georgian College hospitality alumni also attended.