Education in the hospitality
industry at RIT dates to the founding of the Cooking School in
1892 by Captain Henry Lomb. Today, the School of Hospitality and
Service Management and has expanded to several parts of the world,
including Croatia and the Dominican Republic, with more offshore
links under consideration.
’89 and Danyelle Dockstader ’98 and ’01,
member of the Alumni Network Board of Directors, soak up the
culture in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
The school went global
in 1997 with the formation of the American College of Management
and Technology (ACMT) in Dubrovnik, Croatia. In May of 2003, ACMT
held its fifth commencement and conferred degrees upon 320 graduates,
with the nations deputy minister of science and technology
and the mayor of Dubrovnik as well as RIT President Albert Simone
and other officials participating in the ceremony.
ACMT and RIT have a
unique collaboration that involves a student exchange program
and an affiliated alumni chapter. Recently, the school launched
an executive leader masters program in the Dominican Republic.
Guillermo Graglia 01, an M.S. graduate and native of Croatia,
leads the RIT initiative in Santo Domingo.
A group of alumni established
the Hospitality Alumni Society in 1984.
Board members are president
Danyelle Dockstader 98 and 01, vice president Andrew
Fuhrman 92, treasurer Janice Emerson 93, secretary
Lynne Perry 94, and Alumni Relations Office representative
Catherine Bement 89.
|Jen Schuler ’98
and Marc Sessler ’86 attended an alumni reception hosted
by Tod Barber ’88, vice president and partner at Shaw’s
Crab House, during the National Restaurant Show in Chicago.
with the society is an ideal way for me to stay connected to the
school and to RIT, says Dockstader. I truly enjoyed
my RIT experience and I dont want that to end.
RIT has a lot to offer
alumni, such as top-notch students for co-op jobs, networking
and partnering opportunities with fellow alumni, and eager graduates
ready to make a difference in their companies. Its
important for alumni to continue building professional relationships
throughout their careers and RIT offers abundant opportunities
to do just that, says Dockstader.
Each year, the society
hosts activities including a student/alumni workshop, alumni panel,
awards dinner, golf outing and educational seminar, and events
during the National Restaurant Show and International Hotel Show.
This years alumni panel and awards dinner take place Oct.
9 during Alumni Weekend 2003.
The Hospitality Alumni
Society boasts a membership of 150 alumni and strives to accommodate
the changing needs of RIT, the School, students, alumni, and industry.
As the society approaches its 20th anniversary in 2004, members
reflect on past achievements and prepare for the exciting journey
ahead . . . to all parts of the world.
meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 a.m. at the
RIT Inn & Conference Center, 5257 West Henrietta Road, Rochester.
Interested in joining? Contact Catherine Bement at 585-475-4975
or firstname.lastname@example.org. For information,
click on College of Applied Science & Technology, then Hospitality,