Nearly 90 alumni and friends from the College of Business and Rosen College of Hospitality Management attended a Networking Knight at The Capital Grille on International Drive. Guests enjoyed passed hors d'oeuvres and one complimentary drink while participating in organized, speed-networking. They also heard an update on each of the colleges by their respective deans, Dean Paul Jarley with the College of Business, and Dean Abraham Pizam with Rosen College of Hospitality Management.
The UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management Alumni Chapter hosted an inaugural Rosen Mentor Program Meet & Greet for alumni and student participants of the Rosen Alumni Mentor Program, and the Rosen College Peer Outreach Mentor Program (POMP). Nearly half of the program's participants were able to attend; the majority of those unable to attend reside outside of the Central Florida area. Guests heard a presentation on creative ideas for communication, mentor program best practices, and detailed information on how the Rosen Alumni Mentor Program and POMP program work together.
The UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management Alumni Chapter will host its first Career Fair Workshop at the UCF Rosen College, designed to better attendees' chances for success at the upcoming Rosen College Career & Experiential Learning Fair. Attendees will hear from an experienced alumni panel heavily involved in their companies' hiring processes, learn secrets from successful alumni about the do's and don'ts of career fairs, and refresh their knowledge of professional etiquette. All Rosen College alumni and students are welcome to attend.
Give back to your alma mater by mentoring current UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management students. You can enhance a student's career by donating your time and professional expertise.
Hospitality Knight is an alumni career enhancement series hosted annually in Orlando, Florida, by the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management Alumni Chapter. The chapter brings in an accomplished guest speaker from the hospitality industry for an evening of networking and career development.
Robert Earl, Founder and CEO, Planet Hollywood International
Jim Knight, consultant and former Director of Global Training for Hard Rock International
Photos from 2nd Annual Hospitality Knight (April 16, 2013)
Photos from Inugural Hospitality Knight (April 18, 2013)
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Recently married, engaged, promoted or started a company? Tell us about it! We have a new, easy-to-use, online form for Rosen alumni to share their good news with us.
Check it out here: http://www.ucfalumni.com/classnotes.
Outstanding Alumni Honored at Black & Gold Gala
Mr. Mario Ponce, '90 is this year's Professional Achievement award for the Rosen College of Hospitality Management.
Mario became fascinated by the restaurant business at a very young age. His first official job was as a dishwasher, but it wasn't long before he had worked his way through all of the varios positions that the restaurant business had to offer.
Mario knew that his career goals revolved around two things - travel and working with people. After arriving in Central Florida, by way of a company transfer, he came to UCF and began studying hospitality. Through his involvement with various university organizations and fraternities he discovered that he excelled in a variety of leadership roles.
Orlando's hospitality opportunities provided an assortment of industry experience which Mario took advantage of while attending UCF. Now living in Chicago, those experiences have helped him become the owner of his own hospitality firm. A job which he loves because he feels he gets paid to make people happy every day.
Congratulations, Mr. Mario Ponce!
Since graduating from UCF’s Rosen College with a B.S. in Hospitality Management, Akers, a theme park enthusiast, has served in variety of operational positions for attractions, like Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, Universal Orlando, and Hard Rock Park. In 2009, he accepted a position to join the opening management team for Universal Studios Singapore. Today, Akers remains in Singapore as the Assistant Director of park operations for Resorts World Sentosa - Marine Life Park.
Congratulations, Mr. Douglas Akers!
Alumni Mentor of the Year
To view other alumni news and the latest at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, check out past issues of the college's newsletter, Hospitality Happenings!
July 1, 2013 marks a new year for the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management Alumni Chapter, and the above will serve on the chapter's 2013-14 executive committee. Candidates interested in joining the executive committee should contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a great opportunity to network and give back to your alma mater. Get involved today!
Looking to get involved? Consider joining one of the Rosen Alumni Chapter committees! Review the committee descriptions below, then complete the online application.
Please note: Committee participation is not limited to the Orlando, Florida area. Engagement is encouraged via electronic communications and conference calls. The committee chairs residing in the Orlando, Florida area will provide the committee reports at Board of Volunteers bi-monthly meetings.
Special Events Committee
Engagement and Resource Development Committee
Scholarship and Awards Committee