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The UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management Alumni Chapter supports the UCF Alumni Association and the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management initiatives by cultivating a legacy and nurturing lifelong relationships with the college's current and future alumni through professional development and networking, while offering meaningful opportunities for engagement that generate multifaceted support for UCF.

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Upcoming Events

Mentorship Program

Hospitality Knight

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Alumni Awards

Executive Committee 2013-14



Upcoming Events

Looking to get involved with the Rosen College of Hospitality Management Alumni Chapter? View our open committees below, or contact hospitality@ucfalumni.com to get started!


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Past Events

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.

Mentorship Program

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.

Mentor Benefits:
  • Get the opportunity to meet and interact with UCF's brightest, motivated students
  • Enhance YOUR skills with an opportunity to develop new leadership and management styles
  • Feel the personal achievement of sharing your wisdom and experience without a huge time investment
  • Gain insights to diverse thoughts, styles, cultures and personalities of today's UCF students
  • Get the first shot at identifying and recruiting the next generation of UCF young alumni
  • Be recognized for your professional contribution and giving back to your alma mater and community


Step 2: Watch your email for a message containing information about your student mentee, should one be available. Please note that our mentorship program operates annually from Oct. 2012 to May 2013. Matches will be made in Oct. and mentors that apply after this time will be considered for the following year.



At this time, only students participating in the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management's Peer Outreach Mentoring Program (POMP) are eligable to serve as mentees. To learn more about getting involved in POMP, click HERE.

To learn more about our mentorship program, please reference our 2012-13 Mentorship Program Handbook. Questions? E-mail hospitality@ucfalumni.com. Thank you for your interest.
Hospitality Knight

IMG_5427_croppedHospitality 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.

Past Speakers
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.

Alumni Awards

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!


Mr. Douglas Akers, '07
is the recipient of The Rosen College of Hospitality Management Rising Star award.

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

Ms. Kristine Beselica, '11
2012-2013 Rosen Alumni Mentor of the Year

Congratulations to Kristine Beselica, '11 for being selected as the Rosen Alumni Mentor of the Year for 2012-2013! Currently residing in Colorado, Kristine proves that distance does not hinder the possibility of impacting the life of a student and giving back to your alma mater. In her own words, Kristine says of the Mentor Program, "I have loved being able to contribute back to the Rosen College. It is truly rewarding and I am excited about the journey ahead."

Congratulations, Ms. Kristine Beselica! 



Rosen Knights in the News
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!
Executive Committee 2013-2014
  • Chair: Alison Tomaska, '97
  • Vice Chair: Tiffany Carrion, '08
  • Communications Chair: Danielle Derecola, '03
  • Immediate Past Chair: Erica Hanners, '03
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 hospitality@ucfalumni.com. 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

Committee Leadership:
Tiffany Carrion, '08 (Chair)
Noemi Maldonado, '08 (Networking)

The Special Events Committee (SEC) plans and executes events and activities that build supportive, lifelong relationships between alumni and friends, the College, and the University. SEC works to create and maintain an active community of alumni and friends, engaged in supporting and advancing the goals and mission of the College and University.

Engagement and Resource Development Committee

Committee Leadership:
Erica Hanners, '03 (Chair/Sponsorship)
Tawanna Lewis, '08 (Mentorship)
Matt Kilgo, '12 (RCLAC)

The Engagement and Resource Development Committee (ERDC) provides support, structure and leadership related to Board development and Chapter engagement and participation. Activities include nomination and election of new Board members, officers and committee chairs and student recruitment. The ERDC encompasses the Mentorship Program, Sponsorship Committee, and Rosen College Lodging Alumni Council (RCLAC).

Scholarship and Awards Committee

Committee Leadership:
Danielle Derecola, '03 (Chair)

The Scholarship and Awards Committee (SAC), in cooperation with the College’s development director, shall be responsible for raising awareness of the scholarship funds and creating strategies for increasing the size of the endowment(s) and/or creating new scholarship funds to enhance the student experience.

Frequency of meetings: Each committee meets at the call of its chairperson or at the request of the chair.


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