Renowned lecture series resumes with visit from industry icon

FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management resumes renowned lecture series with visit from industry icon By Lazaro Gonzalez Hospitality industry giant, Michael A. Leven, spoke to FIU hospitality students, followed by an engaging Q&A session. His visit to the school on January 30, 2019 marks the revival of the school’s Michael E. Hurst Distinguished […]

Chaplin alumni at SOBE hotels support SOBEWFF®

  In less than two decades, the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) has blossomed from a small gathering into a national destination for food, wine and spirits. For alumni like Mohan Koka ’01 who work at hotels on South Beach, watching the festival grow first-hand has been remarkable. […]

AAHOA Young Professional Director Eastern Division Purvi Panwala speaks at FIU

Last week, Florida International University invited AAHOA Young Professional Director Eastern Division Purvi Panwala to speak at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management on the topics of Hospitality Marketing Strategy, Hospitality Facilities Management, and Hospitality Management in general. by: Purvi Panwala As I arrived on the FIU campus, and I could see the […]

Alumna thrives on the front lines of beer industry

Beverage connoisseurs agree: finding a great beer can be incredibly rewarding. For Paige Wuensch ’12 MS ’14, beer gave her a career and a future husband, too. Wuensch, now a regional sales manager for BrewHub, was at a pre-planning meeting for the 2013 North Miami Brewfest when she spotted William Rivera. She was a student, […]

Alumnus Duffy Keys To Receive FIU’s Highest Honor

By Lazaro Gonzalez  |  Image courtesy of bcellars.com Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management alumnus Duffy Keys ’75 will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award at the 17th Annual Torch Awards Gala on Saturday, November 17, 2018. The celebration pays tribute to alumni who are making an impact in their professions, in the community and at the university. Duffy Keys is […]

Dr. Caroline Lusby actively working on ecotourism development

Dr. Carolin Lusby has been working with Conservation International on a project and grant to protect primary rainforests in the Amazon through the establishment of small scale ecotourism development in the Kayapo Indigenous Territories. These forests are under enormous threats of illegal mining, ranching and logging. She also has two presentations at the 15th World Leisure Congress from 8/28 – 9/1 in […]

The Chaplin School awards scholarships to all incoming freshmen

By Lazaro Gonzalez Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management surprised its incoming freshman class with a $500 scholarship for each student. The scholarship announcement came during the school’s annual pinning ceremony for freshman, held on August 19. The Lee Brian Schrager Aim Higher Scholarship, named in honor of the founder and […]

Chopped teen champion, author, CEO and now a hospitality freshman

It was the final round of the 2016 Chopped Teen Tournament. The only thing that stood between Eliana de Las Casas and the grand prize was a basket. When she opened it, it was filled with mangoes, graham crackers, cream cheese and gelatin. It was the basket of de Las Casas’ dreams – literally. “The […]