• A Balancing Act; Resort Management Student Spotlight

    August 24th, 2015Upon graduating in May 2016, Danielle Murphy will receive her Resort Management degree with a Club Management & Special Events minor as well as a Meeting Planning minor. Murphy holds a dominant presence on campus, but continues to find time to succeed academically. Taking advantage of every opportunity during her time as a Bulldog, Murphy is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, the Hospitality Honor Society Eta Sigma Delta, the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality, and the Hospitality Management Student Association. In addition to this, Murphy is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Big Event, a service-oriented day of volunteerism for students and the Big Rapids, Mich. community. Read about Murphy’s experience in the Hospitality program and the steps...
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  • International students expand horizons in Hospitality Program

    August 12th, 2015Laura D’Artanay and Yadan Du are both international students studying within the College of Business Hospitality program. Du is from a media city in China. She is studying Resort Management at Ferris because she finds hospitality interesting and says she genuinely enjoys her classes. D’Artanay, a Hotel Management student with a minor in Special Events and Meeting Management, and Sales and Marketing, traveled from Southeast Venezuela to study here for all of the opportunities Ferris has to offer her as a student and future professional....
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  • Students Put Hands-on, Business-Integrated Hospitality Education to Work

    July 8th, 2015The Hospitality Management program offers three Bachelor of Science degrees: Hotel Management, Hotel Management with A.A.S. in Restaurant and Food Industry Management, and Resort Management. In addition, students can choose from an array of complementary A.A.S. degrees, minors, and certificates within the Hospitality realm....
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  • Hospitality Student Spotlight: Wayne Bersano

    May 27th, 2015Hotel and Restaurant Management student Wayne Bersano has excelled as a leader within the College of Business and beyond. Currently in his junior year, he holds the position of President in the Hospitality Management Student Association and is also President of the Ferris State University Student Government Association. He was recently awarded the Michigan Campus Compact Heart and Soul Award and Ferris’ Rising Star Award and is studying abroad at Hochschule Rhein Waal University in Germany....
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  • Voyages Through Future's Past: The Students Behind The 24th Annual Gala

    February 26th, 2015  The Hospitality Management program’s annual Hospitality Gala is right around the corner! Students in the program have been working diligently to organize this year’s event, Voyage Through Future’s Past. Every student enrolled in courses in the Hospitality Management program participates in Gala. This event gives students the opportunity to receive hands-on experience in almost every part of the hospitality industry from banquet service to culinary preparation to entertainment production to sales and promotions. “The Hospitality Gala is one of the most immersive learning environments our students will experience during their academic career in the program,” said Amy Dorey, faculty advisor for Gala. The management team is composed of 20 students. Students apply, interview, and are potentially offered one...
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  • Eta Sigma Delta Honor Society Inducts 14 Hospitality Students

    February 19th, 2015The Hospitality Management program inducted 14 students from three different Ferris campuses (Big Rapids, Flint and Grand Rapids) into the Eta Sigma Delta Honor Society. Twelve of the 14 students attended a formal induction ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 3 in Big Rapids. In attendance were: Hospitality Management Program Advisory Board members and faculty, Ferris administrators and guests. The Eta Sigma Delta International Hospitality Management Society recognizes hospitality management students for academic excellence and aims to lead hospitality educators and professionals to the highest levels of proficiency and accomplishment in the industry. The honor society receives support and guidance from the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education. In order to be considered, students must have a 3.0...
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  • Professor Lianne Briggs Furthers Accomplishments

    October 14th, 2013In July 2013, Professor Lianne Briggs completed Train the Trainer Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA) offered through the SHARE Center by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AH&EI) in partnership with Smith Travel Research (STR). In addition, she was chosen to serve on the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute’s (NOCTI) test revision team as a Subject Matter Expert for the Commercial Foods exam during summer 2013. Professor Briggs was also selected to receive the Rich Media Textbook Initiative from the Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning (FCTL) at Ferris....
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  • Hospitality Students Participate in ISTTE Conference

    October 14th, 2013Four Flint campus Ferris State University students and instructor, Dr. Lorie Tuma, participated in the International Society of Travel & Tourism Educators (ISTTE) conference on Geotourism in Detroit, MI....
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  • Student Receives EPIC Rising Star Award

    April 2nd, 2013The Greater Detroit Chapters of the National Association of Catering and Events (NACE), the International Special Event Society (ISES) and the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) co-sponsored the Event Professional Industry Class (EPIC) Awards on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. Kathryn Douglas, senior and president of the FSU Student Chapter of NACE received the EPIC Rising Star Award. This award recognizes a student member of NACE that exemplifies leadership, contribution to the organization and a passion for the industry.    ...
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  • American Culinary Federation Sizzle Article Features KCTC and FSU

    November 16th, 2012An article about the partnership of Kent Career Technical Center (KCTC) and Ferris State University (FSU) of Grand Rapids has been published in the American Culinary Federation Sizzle magazine. As a newly accredited program serving high school juniors and seniors, the Hospitality/Culinary department offers students a seamless flow into college -- a true K-16 offering. FSU brings several courses to KCTC, giving students an opportunity to earn up to 21 credits before they leave. FSU then accepts students as second-semester freshmen, saving those students and their families thousands of tuition dollars. The credits can also be transferred to other institutions. To read the full article, please visit www.acfchefs.org/sizzle.

  • Certified Dietary Manager Exam

    October 29th, 2012The Dietary & Food Service Management, AAS, will become the first approved program in Michigan preparing students to take the Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) exam. Hospitality Management submitted a lengthy application for accreditation review to the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) in August, 2012.

  • Professor Earns Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership

    October 29th, 2012Professor Lianne Briggs, Hospitality Management, earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (Ph.D.) in July 2012 from Western Michigan University.

  • Faculty Member Attends Culinary Essentials Workshops

    October 29th, 2012Karyn Bledsoe, Faculty, attended the Culinary Essentials Workshops I & II at Johnson & Wales University's Denver campus in July 2012. She studied various aspects of the kitchen and dining room such as garde mange, pastry arts, tableside cooking, and dining room service.

  • Developing Spa Management Courses

    October 29th, 2012Professor Julie Doyle is on sabbatical fall of 2012 to develop courses for the Spa Management concentration under the Resort Management, BS. She will be attending the International Spa Association (ISPA) conference and visiting spas at various resorts and hotels such as the American Club in Kohler, WI.

  • Enrollment Continues to Grow

    October 29th, 2012Hospitality Management continues to offer courses at the Kent County Technical Center (KCTC) in Grand Rapids, MI. Courses offered are both direct credit and concurrent enrollment which articulate with both Northwestern Michigan College's Great Lakes Culinary Institute and the Grand Rapids Community College's Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Enrollment continues to grow, doubling this fall over the previous one!

  • Hotel Management Courses at GRCC and NMC

    October 29th, 2012Starting this January, 2013, Hospitality Management will begin teaching courses for the Hotel Management, BS, at both Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) and Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) in Traverse City. Students transfer into the Hotel Management, BS, with either 48 transferable credits or an associate degree in Culinary Arts or another field. Transfer guides and marketing materials are ready for distribution.

  • Dietary & Food Service Management Receives Accreditation

    October 26th, 2012Ferris State University's A.A.S. in Dietary & Food Service Management recently received accreditation from the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP). This distinguishes Ferris' DFSM program the only ANFP approved program in Michigan. The Dietary & Food Service Management degree is a collaborative project between College of Business and College of Health Professions.

  • Hospitality Management Enters Cooperative Agreement with Montcalm Community College

    October 26th, 2012Hospitality Management recently entered into a cooperative agreement with Montcalm Community College (MCC) allowing their students to be concurrently enrolled at both Ferris and MCC. Students will be able to obtain an A.A.S. in Restaurant and Food Industry Management or A.A.S. in Dietary Food Service Management from Ferris with completion of only 8-9 courses on FSU's main campus. This allows students to pursue new opportunities that are not currently available at Montcalm Community College.

  • Hospitality Management Selected to Host Skills USA Culinary Arts Regional Competition

    October 26th, 2012Hospitality Management has been selected to host the Skills USA Culinary Arts Regional Competition again this coming February. The event brings approximately 70 students and their supporters from seven area career technical centers. This allows Ferris State University the opportunity to showcase its programs. Winners will advance to a State Competition.

  • Hospitality Management Program Celebrates Fifty Years

    October 26th, 2012Did you know that the Hospitality Management program has been around for fifty years? The AAS in Food Service Supervision made its first appearance in the 1961 catalog of Ferris Institute. The degree featured classes such as Catering, food Sanitation, Food Service Calculations & Cost Estimating as well as general education classes like Psych. 251 - Personality Improvement, Elementary Typing, and Health & Physical Education. The first class of four students graduated on June 9, 1963 from the Collegiate Technical Division. The first graduating class included Neil R. Anderson, Iron Mountain, James R. Dean, Kalamazoo, Roberta L. Grass, Grand Rapids, and Carol K. Triick, Conklin. One of those graduates, James Dean, went on to become the Director of Dining Services at Western Michigan University. The current Hospitality Management program boasts two associate degrees and two bachelors as well as numerous minors and certificates in areas such as Special Events & Meeting Planning, Club Management, and Spa Management. Classes are taught on the main campus as well as Traverse City, Grand Rapids, and Kent County Technical Center. Students work in required internships all over the country and overseas.