Wining and Dining with the Hospitality Program

It takes a prominent program to educate and train students in the exciting fields of hospitality management and Ferris State University’s Hospitality Management program is no exception.

“I think the key for our Hospitality Management program is that our program is in the College of Business,” said Hospitality Management Coordinator and Professor, Julie Doyle. “That’s huge because our competitors don’t have a business degree. You find them more in the College of Education or in Allied Health.”

With the program being offered as a business degree, students can develop a better understanding of the business aspects of the four main tracks of the program: Hotel Management, Resort Management, Food Industry Management, and Dietary Food Service Management. This comes in handy when the students in the program all come together for the programs annual event, the Hospitality Gala.This event brings all of the hospitality courses together and showcases the students as well as their abilities in leadership roles, critical thinking, and problem solving, all in a hands-on environment. The 23rd annual Gala will be on March 28, 2014 and will have the theme of the Great Gatsby Gala 2014.

The program offers other opportunities for students as well, including two main events held off-campus in Grand Rapids: the International Wine and Food Festival and the MIHEA Career Fair.

The Hospitality Management program at Ferris State University will celebrated 51 years at the university in Oct. 2013. More than 250 students are involved in the program with 175 of them enrolled at the Big Rapids campus and the remaining 75 enrolled in Flint, Traverse City and Grand Rapids. For more information on the program, visit www.ferris.edu/hospitality.

 

 

Presentation is a big part of Hospitality Management. Students learn how to set their tables in a manner that is both pleasing to the eye and can be easily navigated. The Hospitality Gala is the Hospitality Management program’s largest annual event. Students use their skills learned in their hospitality courses to prepare, set-up and run the Gala.