Hospitality Student Internships

first_imgDespite the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis on the hospitality industry, the University of Georgia’s Hospitality and Food Industry Management program is operating under full steam.With enrollment numbers ahead of projections, the program is preparing to graduate its first class of students in 2021 after opening the program in fall 2019 to first-year and transfer students.There are about 50 students in the major, according to John Salazar, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.With an extensive background in the hospitality industry around the U.S., Salazar came to lead the program at UGA shortly before it launched.“I was surprised to see how well-developed it is, especially since it just began last year,” said Hannah Connor, a fourth-year student from Suwanee, Georgia. “Taking these classes has opened my mind to how many things in the state and country have to do with hospitality.”The degree prepares students for a broad spectrum of careers in hotels and resorts, restaurants, meeting and event management, club management, agritourism, convention and visitor bureaus, and other related fields.Faculty teach courses specializing in hotel operations, food and beverage management and meeting and event planning. Assistant professor Dan Remar is the “foodie” of the faculty with nearly two decades of restaurant and food experience, and Leta Salazar, a former hotel general manager, is a lecturer in human resources and law.“I think the professors in the program are phenomenal. They’re able to share personal stories and give real-life examples when it comes to the material, which makes it feel more real,” said Tyler Grace Hunt, a junior who transferred from Kennesaw State University.Industry guest speakersIn addition to faculty with real-world experience, guest speakers in HFIM classes have included industry professionals from global brands like IHG, Sysco, Marriott and Walt Disney World; national chains like Waffle House and Your Pie; and local organizations like The Graduate Athens Hotel, The Classic Center and The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds at Lake Oconee.“I really like to brag that we just started the program and we have so many interested hospitality companies and industry leaders. They’re so eager to get involved with our program at UGA for our program to succeed and thrive. It’s motivating for everyone else coming in,” said Emily Posas, a fourth-year student from Valdosta, Georgia, who changed her major twice, from pre-med to business before finding her niche in the program.As part of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the program gives students a unique opportunity to take elective classes that could shape their careers, including horticulture, food science and agricultural communication. Hunt is currently taking a flower-design class and plans to take organic gardening to get an idea of how to incorporate sustainability into the industry.The major requires two industry internship courses and students are able to earn experiential learning credits on campus. Connor and Hunt both work at the UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel where they rotate through departments to learn about different operational areas.“It’s a hands-on experience outside the classroom on campus – one of the few university-operated hotels on a campus within the U.S. that’s not contracted with an outside corporation or brand,” John Salazar added.Students in the program are currently getting a firsthand view of how the industry is changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Garrett Frangi, a senior who transferred from Georgia Southern University, interned with the city of Lawrenceville’s event planning team over the summer. “It was very different than what they’d usually do, but I got to see planning and replanning as things changed,” he said. “No one really knew what was going to happen. They had concerts planned throughout the summer, then it turned into drive-in movies, virtual concerts and virtual events.”Hands-on experienceThe flexibility of hybrid classes this fall allowed Posas, a sales intern with event planning company BizBash, to work a trade show in Orlando, one of the company’s first in-person events. She helped with hosting speakers and registration for the company, which she was connected to by her UGA alumni mentor.“I am pretty optimistic, even in a post-pandemic world, that people will want to find new ways to make the industry work and thrive,” Posas said. “We’re able to use this time and what we’re learning to help employers and the industry.”Despite the hit the industry took during the pandemic, all of the students are optimistic about job opportunities and their future careers.“I think the industry goes where the economy goes. I think when slowly things get better, people will start traveling again. I definitely see a light at the end of the tunnel with the industry coming back to a healthy place,” Frangi said. “Getting the degree opens a lot of doors for you and a lot of careers. In hospitality, you can get your foot in the door and do lots of different things with your degree.”To learn more about the program visit read more


first_imgPaul gets behind his team St Michaels in Glenswilly last night. Pictures courtesy and copyright of Geraldine Diver.It’s not easy to go to the home of the county champions and get a result as golfer Paul McGinley found out last night.The Ryder Cup captain was a surprise visitor to the Glen for his side St Michael’s league game against Glenswilly.rish Golfing legend Paul Mc Ginley, Glenswilly Chairman Mick Murphy, and Club Pro Paul Gallagher at the Senior League clash between St Michael’s and Glenswilly Photo: Geraldine DiverThe affable sportsman chatted and mixed with a large contingent of fans who attended the game. And he posed happily for pictures with fans including Glenswilly stalwarts Mick Murphy and Paul Gallagher despite his side going down by a single point.McGinley is a huge GAA fan who was a fine underage player in Dublin in his day.Who he will be shouting for if Donegal meet Dublin in the semi-final of the All-Ireland championship is anybody’s guess!GOLFER McGINLEY LEFT IN THE ‘ROUGH’ AFTER HIS VISIT TO GLENSWILLY! was last modified: July 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalglenswillyGolfer Paul McGinleySt Michaelslast_img read more

Raiders vs. 49ers: Interesting concept, but too often a rivalry in repose

first_imgBay Area football fans salivated from one end of the 1970 NFL season to the other in anticipation of the first Oakland Raiders-San Francisco 49ers game that would rise to the level of bloodlust.The teams — the 49ers of the established NFL, and the Raiders of the upstart AFL — had met in exhibition games. But those glorified practices in no way reflected the searing animosity between the two leagues.The showdown on Dec. 20, at the end of the first season following the NFL-AFL merger, figured …last_img read more

NBA playoffs: How will Warriors adjust to playoff officiating?

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – As the Warriors strive to win another NBA championship, their success will not just hinge on the Splash Brothers’ making 3’s, Kevin Durant scoring in the post and Draymond Green shutting down his opponent.Can Warriors coach Steve Kerr resist spiking his clipboard? Can Curry abstain from hurling his mouthpiece? Can Durant, Green and DeMarcus Cousins …last_img read more

Butterflies Invented LEDs First

first_imgLight-emitting diodes (LEDs) were a prized invention of physicists, improved greatly in 2001, but now we find butterflies invented them first.  We already knew that butterfly wings achieve their shimmering iridescence by means of photonic crystals (01/29/2003), as do some birds (10/13/2003), but now it appears that the butterflies have even more exotic tricks up their sleeves: they have true LEDs.    Pete Vukusic of Exeter and Ian Hooper of MIT were startled to see the wings of African swallowtails shine super-bright under ultraviolet light.  They reported in Science this week that the photonic crystals absorb UV and re-radiate it in a blue-green portion of the visible spectrum where the butterfly’s eye is particularly sensitive.  Not only that, the photonic crystals are shaped in a cylindrical way to prevent side-scattering, are spaced for maximum effect, and contain reflective surfaces to focus the light straight out of the tubular shafts.  This makes them “all but identical in design to the LED,” said Vukusic.  Being able to emit powerful light without a semiconductor or power source makes the feat “doubly efficient in a way,” he said.  It’s not just an analogy calling this structure an LED, he explained – that is really how it works.  The researchers feel that their results will help engineers improve manmade devices.  “When you study these things and get a feel for the photonic architecture available, you really start to appreciate the elegance with which nature put some of these things together,” he said.  Sources: BBC News, MSNBC, LiveScience and [email protected] was little mention of evolution in any of the papers, except that the BBC article stated that the butterflies “had been using this method for 30 million years,” and [email protected] mentioned in passing that the system had “evolved to direct the emitted light outwards” without venturing to say how.  All the evolutionists seemed so amazed that a butterfly figured this out.  Even Ker Than, Mr. Dogmatic Darwinist and ID-Basher, didn’t dare speculate about how this precision optical system evolved.  To top that, Nature, that Darwinese foghorn, actually subtitled their piece, “Butterflies shine brighter by design.”  Cowabunga!  Are they beginning to see the light?    Think about the fact that a butterfly goes through an egg, caterpillar, and chrysalis stage.  In that last stage, all its guts are transformed into precision LEDs, flight software and hardware, vision, incredibly-sensitive olfactory systems and much, much more.    Kids should get out with their butterfly nets and learn some creation science like they always have.  Only now, they should learn some physics and optical electronics, too.  Sounds like some good Science Fair material here.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

That’s a Geocache?!? The Unending Evolution of Geocaches

first_imgTraditional geocacheFor most, the evolution of the geocache container begins with a sturdy great-great-great-grandfather geocache.  It’s the iconic metal ammo can. But in one decade of geocaching, the geocache family tree branched off into dozens of directions.Each branch embodies the spirit of evolution.  Geocaches now blend more and more into their natural environment.  Say you place a cache on the outskirts of an estuary?  There’s a bird geocache for that.  You’re considering an urban cache on a park bench?  We’ve heard of magnetic microcaches that resemble gum for that.Take a quick look at the picture below on the left.  Guess how many geocaches are in that picture?  Ok, I know there are a few caveats. There can only be one geocache every tenth of a mile and none of these are activated, but how many possible geocaches do you see? The answer is… six. The bird, those pinecones, that rock, even two of the sticks are actually geocaches.How many geocaches are hidden in this pictureJust enough room for a logGeocaches are not the only part of the geocaching equation to evolve.  Geocachers developed a keener “geo-sense” over the past decade.  Say that you placed a corn cob shaped cache in field of corn… the cache will be found.A cache like this one pictured at the bottom of the page is all in a days work for an average cacher.I’d love to hear your most difficult find.  How many DNF’s did you log before uncovering the cache?  Let us know, just post a comment to this blog.Thermometer reveals a geocacheShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThe evolution of geocachesNovember 19, 2019In “Learn”Rubik’s Cache (GC5YGFM) – Geocache of the WeekJuly 30, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”350 miles, all for a smiley. — Munich – Venice (GC1FPN1) — Geocache of the WeekJune 12, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

Geocaching in Space FAQ

first_imgGeocaching is heading towards the International Space Station (ISS). All of geocaching? No, not all of it, but a very special little Travel Bug® named TB5JJN1 is tagging along with Nasa astronaut Rick Mastracchio on his mission to the ISS. Mastracchio will be using the Travel Bug as an educational tool to help teach students around the world about geography and geocaching. Mastraccio will Rocket into Space on November 7, 2013 (GMT). Every geocacher who attends a Geocaching Event on November 6 or 7, 2013 will be awarded a “Geocaching in Space” souvenir. In additional, Geocaching in Space Mission Patches will be sold, and proceeds will to the educational charity probably have a few questions about Geocaching in Space. For answers to your questions go to the Geocaching in Space Event Center , or check out the FAQs below. If you still have questions, let us know in the comments or visit What is Geocaching in Space?Check out our blog post here: Geocaching Rockets into Space (Again)2. When is the spacecraft currently scheduled to launch?November 7 at 04:08 a.m. GMT – Convert to your time zone here3. How do I find an Event Cache near me? The local times for the launch depend on where in the world you’re watching. Find Event Caches on November 6 or November 7. Don’t see an event near you? Submit a Geocaching in Space Event Cache up to two weeks before the schedule launch.4. How can I keep getting updates on the mission?You can follow the Travel Bug® here by adding it to your watchlist, follow Geocaching on Facebook, Twitter and Google + for updates as they happen.5. Is there a way to watch the space craft launch live?NASA TV will broadcast the launch live. You can download a free NASA TV app for Android or iPhone, watch NASA TV live on their website, or watch the launch on the NASA channel on your cable TV. More questions? Check out NASA TV FAQs here.6. Who is the Astronaut that is bringing the Travel Bug® to the ISS?Astronaut Richard Mastracchio (Source: Nasa)Rick Mastraccio is an experienced NASA astronaut. He is currently training for his third travel to the ISS. He will be the Flight Engineer for the team. His geocaching name is AstroRM and we think he’s pretty cool.7. Do I have to attend an official space event, to receive the “Geocaching in Space” souvenir ?No. If you log your “Attended” for any geocaching event, that is held on November 6th or November 7th 2013 and listed on, you will receive the souvenir. Events on both days will help commemorate Geocaching in Space.8. I am the host, will I get the souvenir too?Yes. Even though we discourage geocache owners to log their own geocaches, it is completely fine to log an “Attended” on your own geocaching event. You deserve it!9. What if the launch date changes?As this is a  real rocket launch, the launch date could change. In this case we’ll issue the souvenir for attending an event on November 6 or 7. The same souvenir will also be awarded for events on the the actual launch date.10. Is there a geocache close to the rocket launch?Geocache location near rocket launch siteYep. There is a geocache located at the Russian Rocket Base in Central Asia close by. It is called Poyekhali. It currently has 4 finds.11. Is there a geocache at the International Space Station?Yes, indeed there is. Video game developer Richard Garriott had a dream come true, when he was travelling to the ISS and hid a geocache there in 2010. Astronaut Rick Mastraccio (AstroRM) will be claiming the FTF over three years after this geocache was hidden.12. What are the coordinates of the International Space Station Cache?As the geocache on the ISS orbits the earth 15 times every day, it was a challenge to find coordinates for this one-of-a-kind geocache. The geocache owner decided to use coordinates in Kazakhstan close to the Russian Rocket Base from which the spacecraft will be launching. SharePrint RelatedBehind the Scenes: My Travel Bug®’s Mission to SpaceOctober 16, 2013In “Community”Geocaching in Space Event CenterOctober 7, 2013In “Community”Track a Travel Bug in SpaceOctober 20, 2013In “Community” Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

International EarthCache Day: Instagram Photo Recap

first_img SharePrint RelatedYour Path to Platinum EarthCachingFebruary 11, 2015In “Community”The Aare Gorge | Aareschlucht | Gorges de l’Aar – GC1YH51 – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 11, 2012October 11, 2012In “Community”Thank a Volunteer Day is May 22!May 21, 2018In “Community” This past weekend, more than 36,300 people earned their International EarthCache Day souvenir by finding an EarthCache. Many of them decided to photograph their adventures and share them on Instagram. Here are some of the amazing pictures from the International EarthCache Day [email protected] “Another dinosaur footprint.”@_iso61 “Measuring boulder ?.”@kelisabethlb “#EarthCache #Gotland”@arace1985 “#Earthcache today.”@galleytrotter “Happy International Earthcache day! Here’s me and Kiwi checking out some ice age remains.”@geominionmom “The sunshine made this cave/tunnel a truly magnificent sight.”@kaja2105 “#naturelovers #earthcache #familytime.”@le_mur_ko “earthcacheday2015.”@strawberryberry16 “#internationalearthcacheday.”@kacnampr “Fall colors and cloud reflections at Potter’s Marsh Boardwalk on International Earthcache Day! A bit of cache maintenance done while there too!”@thomasanderz “earthcacheday2015”@yeseniapais “#earthcache”@christinamdlt “Love the view on my little adventures. #geocaching #earthcache”Just because International EarthCache Day is over, doesn’t mean the educational fun stops. You can find EC’s all year-round!Which EarthCache did you find yesterday? Share your pics!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Website and App Downtime Tuesday, September 11

first_img SharePrint Site Upgrade Tuesday – Site and Mobile Apps DownDecember 1, 2010In “News”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – April 27, 2011April 27, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter” and Geocaching App Downtime on Tuesday, April 8April 6, 2014In “Maker Madness” On Tuesday, September 11, 2018,, and all related mobile applications, including 3rd party applications will be going down for several hours as we perform site maintenance. Geocaching HQ products will go offline around 1:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time (convert to your local time). Downtime is expected to last four hours.During this scheduled maintenance window, we are upgrading the infrastructure of our products to provide geocachers with increased site performance, security and room to expand. Follow us on Twitter during this downtime for the latest updates.Start followingShare with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Crowdflower and Gambit: Is this Child Labor for Virtual Goods?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Just this week a MediaPost article discussed how the Iconix Brand Group agreed to pay $250,000 after advertising to children without parental consent. While you wouldn’t normally associate brands like Candies shoes or Bongo denim with kids, Iconix collected birth date and user information from under 13-year-olds associated with these companies. Targeting newsletters and advertising to these users was enough to raise questions with the Federal Trade Commission. It will be interesting to see how Gambit and Crowdflower will balance the issue of parental consent amongst this younger labor force. Can we classify this as child labor if only virtual goods are involved?Some of the tasks listed for casual gamers include tagging images and video clips, classifying text and finding business contact information. While others might argue that the web-task barter system is akin to earning one’s allowance, the fact that children could be scraping the web to help businesses advertise to us seems somewhat exploitative. While it’s too early to say how this program will pan out, there’s no doubt that Crowdflower and Gambit will have to walk a fine line to keep this program ethical. Photo Credit: Jim Sneedon Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts While Crowdflower has forged some amazing partnerships in the past, including a deal with Samasource to launch a training program for Kenyan refugees, the company’s latest partnership has a somewhat questionable benefit statement. Crowdflower and Gambit are offering sponsored promotions for gamers to earn virtual currency via cloud-based labor. While the program sounds like a great idea, the pitch we received specified that promotions would help “monetize younger users”. It will be interesting to see how parents react to these promotions. In order to protect their kids, many parents seek out age-appropriate web content like ReadWriteWeb’s list of kid-friendly resources. Others opt for tools like CYBERsitter that offer parental controls over web filtering software. While most of these tools protect against worst-case-scenarios, few protect against invasive advertising or remote labor offers. last_img read more