Iowa State top presenter at international hospitality conference
Iowa State University researchers in hospitality management gave 19 presentations – more than any other school – on local foods, Quick Response (QR) codes, and other topics at an international conference.
About 600 representatives from 111 schools, including 32 schools outside the United States, attended the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education’s annual conference, July 24-27 in St. Louis.
Robert Bosselman, professor and chair in apparel, events, and hospitality management, said the conference is considered one of the most prestigious in the field. Read more.
Iowa State receives national grant to create student financial education program
Iowa State University is one of 15 universities nationwide to be awarded a grant from the Council of Graduate Schools to develop a financial education program for graduate and undergraduate students.
David Holger, ISU associate provost and dean of the Graduate College, is the principal investigator of the $40,000 grant. He will work with human development and family studies professors Cynthia Fletcher and Jonathan Fox, assistant professor Clinton Gudmunson, and Craig Ogilvie, assistant dean of the Graduate College, to create the program.
“This project is a significant expansion of our efforts to promote greater knowledge of good practice in personal finance among our students, and particularly our graduate students,” Holger said.
Unique to the Iowa State effort is a gamification strategy, where students will be involved in developing and playing a web-based personal finance game. Read more.
Hospitality management graduate honored for research
Iowa State alumna Donna Quadri-Felitti’s research on how tourist attractions in rural parts of the country can match their offerings with the “wants” of their customers is gaining worldwide acclaim.
The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International recently named Quadri-Felitti one of the “Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing“ for that research, which in large part began with her doctoral dissertation at Iowa State.
Quadri-Felitti, who graduated last year, completed her degree at Iowa State while working full-time as a clinical associate professor at the Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management in the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Read more.
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Twenty of Iowa State's apparel, merchandising, and design students are interning in New York this summer. Eighteen are in California, while 28 are here in Iowa. Watch a slide show.
"Cook This!," a 4-H youth culinary challenge, will be held Aug. 8-10 at the Iowa State Fair. Kaitlyn Romitti, a junior in dietetics and family and consumer sciences education, is an intern working on the event with Cayla Taylor, 4-H youth program coordinator, and the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Watch a slide show from last year's event.
Trying to achieve work-life balance? Listen to a radio interview Joanne Marshall, an associate professor in the School of Education, did on Iowa Public Radio's "Talk of Iowa."
Ruth Litchfield, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, was interviewed by KCCI-TV about cyclospora, a parasite that hitches a ride on fruits and vegetables and causes severe intestinal illness. Watch video.