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Hotel Management Concentration

Rita and Navin Dimond Hotel Management Program

The Rita and Navin Dimond Hotel Management Program prepares students for operations and management positions in various segments of the hotel, motel, lodging and resort industries. Named for the founders and owners of Stonebridge Companies, one of the nation’s leading development and hospitality management companies, the Rita and Navin Dimond Hotel Management Program reflects the weight of the Dimonds’ esteemed reputation through a shared commitment to excellence and a passion for fostering future hospitality leaders.

Students in the program are eligible to become one of 10 annual prestigious Rita and Navin Dimond Fellows at MSU Denver, receiving the opportunity to:

  • Intern with SpringHill Suites executive team for a one semester, three credit Senior Experience
  • Design, manage and present on a hotel management project to be jointly determined by MSU Denver faculty and the Springhill Suites management team
  • Meet regularly with a hotel industry mentor from one of Denver’s premier properties or management companies
  • Earn the chance to win a $5,000 award for the top fellow of the year
  • Gain access to an invaluable network of leaders in Denver’s hotel industry

Applications for the next Fellowship class, Spring 2015, will be available August 18, 2014.

Current Fellows – Fall 2014

Joe Boss was inspired to dedicate his life to a career in hospitality when he was seven years old. His grandmother showed him a box of his great grandfather’s hotel and restaurant memorabilia, including name tags, menus, and hotel blueprints. “My grandmother told me the story of my great grandfather that, how we would run each hotel, buy and sell new bars and restaurants and how he lost it all in the Great Depression. I knew at that point that I wanted to own my own hotel and restaurant one day.” In addition to studying as a full time student and working as a server at Texas Roadhouse, Joe is the incoming student member of MSU Denver’s Board of Trustees after serving for two years as a senator in student government.

Jillian Grimm, a Long Island, NY native, moved to Colorado in 2008. Here, she fell in love with the mountains and the world of hospitality. “There is something simply satisfying about putting a smile on another person’s face. The smallest gesture can turn someone’s day around.” She currently works as a banquet server at the Embassy Suites Downtown Denver and as an executive suite concierge at Sports Shares. She currently works as a banquet server at the Embassy Suites Downtown Denver and as an executive suite concierge at Sports Shares.

Tristin Lawrence’s goal is to one day become a general manager of a luxury hotel. A 10-year veteran of the hospitality industry, she came to MSU Denver after working two full time jobs in Aspen. One day, her human resources manager asked, “Where do you see yourself in ten years?” This eye opening question led her three weeks later to register for classes in Denver. “Leaving Aspen shows how important this dream of success in hospitality is to me and how much I was willing to give up and how far I’m willing to go.”

Lauren Spagnuolo works full time as a human resources professional while studying at MSU Denver as a full time student. She has worked for the Double Tree by Hilton Westminster, the Brown Palace and Vail Resorts. She loves working in human resources because “you have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the employee. You are their advocate and must assist managers in understanding the HR perspective in decision making.” 

 


HOTEL Management concentration prepares students for operations and management positions in various segments of the hotel, motel, lodging and resort industries.


To be awarded a degree, students must complete the departmental requirements, 34 hours of General Studies Course Requirements, 3 hours of Multicultural Graduation Requirement, 3 hours of Senior Experience Graduation Requirement, 39 hours of Major Core Requirements, 21 hours of Concentration Requirements, and 20 hours of electives or a minor plus electives.


Departmental Requirements

  • Declare an area of study in Hotel, Restaurant, Tourism or Events Management.
  • Meet with HTE faculty and review an official CAPP report with the first semester.
  • Present verification of 1,200 clock hours of on-the-job experience in the HTE Major at stage of graduation.  These hours may be secured through paid job experience, cooperative education, internships or a combination of the three.
  • Present Adult CPR and First Aid certifcation at stage of graduation
  • Demonstrate a basic competence in a foreign language by earning a grade of "C" or above in a college-level, modern language class or through testing given by the Department of Modern Languages.
  • Maintain a grade point average of 2.5.

A grade of "D" or better is required for courses in this program to count toward the Bachelor's degree.  Students should not that programs differ in the minimum grade required.

PLEASE NOTE:  The following requirements are for students with a catalog year of Fall 2014 or later.  If your catalog year is prior to Fall 2014, your requirements may be different.  Please meet with your HTE advisor to review your CAPP report to make sure you are meeting the requirements for your catalog year.


General Studies Course Requirements

Written Communication (minimum 6 semester hours)

  • XXX  XXXX - Select any approved General Studies Written Communication courses

Oral Communication (minimum 3 semester hours)

  • XXX  XXXX - Select any approved Oran Communication course

Quantitative Literacy (minimum 3 semester hours)

  • MTH 1210 - Introduction to Statistics

Arts and Humanities (minimum 6 semester hours)

  • XXX  XXXX - Select any approved General Studies Arts and Humanities courses

Historical (minimum 3 semester hours)

  • XXX  XXXX - Select any approved General Studies Historical course

Natural and Physical Sciences (minimum 6 semester hours)

  • NUT 2040 - Introduction to Nutrition*
  • XXX  XXXX - Select any aproved General Studies Natural and Physical Sciences course

Social and Behavioral Sciences I (minimum 3 semester hours)

  • ECO 2010 - Principles of Macroeconomics*

Social and Behavioral Sciences II (minimum 3 semester hours)

  • XXX  XXXX - Select any approved General Studies Social and Behavioral Sciences II course

*Course has prerequisites; check current MSU Denver Catalog for requirements.


Multicultural Graduation Requirement

  • XXX  XXXX - Select any course from Multicultural approved list

Senior Experience Graduation Requirement

  • HTE 4000 - Hospitality Field Experience I*

OR

  • HTE 4040 - Hospitality Senior Research*

OR

  • HTE 4811 - Managing a Destination*

*Course has prerequisites; check current MSU Denver Catalog for requirements.


Major Core Requirements

  • ACC 2010 - Principles of Accounting*
  • HTE 1030 - Introduction to Hospitality, Tourism and Events
  • HTE 1035 - Academic and Career Planning
  • HTE 1533 - Food Fundamentals
  • HTE 2010 - Event Industry
  • HTE 2015 - Beverage Fundamentals
  • HTE 3030 - Sustainable Tourism
  • HTE 3250 - Managerial Accounting for Hospitality*
  • HTE 3550 - Human Resources in Hospitality*
  • HTE 3570 - Hospitality and Tourism Marketing*
  • HTE 3580 - Legal Aspects of Hospitality*
  • HTE 4730 - Hospitality Negotiations and Sales*
  • HTE 4750 - Hospitality Leadership*
  • HTE 4800 - Hospitality Strategic Management*

*Course has prerequisites; check current MSU Denver Catalog for requirements.


Hotel Management Concentration

  • HTE 1603 - Food Science*
  • HTE 2512 - Hotel Front Office*
  • HTE 2613 - Food Production and Service I*
  • HTE 3522 - Hotel Housekeeping*
  • HTE 3603 - Labor and Product Control*
  • HTE 3652 - Hospitality Property Management*
  • HTE 4110 - Applied Restaurant Operations*
  • HTE 4211 - Ecotourism Planning*

*Course has prerequisites; check current MSU Denver Catalog for requirements.