Student organizations are a great way for HTE students to network within the industry and to get a better idea of the employment opportunities within a specific field.
Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association Student Chapter
This student organization is affiliated with the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association. The purpose of CHLASC is to offer HTE students opportunities to interact with industry professionals on a local, regional, and national basis for developing their professionalism and for possible contacts for employment opportunities.
- Kara Huddleston, President
- Margarita Plaeda, Vice President
- Jennifer Peterson, Treasurer
- Christopher Aston, Secretary
Contact: Professor Gruhl
Event Elements, a special events club
Meets twice a month:
- The second Friday, 3:00 – 4:30 pm in HLC 202
- Typically the 4th week in the month-at various locations and dates. Check the calendar or web site for more information.
- 11/16 Full club meeting –Resume Writing for Event Planners (Career Services, Daniel Weeks)
- 11/28 Educational meeting offsite – Brown Palace (Michelle Gillette) - Catering
- 12/8 Holiday party – Brio’s – members only
- 12/20 Full club meeting –Portfolio Creation (Dawn Abbott)
The club acts as an umbrella for 4 special event associations: Colorado Festivals and Events (CFEA); International Special Events Society (ISES); International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE); and the National Association of Catering and Events (NACE).
The purpose of this club is to create networking opportunities, further education and increase the knowledge base of our students.
- Lauren Nelson, President
- Erica DuClos, Vice President
- Aubrey Garfias, Treasurer
- Alex Hatch, Secretary
Like us on FaceBook: www.facebook.com/msueventelements
Contact: Professor Genualdi
Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International
The goal of the HSMAI Student Chapter are to get students, within the hospitality industry into networking opportunities with industry leaders. We want to do this on both a local and national level. Since we are just starting up the student chapter, and are new to the Metro State campus, we want to learn more about the association and the industry, and encourage other students to attend the meetings of the local chapter, to become involved (to the extent that they are able) with committees and activities, and to attend the HSMAI Annual Meeting as a way to further their education while at the same time meeting and networking with industry leaders from across the United States.
- Leisa Thomas, President
- Jackie Sturniolo, Vice President
- Emily Stevens, Secretary
- Tracey Johnson, Treasurer
Contact : Professor Vannucci
Meeting Professionals International
Rocky Mountain Student Club (MPI-RMSC)
MPI is the largest, international association of planner and supplier professionals in the meeting and events industry. Student Club members have full membership privileges in the MPI Rocky Mountain Chapter, which consists of meeting and event planners, sales and operations managers from hotels, destination management companies, restaurants and a variety of other area suppliers. Student Club meetings are scheduled in conjunction with the regular monthly parent chapter educational and networking luncheons, giving students an opportunity to establish and maintain regular contact and participate in committees with practicing professionals, who are a source of potential internship and/or employment opportunities.
- Terra Zufelt, President
- Chad Marshall, Vice President (President-Elect)
- Leah Grotjohn, Secretary
- Alexandria Hatch, Treasurer
Contact: Professor Krugman
Metro State Chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association
Has a mission of connecting students with industry professionals, and creating opportunities for networking that lead to employment. Activities through the year include dinners with guest speakers at area restaurants, community involvement though volunteer service, and participation in local and state CRA activities. The Colorado Restaurant Association Metro State Chapter officers are:
- Lynnzi Winslow, President
- Brittany Hanson, Vice President
- Cory Morrison, Secretary
- Barkley Collinsworth, Treasurer
Contact: Professor Lamb
National Society of Minorities in Hospitality Student Chapter
The NSMH is the premier professional organization for minority hospitality students as it addresses diversity, multiculturalism, and career development of its student members. The NSMH provides events and programs that bring together college-level students with company sponsors, industry representatives, other hospitality organizations, advisors, and mentors. With respect to students and education, NSMH aims to be a total resource center, a resource for the industry to find dynamic talent as well as for students to find qualified answers to relevant questions and have a window to the industry that awaits them.
Through the leadership of Professors Gruhl and Moroye, in harmony with Metro State’s drive to become a Hispanic Serving Institution, the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality’s Metro State Student Chapter is now a reality.
- Nicole Jones, President
- Adrienne Graham, Vice-President
- Amber Mitchell, Secretary, Treasurer
Contact: Professor Moroye
Rocky Mountain Professional Convention Management Association (RMPCMA)
The purpose of the RMPCMA is to provide HTE students with opportunities to network with meeting and convention industry professionals to make valuable contacts which will give them real-world working experience and possible employment opportunities.
- Amber Mitchell, President
- Danielle Bell, Vice President
- Felicia Hotchkiss, Secretary
- Anna-Belle Burton, Treasurer
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Contact : Professor Vannucci
(previously Metro State Travel Society)
- Katherine Roehrich, President
- Kelsie Hutchinson, Vice President
Voluntourism is a PERFECT fit with the direction of the tourism industry..
Contact: Professor Sorensen