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Lincoln Davie - PhD
Assistant Professor - Outdoor Recreation


303-615-5875



ldavie@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
HLC

Office Number:
209G

Office Hours:

Tuesday 9:30-12:00 & 12:30-3:00

Campus Box Number:
60


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James Drake - PhD
Assistant Professor - Hotel Management


303-615-1228



jdrake23@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
HLC

Office Number:
209L

Campus Box Number:
60


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Christian Hardigree - JD
Dean


303-615-7052



chardigr@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
HLC

Office Number:
209B

Campus Box Number:
60


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Bio:

Christian Hardigree is the Founding Dean at the MSU Denver School of Hospitality, Events, and Tourism.



Shinyong (Shawn) Jung

Shinyong (Shawn) Jung - PhD
Assistant Professor - Event & Meeting Management


303-615-1245



sjung3@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
HLC

Office Number:
209E

Office Hours:

Spring 2018

Monday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Friday 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Campus Box Number:
60


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Bio:

Shinyong (Shawn) Jung, Ph.D., joined the Metropolitan State University of Denver as an Assistant Professor of Events Management in 2017. Dr. Jung earned his Ph.D. in Hospitality Administration, MBA/MS in Hotel Administration from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management from Kyonggi University in South Korea.

Prior to joining MSU Denver, he obtained global industry experiences in the Hospitality and events industry with Shepard Exposition Services, UNLV Student Union & Event Services, Midas Convention Services in the U.S., and COEX Intercontinental Hotel in Seoul, South Korea.

Dr. Jung currently teaches Event Industry, Project planning, and Conventions and Tradeshows at MSU Denver. His previous teaching portfolio includes Introduction to the Convention Industry, Special Event Management, Event capstone, and Hospitality Facilities Management. A Special Event Management class he taught at UNLV appeared on Shepardes.com discussing his innovative hands-on classroom solution, where his students developed concepts and ideas, created an event website, and developed a presentation to showcase their plans to an actual association, named The Points West Show and School.

Dr. Jung’s research interests have been in the area of attendee/exhibitor satisfaction and loyalty, and sustainable operations in the various segments of events industry. He has published multiple refereed journal articles to top tier journals such as Tourism Management, Journal of Convention and Event Tourism, and An International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research (Anatolia). He received best paper award at the Academy of Global Hospitality and Tourism Conference, Seoul, South Korea.

Professional Certifications and Affiliations

  • Certified Hospitality Educators (CHE), AHLEI since 2015
  • Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA), AHLEI since 2015
  • Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) since 2015
  • International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) since 2017
  • Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA), 2009-2016



Eunjoo Kang

Eunjoo (EJ) Kang - PhD
Assistant Professor - Event & Meeting Management


303-615-1246



ekang2@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Hours:

Tuesday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  

Campus Box Number:
60


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Bio:

For more information about Kang, please visit her LinkedIn page



Scott Kerkmans

Scott Kerkmans
Instructor/Lead - Beer Industry Program


303-615-1230



skerkman@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
HLC

Office Number:
209K

Campus Box Number:
60


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Bio:

Scott Kerkmans currently teaches several beer related classes within the Beer Industry Operations Program, which he is the head of. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he coordinates the beer industry programs as well as professional relations with the beer industry. In the group of the first five Certified Cicerones in the world, Kerkmans is an expert voice in the world of craft beer and an advocate for beer education both at the professional level and in higher education. Kerkmans was a professional brewer for more than four years (most recently at Alaskan Brewing) and sold beer for a major beer distributor in over 80 on-premises accounts. A Nationally Certified Beer Judge since 2005, Kerkmans serves as judge and judge captain at the Great American Beer Festival annually. He helped found Draft Magazine and educated their editorial staff before being hired by Starwood Hotels as their Chief Beer Officer.

Kerkmans designed Starwood’s online beer training and education program for staff, used in more than 140 hotels, while also choosing beers used in Starwood’s hotel restaurants, hosted beer dinners, and led PR events around the world. Kerkmans is a leading professional educator for beer distributors, retailers, beer lovers, and brewers with his company Beer Conscious Training, where he has created eLearning, Video and In-person professional development courses.



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Jeffrey Koch
Lecturer - Restaurant Management


303-615-1231



jkoch10@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
HLC

Office Number:
209P

Campus Box Number:
60


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Jackson Lamb

Jackson Lamb
Professor - Restaurant Management


303-615-1233



lambjo@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
HLC

Office Number:
209M

Campus Box Number:
60


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Helle Sorensen

Helle Sorensen
Professor - Travel & Tourism Management


303-615-1235



sorenseh@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
HLC

Office Number:
209D

Campus Box Number:
60


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Ethan Tsai - PhD
Lecturer - Beer Industry Program


303-615-0272



etsai@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
TV

Office Number:
TIV 145

Campus Box Number:
60


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Michael Wray

Michael Wray - PhD
Professor - Restaurant & Beverage Management


303-615-1242



wraym@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
HLC

Office Number:
209C

Office Hours:

Wednesday - [11:00 to 02:00]
Thursday - [12:00 to 02:00]

Campus Box Number:
60


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Bio:

Dr. Michael Wray is a Professor of Restaurant Management at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Prior to coming to Denver, Michael lived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where he worked for several colleges teaching a variety of culinary and hospitality management classes. In addition to his collegiate teaching experience, Michael developed a love of fine cuisine through his work as a food and beverage director with Ramada Renaissance and Holiday Inn Hotels. His last property was the luxury Princess Royale resort hotel in Ocean City Maryland. His professional credentials include a Sommelier Diploma with the International Sommelier Guild, Certified Culinary Instructor, Certified Wine Specialist with the Society of Wine Educators, and Master Certified Food Service Executive.

As a Professor at Metro State, Michael has garnered a strong following of students that appreciate his interactive learning environment that fosters a love for food, wine, beer, and spirits in tandem. Locally, Michael has appeared numerous times in regional television and radio broadcasts, demonstrating his knowledge and creative abilities in food, wine and beer. Nationally he has appeared on www.wineliferadio.com, CNN, NBC National News, and Headlines News broadcasts discussing his innovative hands on classroom held at the Gold Medal winning Blue Moon Brewery at the Sand Lot in Denver. As a Chef and Sommelier, Dr. Wray is active in the food and beverage industry by consulting with companies in restaurant design, menu and recipe development. His food style reflects the best possibilities of cooking with beer, wine and spirits to maximize the components of beverages and food. He holds Bachelors in Nutrition and Foods from Virginia Tech, an MBA from Salisbury University and a PhD in Education Leadership at the University of Colorado, Denver.



Staff


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Susan Conder
Office Manager


303-615-1227



sconder1@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
HLC

Office Number:
209Q

Campus Box Number:
60


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Joseph LaViolette
Beverage Services Lab Coordinator


303-615-1243



jlaviole@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
HLC

Office Number:
205

Campus Box Number:
60


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Jason Rice
Food Services Lab Coordinator


303-615-5922



jrice26@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
HLC

Office Number:
141

Campus Box Number:
60


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Katie Strain
Beverage Analysis Lab Manager


303-615-7028



kstrain3@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Part-Time Staff

Office Location:
TV

Office Number:
145

Campus Box Number:
60


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Bio:

Check out this awesome article from Company Week on Katie and the Beverage Analysis Labs she manages! https://companyweek.com/company-profile/msu-denver-beverage-analytics/colorado



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Jimi Webb
Career Advisor & Business Development Coordinator


303-615-1240



jwebb28@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
HLC

Office Number:
209R

Campus Box Number:
60


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