Spartan Students Shine at World Conference – Eli Broad College of Business _ Michigan State University

Spartan Students Shine at World Conference – Eli Broad College of Business _ Michigan State University

Spartan Students Shine at World Conference | MSU Broad College of Business

Spring break came a few days early for 24 students in The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University. Members of the student chapter of Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) traveled to Orlando, FL February 24 – 27 for the CMAA 84th Annual World Conference. For its large number of participants – the largest number at the Conference – MSU’s chapter was granted two free registrations to next year’s Student Conference in Chicago, IL, a $500 value.

But make no mistake: while the students enjoyed the warm weather and some of the Orlando-area theme parks, the trip was much more than a vacation. The students attended a variety of educational sessions at the conference, each providing insights into the successful operation of private clubs. There were also opportunities to network with club managers from around the globe.

The MSU students worked with their counterparts from the University of Central Florida as the Student Host Chapter, and students from both schools planned and organized a special student networking event Thursday evening and facilitated some of the conference sessions.

For their efforts, the CMAA provided the students tickets to a unique networking event at Harry Potter’s World of Wizardry in Universal Studios on Saturday, February 25. Valued at $250, each ticket came with generous appreciation for the chapter’s hard work and overall positive impression on the World Conference. On that evening, the park was opened to CMAA managers and students only, giving the groups an opportunity to enjoy themselves free of crowds and to forge bonds with fellow hospitality and private clubs professionals in a setting other than lecture sessions.

Before returning to campus, the MSU students also had the opportunity to meet with alumni of The School of Hospitality Business at the alumni breakfast on Sunday the 27th. The alumni shared their advice and insights with the students who aspire to their same career paths, and the students eagerly took their suggestions for career building steps to take during and immediately after college.

Finally, The School’s student chapter accepted the award in the Clubhouse category for Club of the Future, a competition among students from universities across the nation who presented their ideas about where the club industry will be heading in the next 10 to 15 years. Laurel Smith (BA ’12), Ali Howell (BA ’13), and Sydney Sims (BA ’14) capably represented The School as they discussed their winning idea of a solar roadway before an audience of industry professionals. The MSU student chapter of CMAA is proud to bring this award back to Michigan State as a recognition by club professionals of the hard work and commitment of The School’s students.

“What a great experience,” exclaimed Lucas Magnini (BA ’12), CMAA student chapter president. “We crammed so much into four days, worked so hard, learned so much, and are very proud to bring Buyessay testimonials home the award. But we’re also very grateful for the constant support from the faculty in The School, and the travel support we received from alumni which allowed so many of us to attend the conference.”