Collaboration and Communication
I hope you had an enjoyable holiday break as you concluded 2014, and that the start of 2015 is going well.
January 2015 has been productive in the Central Federation. We held our board elections with the goal of filling open positions, and I am pleased to say that we are now operating with a full board.
The Illinois chapter hospitality career fair at DePaul, which was managed entirely by hospitality students, had nearly 100 recruiters present. Based on the preliminary feedback, the event was a hit. Chapter events such as this are a great way for schools in close proximity to interact with each other in a professional setting.
Connecting with ICHRIE members from schools within your own federation is a great benefit, but I encourage members to look up their colleagues from other federations when visiting destinations outside their own federation. This can be achieved by taking advantage of the search function within the members’ directory section of the ICHRIE website.
On a recent study-abroad trip to South-East Asia (Hong Kong, Macau, and Singapore), I arranged, through other ICHRIE members, tours of both the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hotel Icon at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. This was a wonderful learning experience for the students and was possible due to connections made through ICHRIE.
I would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Stefan Cosentino and Dr. Qu Xiao (President of Asia Pacific CHRIE). Both were instrumental in arranging the details of the tours and took time out of their days to interact with our DePaul students. It is acts of kindness like this that make me proud to be associated with ICHRIE. I hope to return the hospitality to them, and other ICHRIE members, on their future visits to Chicago.
One of our action items discussed during the federation meeting in San Diego was to increase collaboration and communication. Watch our social media channels for information on how you can help contribute to this initiative. Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/CHRIECentral) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/CHRIECentral) have been set up to initiate the communication, but we will be asking for your input, research, events, and stories to make this a success.
Keep an eye on your email for details of the Central Federation Alligator Hour, which will be during the National Restaurant Show in Chicago in May. This event is a highlight of the show, and as always, we will be conducting a raffle to raise money for, and awareness of, the CHRIE FutureFund.
Wishing you a prosperous 2015.