Updates about Central Federation
Happy 2014! I hope you had an enjoyable holiday season and you were able to spend time with those important to you. As we welcome the New Year, the Central Federation is actively working to meet two objectives. First, we must fully fill our Central Federation Leadership positions. To accomplish this, we will be holding elections early in the first quarter of 2014 to fill the following vacancies:
- Vice President
- Director of Education
- Director of Marketing
Second, after the elections for the above positions are filled, the Central Federation leadership team will work on several initiatives to ensure the Central Federation reaches its full potential in both the short and long-term. Based on discussions among our existing leadership team, the following initiatives have been proposed and will be designed and/or implemented in 2014:
- Establish a workable leadership succession plan for the Federation to ensure board-level positions are continuously filled by ICHRIE members.
- Conduct an education symposium for academics and industry. This symposium is designed to enhance engagement with regional educators and industry practitioners. The symposium will focus on best practices, training protocols, classroom-based experiential learning methodologies, and current industry-based trends.
- Create a global curriculum practice and exchange. Through this initiative we will connect ICHRIE federation membership(s) through heightened dialogue and collaboration with exploration of international focused Hospitality and Tourism components that include, at a minimum, the following: student-student project-based learning, faculty-faculty research collaborations, and faculty-industry applied learning exchanges.
- Educational-based community engagement volunteer service project. Adopt a-school program for the purpose of sourcing early adoptive hospitality curriculum(s) and future student education needs and expectations.
We welcome and encourage each of you to send us your comments, thoughts and suggestions regarding our plan of work and initiatives. Our current leadership team would like you to know we are eager to add new members to the leadership team and get our plan of work underway. Your involvement and contributions are critical in this regard. Please participate in making our I-CHRIE Central Federation thrive, and feel free to reach out any of Central Federation leadership team at any time.
Until we meet in San Diego this summer, I wish you all a prosperous year ahead!Thomas Maier
Central Federation, President