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Godwin-Charles Ogbeide
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Central CHRIE - The Next Level

It is an enormous responsibility and dedication to lead a federation loaded with talented and potential leaders like Central CHRIE. As the current president of Central CHRIE, I am very excited to inform you that Central CHRIE will be experiencing a lot of value-added changes over the next couple of years. The next level for Central CHRIE will expose Central CHRIE members to more opportunities and benefits.

As you may already know, some of the current benefits of Central CHRIE include the following:

  • Faculty internship opportunities with top international hotels
  • The monthly newsletter, CHRIE Communiqué, accessed through
  • Amazing networking opportunities for members
  • Advertising and marketing opportunities
  • Availability of mentors for members seeking mentor-mentee collaboration
  • Reduced conference rates on conference attendance
  • JHTR—the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research
  • JHTE—the quarterly award winning journal, which publishes articles on teaching, learning and assessment in the classroom
  • ICHRIE Research Reports and ICHRIE Johnson & Wales Case Study Competition—both opportunities to submit work
  • Discounts on industry products and programs

In addition to the above benefits, the Central CHRIE Board of Directors have approved to initiate the following this year:

  • Annual webinars
  • Central CHRIE Newsletter to be published at least three times a year
  • Inspiring awards for various members

Webinars: You will be invited to join a series of Central CHRIE webinars covering interesting best practices for hospitality and tourism educators. The webinars will cover various topics in hospitality and tourism management as suggested by members of Central CHRIE. The focus of the webinars will be faculty professional development, with special emphasis on ideas to enhance the hospitality and tourism teaching experience for faculty and students.

Central CHRIE Newsletter: The newsletter will be published at least three times a year. The contents of each newsletter will focus on hospitality and tourism best practices and current trends in various Central Federation industries, colleges/universities and any affiliated member organizations.

Inspiring awards: Central CHRIE Board of Directors have approved several awards for different membership categories. The awards were created to inspire and meet the needs various members. Some of the recommended awards include the following:

  • Mentor and University/College Challenge Award: for undergraduate students and their mentors
  • Conference Research Awards: multiple best paper awards
  • Sponsored Award: Events and Tourism award to be sponsored by a partnership organization
  • Domestic Hospitality and Tourism Organization Award: For a selected exemplary organization in the community of the Central CHRIE conference hosting institution
  • Best Research Paper of the Year Award: Open to any Central CHRIE member  
  • Industry Recognition Award: Open to any industry in Central CHRIE region
  • Young Educator Award: For Central CHRIE instructors less than five years at the job
  • Outstanding Teaching Achievement Award: For high school or 2-year college instructors
  • Outstanding Research Achievement Award: For instructors at least 10 years of active research beyond the terminal degree
  • Educator of the Year Award: For instructors with a minimum of 10 years of experience
  • The Central CHRIE President Award: This is the highest individual recognition a member of the Central CHRIE may receive. It is presented to a Central CHRIE member in recognition of the individual’s lifetime contributions and outstanding service both to hospitality and tourism education and to Central CHRIE. This award serves as a representation of what a true hospitality and tourism educators and leaders should be.

Each award was strategically recommended to help inspire and recruit more members to ICHRIE. The details of each award will be available on Central CHRIE website at As you may already know, the third annual Central CHRIE conference will be in held in Ames, Iowa (April 6-7). Depending on nominations and the qualification of the nominees, some of these awards will be offered at the conference. I am open to your suggestions about the awards and anything to help advance the value of Central CHRIE. Do not hesitate to send your suggestions directly to me via my email address: I look forward to receiving your remarks.  

The above are not the only interesting things going on in Central CHRIE. Save the date for DePaul’s Hospitality Career Fair. The event, which will be held on Friday, January 26, 2018 is open to students from around the Central Federation eager to interact with recruiters. Opportunities are available for all students, not just graduating seniors, who are looking for jobs or internships. For those students not actively searching for an opportunity, this is a great chance to learn more about local and global hospitality brands. Last year, the fair hosted 95 unique companies and we are aiming for the same total, if not more, this year. There is no cost for students to attend this event but we kindly ask that student attendees register. That way, we can ensure there is a nametag at the registration desk upon their arrival.


Federation Overview
Meet the Central Federation Board


April 6-7, 2018
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa









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