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Jean Hertzman
New Mexico State University

Where Does the Time Go?

I don’t know about the rest of you, but this semester has flown by. It seems like just a short time ago when we were celebrating the recognition of our colleagues at the ICHRIE conference in New Orleans and announcing the call for papers for our upcoming West Federation CHRIE conference at the Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona in February. Now I am already writing for the December Communique and it is almost time for Thanksgiving, finals, and winter break.

By the time this is published, you will have received your decision on your presentation submission for the February conference. We received an impressive 62 submissions. We apologize that they went out a little late. Between extending the deadline and our tireless Director of Research, Saehya Ann, having to deal with the Northern California power outages, it could not be avoided. I appreciate all the hard work of Saehya and those of you who performed reviews and look forward to giving out our first ever award for the Best Proposal Reviewer along our Best and Most Innovative Proposal awards, sponsored by University of Houston. With the high quality of the submissions, it will be very difficult to decide on the winners.

We hope everyone that submitted proposals will be able to attend and welcome all others from near and far to join us in Pomona for what is shaping up to be another fantastic show of the wonderful teaching, research, and service that we are all doing. We start with a reception on Thursday, February 6 and will end at 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 8. Lea Dopson has arranged for two keynote speakers - Michele Gendreau from Disney and Bridget Bilinski from Marriott International. And no trip to Southern California is complete without an excursion to Downtown Disney. That will be on Friday with the transportation included in the conference fee. Details on the optional dinner there will be available soon.

All information about the conference is available on our website:

Early bird conference registration is already available at this link: Early Bird rates last until January 6 and start at $189 for Full-time faculty/industry ICHRIE members, $129 for adjunct faculty, secondary instructor or retired ICHRIE members, and $119 for student ICHRIE members. Conference hotel accommodations at special rates are available at DoubleTree by Hilton Pomona OR La Quinta by Wyndham. Both are just minutes from The Collins College.

I hope everyone has a wonderful end of the semester and that you relax and enjoy the holidays with family and friends. We have so much to be thankful for.


Federation Overview
Meet the West Federation Board


Call for Proposals
Conference Scholarship Information



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