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North East North American Federation


Suzanne Bagnera
Boston University

Let your Pineapple Passion shine as a Holiday Tree!

As we wrap up the fall semester, we can put out our new holiday pineapple trees. Find a way to dress up your pineapple with mini ornaments and lights. Show off your creativity by tagging #pineapplepassion to show off your holiday spirit to our NENA Federation Facebook page (

Last month our federation came together in New York for the HX Experience weekend.  Between the educators and students there were a plethora of events to be enjoyed by all. We kicked off the weekend on Sunday morning as hosts of the HX GenFWD Conference with a session, “Event Planning—Beyond the Classroom” that was coordinated by Donna Albano. With our regional contacts, she led the committee to bring together David Adler, CEO and Founder of BizBash Media to serve as moderator of the industry panel. Experts included: Jon Henderson, Executive Producer/CEO of Good Time Tricycle Productions; Carin Sarafian, Sales & Marketing Director at Delmonico’s Restaurant Group; and Vikram Pradham, VP Revenue Management of Convene. Despite all of the registration price point challenges, the efforts that Donna put forth are to be commended, thank you!

We started our time together on Sunday evening, as we hosted the NENA CHRIE Experience in New York at HB Burger. There were over 40 members that provided energy and enthusiasm for the evening. Our re-occurring 50/50 raffle winners this year were Julia and Dennis Reynolds; proceeds from this donation helps to provide funding of the Promise Award scholarships on an annual basis. It was nice to be able to see friends from other federations and catch up.  

On Monday morning, NYU hosted the annual federation fall meeting and provided a delightful continental breakfast for over 20 members. Thanks go out to former president, Kirsten Tripodi for assisting in securing the keynote speaker, Nicole Mozeliak, Head of Operations— North America East & Israel at WeWork. We introduced our new Director of Industry, Haley Samsi (who replaces Nick Bayer of Saxby’s Coffee), interim Director of Member Services, Damien Duchamp and announced that Lynsey Madison will serve as our new interim Director of Education. The Promise Award scholarship process will commence on February 1st with an application deadline of March 31st. Our Vice President, Jennifer Forney, spearheaded the conversation about leadership changes in positions at NENA. Be on the lookout for an opportunity to share your input as the board makes the final decisions so they can be incorporated into the wording for the bylaw update, which must get approved by the ICHRIE board during the January meeting. Our Treasurer, Joseph Scarcelli, will be taking the lead on coordinating a Student NY Experience Committee, along with Theresa Lind, Jennifer Forney, and Damien Duchamp. A survey will be forthcoming to obtain feedback about what your school does with its students during the weekend. Our intention is to find a way to better engage with students on a larger scale opportunity. Our Immediate Past President, David Schweiger, is seeking nominations for candidates to fill positions: VP, Secretary, Directors of Research, Networking, Education (1-year term), and Member Services (1-year term).

We officially announced that Penn State will be hosting our annual regional spring conference.  Our hotel stay will be at Penn State’s historic Nittany Lion Inn during March 29-31, 2019. A conference committee has been established and is being led by Director of Networking, Theresa Lind.  Our Director of Research, Gilpatrick Hornsby, will be seeking volunteers to serve as reviewers.  The Call for Proposals has been officially opened with submissions due by January 11, 2019; please use this link to submit proposals: In addition to the traditional poster session, we have added a stand-up presentation submission and a rapid research session.  Look out for a conference registration link so we can begin to mix things up during “The Hospitality Blender: Mixing a High-Tech & High-Touch Approach in Teaching & Research.”

As you decorate your pineapples for the holiday season and wrap up the fall semester, I wish you luck as you finish your grading tasks. Enjoy the much needed break with family and friends this holiday season.

Happy Holidays,


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