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Southeast, Central & South American Federation


Miranda Kitterlin-Lynch
Florida International University

A Great Conference Hosted
by the University of South Florid—Sarasota-Manatee!

It was great seeing so many of you at our SECSA conference in Sarasota!  Many thanks to the University of South Florida – Sarasota-Manatee faculty and staff for hosting such an unforgettable event.

Elections for officers are coming soon!  Please consider nominating yourself, or a colleague. We need individuals willing to keep SECSA going strong!  Open positions for the coming term include: Vice President, Secretary, and Directors of Research, Membership, and Education.  Nominations should be emailed to me before March 30 to be added to the slate.

Save the dates to join us in New Orleans, LA, this summer, July 24th through the 26th! See the ICHRIE website for details.

SECSA Member Highlight –
Dr. Marissa Orlowski

Dr. Marissa Orlowski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Foodservice & Lodging Management at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida. She earned her Ph.D. in Hospitality Management, as well as a Certificate in Advanced Quantitative Methodologies in Educational and Human Sciences from UCF, her M.B.A from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and her B.A. in Hospitality Management from Michigan State University. Prior to starting her academic career, she spent over 15 years in industry managing restaurant, bar, and catering/event operations for companies like Walt Disney World Parks & Resorts and The Cheesecake Factory.

Dr. Orlowski’s research interests fall in the broad area of food and beverage, which she approaches from both the consumer and organizational perspectives. She is currently working on a number of beverage research studies, including packing perceptions, gender-based stereotypes, and a project supported by the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. As well as publishing her research, Dr. Orlowski is the Assistant Editor for the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management.

In addition to her CHRIE membership, Dr. Orlowski is active in the U.S. Bartender’s Guild (USBG), where she currently serves as a Voting Member of the National Master Accreditation Committee and is working to re-design the Master Mixologist certification. She has also served at the local level as the Orlando Chapter Secretary and the 2017 National Education Week Chapter Lead. As Dr. Orlowski teaches Beverage Management and Fine Spirits Management, these roles allow her to remain connected to the beverage industry and supplement the professional experience she brings to classroom.

Don’t forget to connect with the SECSA Federation and its members on LinkedIn and Facebook.

LinkedIn group page: SECSA Federation and Facebook group page: SECSA Federation of ICHRIE (‘Ichrie’ on the FB site).

As always, I welcome any SECSA member to feel free to reach out to me (, so that we can chat about our future together.

Miranda Kitterlin-Lynch, PhD
Associate Professor, Florida International University
SECSA Federation President

Federation Overview
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SECSA bylaws

2018 SECSA Conference Call for Papers

2016 Conference Proceedings
2017 SECSA Conference Proceedings
2018 SECSA Conference Proceedings

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