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Southeast, Central & South American Federation

Ruth Smith

Bethune-Cookman University

It's a New Season!

As we reminisce about the year behind us, we must acknowledge and thank each other for achieving success in 2019. We happily welcome the year 2020 with much positivity, hope, and renewed success in higher education. Continuing the trend of SECSA member highlights, allow me to introduce Dr. Howook “Sean” Chang:

SECSA Member Highlight – Dr. Howook “Sean” Chang
Dr. Howook “Sean” Chang is an Assistant Professor in the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Florida International University.

Dr. Chang recently escorted a team of FIU students to the STR competition in New York. Students study and analyze a comprehensive set of reports and various data sets from STR for a major metropolitan market that they have chosen to examine. Following, they presented their findings to a panel of senior-level industry judges at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, where HX: The Hotel Experience is held. His team spent months researching and analyzing the Ft. Lauderdale tourism market and presented their analysis at the competition. Neeti Ayare, Iseul “Chloe” Ko, Tianyu “Bell” Pan, and Xin “Ivy” Wang as a graduate team from FIU Chaplin School accomplished the incredible achievement of coming in second place – whoo hoo!

If you are doing great things, or have a colleague you feel should be recognized, please reach out and let us know!

5th Annual ICHRIE-SECSA Federation Conference—‘Passion and Spirit’

We excitedly anticipate your presence at our 5th Annual ICHRIE-SECSA Conference, Friday, February 28 – Saturday, February 29, 2020, the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center in Auburn, Alabama. In addition to boasting a fantastic conference filled with passion and spirit, the event will take place at a AAA Four Diamond property, located downtown Auburn; rich in history and steeped in natural charm! Our program will feature several key presenters and workshops in both Research and Pedagogy. Join Dr. James May, Faculty Fellow for Innovation and Technology at Valencia College, for a hands-on, interactive session discussing a variety of FREE 21st Century teaching technologies and the Power Pedagogies that underscore their use. Not to be missed is Mr. Horst Schulze, consultant, and former Ritz Carlton President. Mr. Horst Schulze is a legend and leader in the hotel world, whose teachings and vision has reshaped the concepts of service and hospitality across industries. Ms. Peggy Berg, founder and president of the Castell Project, Inc. for more than 20 years, will present: Promoting Female Senior Leadership in the Hotel Industry.

Author per accepted abstract – January 19, 2020
For all other attendees – February 09, 2020
Final abstracts due – January 19, 2020
For full details of the Call for Papers, visit:

“Please visit our ‘One-Stop’ SECSA Conference 2020 Store online for all the information and resources you need to plan your conference visit successfully. The site includes information on conference registration, hotel reservation, keynote speakers, location and directions, things to do in Auburn, Alabama, and more. One-Stop’ SECSA Conference 2020 store:

Our first publication of our quarterly newsletter SECSA Heat is available on the ICHRIE Federations—Southeast, Central & South American Federation website. Now accepting submissions for our second edition.

Stay connected with the SECSA Federation and its members on LinkedIn and Facebook. LinkedIn group page: SECSA Federation and Facebook group page: SECSA Federation of ICHRIE.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you, and I appreciate any questions, concerns, or ideas that will benefit our growth and development. Have a great year in higher education!

Ruth Annette Smith, Ed. D

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