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Greetings from the Eta Sigma Delta Board of Governors!

I am Kate Price-Howard from Troy University’s Global Campus, with our main campus being in Troy, Alabama. I will be representing ESD in the role of Director of Marketing this academic year and wanted to take this opportunity to introduce, thank, and welcome many of our members and highlight our upcoming events!
As we approach a new academic year and the Fall semester, we would not be able to continue thriving forward without the amazing team of outgoing board members who helped ESD become who we are today. A tremendous THANK YOU goes out to Ralf Burbach (ICHRIE – President), Godwin-Charles Ogbeide (Director of Marketing), Ruth Lee O’Rourke (Immediate Past Chair), and Andrea White-McNeil (SECSA).
While we are sad to see this team leave the board, this also gives us the opportunity to welcome the new members stepping in and stepping up to fulfill their forward progression. Please help me welcome the following: Chrystel Masdupuy (ICHRIE – President), Alessia Moretti (Euro CHRIE) from César Ritz Colleges Switzerland, Dr. Heather Lewis (SECSA), and myself as Director of Marketing. Heather and I both represent Troy University.

This year we have some exciting events lined up and wanted to get this information out to all chapters as soon as possible!
  • This fall ESD events will kick off with The International Travel Show in New York, New York from 26-28 October 2023. This event includes a networking and professional development event on Wednesday, 25 October 2023, and the New York City Tourism + Conventions Tour on Thursday, 26 October 2023. Registration is under ESD Events on the ICHRIE webpage!
  • In February 2024, we fly south to Miami, Florida for Eta Sigma Delta’s first Undergraduate Student Research Symposium at FIU (north campus) on 21 February 2023. This will coincide with the famous South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) hosted by FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. For those interested in the event industry, there are plenty of opportunities available to gain hands-on experience by volunteering for this event!
  • In May 2024, we will head to Chicago, Illinois for the National Restaurant Association Show from 18-21 May 2024. This will include a back-of-the-house show tour and many networking opportunities!
We hope that you will help us market these exciting international events for our ESD students, faculty, and affiliates and we hope to see you there!
Make sure to establish a chapter, if your college doesn’t already have one, and let this serve as a reminder to renew your current memberships as well. These are all exciting opportunities to increase industry awareness and engagement with your hospitality and tourism students!
Kate Price-Howard
Eta Sigma Delta Board of Governors

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Kate Price-Howard - Director of Marketing

Kate Price-Howard is an associate professor for Troy University for the School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management within the Sorrell College of Business and has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 35 years. Her work during these years was primarily at resort and property management companies, but also included academia, cruise ships, summer camps, and recreation therapy. She has experientially taught commercial recreation to college juniors and seniors in an internship setting as an agency supervisor for her own company, Go Play, Inc., since 2001. She is a board member of SECSA (Southeast, Central & South America Federation of ICHRIE), and a current member of Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, and Resort and Commercial Recreation Association, and recently became an editor for the Journal of Tourism Insights

Alessia Moretti - EuroCHRIE Representative

Alessia Moretti is an Academic Assistant at “César Ritz Colleges Switzerland”, a leader Institution in Hospitality and Culinary education. After the bachelor's degree in “Modern Languages and Cultures for the International Tourism” at University of Pavia in 2011, she worked some years in the Hospitality industry, first as a Front Desk Agent and later as an Assistant Front Office Manager. In 2020 she became Academic Assistant at “César Ritz Colleges Switzerland”, where in 2022 she joined the “Master of Arts in Hospitality and Tourism Entrepreneurship”, in partnership with the University of Derby. In April 2023, alongside her role as an Academic Assistant, she started to teach in the Bachelor program in Hospitality.

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2023 National Restaurant Association Show

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Have you registered for the ESD events at this year's National Restaurant Association's 2023 National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, Illinois, USA from 20-23 May 2023?? 

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