About NENA
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Jeff Lolli, President of NENA



North Eastern North American Federation CHRIE is the North Eastern region chapter of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education. The North Eastern Federation is comprised of 13 of the 50 United States & all of Canada: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador. Recently we added the rest of Canada!

Be sure to stop by our website at www.nenachrie.com to keep up on all the activities we have in store!


Dear NENA Members,

We invite you to our monthly Rise & Grind Zoom meetings. The meetings are held on the third Friday of each month and include a guest speaker and topic of interest each month.

NENA Rise & Grind Series 2022-2023

Date & time (EST)

Topic & description


December 2, 2022 @10:00 am

Active Learning: Maximize the classroom experiences

This session is a panel discussion on various active learning methods as fundamental to courses and how we could capitalize on this pedagogy for recruitment, retention, transferability, and competitive advantage.

Registration linkhttps://tinyurl.com/k76wuphb

Dr. Jennifer Forney at Jamestown Community College

Dr. Ya-Ling Chen at SUNY Brockport

Dr. Noel Criscione-Naylor at Stockton University

February 10, [email protected] am

Machine learning and artificial intelligence (Topic pending)

Registration linkhttps://tinyurl.com/yh49p4p2

Dr. Anthony Wheeler, Dean of School of Business Administration, Widener University

March 10, [email protected]:00 am

Industry Insight: E-Sports 101 

Registration linkhttps://tinyurl.com/nun3xwuh

Mr. Anthony Guad

April 14, [email protected] 11:00 am

Different association models and how their annual conference fits

This session will discuss the differences in Association Business Models (e.g., PCMA, MPI, ICHRIE)) and how their annual conference fits into their overall marketing and pricing strategy. The speaker will also discuss the shifting educational offerings from associations in a post-COVID world.

Registration linkhttps://tinyurl.com/2u8z7uc8

Dr. Kristen Malek at the University of Nebraska Lincoln



If you plan to attend, please register before the event via the link above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

See you soon!

Jeff Lolli

President of NENA


Dear NENA Colleagues,

The North East North American Federation (NENA) of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) proudly calls for nominees for the annual 2022 NENA Promise Award. The Promise Award recognizes students who excel scholastically, demonstrate leadership capabilities and community engagement, and for their overall potential for success in the hospitality/culinary industry.

The Promise Award will be awarded to two students in the NENA federation region, one undergraduate student and one graduate student. Each award will hold a $500.00 value, and is intended for the purchase of textbooks or school supplies to aid in the scholastic development of the student. The Award Winners will also receive a Certificate of Recognition and the Awards will be announced in the ICHRIE Publications.

Students can begin the application online this year by completing this form: https://forms.gle/zG3CccoEoQSQLfMZ8

Submissions must be received by November 18, 2022.

After the student application is completed, the faculty member that is requested by the student to serve as a reference will be emailed a link to complete a formal online recommendation for the student.  

The Award Recipients will be selected in December, and awards will be sent to the winners in January.  

Submissions will be sent to the scholarship committee members, via [email protected]. Specific questions should be addressed by contacting Joe Scarcelli ([email protected]). Partial submissions will not be considered.

The student information flyer and application form can also be found on the NENA Federation webpage, www.nenachrie.com.

Thank you for your consideration,

Joseph Scarcelli

NENA Treasurer & Promise Scholarship Committee Chair


Save the Date for our Annual Spring Conference

Conference Theme: Innovate Everywhere

The hospitality, tourism, and event industry has demonstrated a history of adaptability to survive and quickly regain growth, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Industry leaders and educators must recognize the strong link that exists between innovation and our ability to continue to move forward and create new opportunities. Innovation has manifested itself across the HTE industry in numerous ways and this year’s conference theme focuses on current and future innovation trends, technology, classroom pedagogy, and resources.

2023 NENA CHRIE Call for Submissions

Proposal Submission link: WILL BE LIVE SOON, STAY ON THE LOOK OUT!

Papers, posters, and proposals for professional workshops and/or instructional techniques in the classroom in all subspecialties of the hospitality, tourism, and events industry are invited for peer review and presentation at the 9th Annual NENA Federation of ICHRIE Conference March 31 - April 2, 2023, at West Virginia University. Preference will be given to those submissions that most closely relate to the conference theme; this regional conference offers a diverse array of opportunities for NENA members and non-members. All submissions must be through the conference platform. Please submit files in pdf format only and do not identify the author(s) in the body of the uploaded submission file (for blind peer review). Upload a separate file containing the title of the paper and the following information about each author: name and affiliation; address and phone number; and e-mail address. For papers with multiple authors, correspondence will be with the author submitting the paper.

Key Dates:

All key dates/deadlines provided below are in Eastern Standard Time (EST):
● January 17, 2023 -- Research Submissions deadline, 11:59 PM
● January 31, 2023 -- Submission Decisions
● February 17, 2023 – Revisions Due for Proceedings

Submission Tracks:

1. Paper Submission Track
a. Submissions may take the form of completed or working conceptual or empirical papers with a maximum length of 5,000 words excluding the title, abstract, figures, tables, and references. Common sections of the paper may include but are not limited to the introduction, literature review, methodology, findings, discussion, and conclusion; 100-word abstract, and four keywords. To submit a paper, you will need to submit ONE file in .pdf format with no identifiable information of the author(s).
b. Best paper nominees will have the option to submit their manuscripts to the International Journal of Gaming, Hospitality, and Tourism (IJGHT) or the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education (JHTE) for priority review to be considered for publication.
c. Track topics of interest include but are not limited to Consumer Behavior in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry; Education, Pedagogy, and Curriculum Development; Information and Communication Technologies; Sustainability and Green Technologies; Travel and Transportation, Trends in Event Management, Food and Beverage, Lodging, Crisis Management/Pandemic.

2. Poster Session
a. Research posters summarize completed or working research concisely and attractively. The poster should include brief text (300-800 words) mixed with tables, graphs, pictures, and other presentation formats. At the conference, the researcher will stand by the poster display while attendees visit the poster and interact with the author. STUDENTS ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT.
b. To submit a poster, you will need to submit ONE file in .pdf format with no identifiable information of the author(s) that includes a 100-word abstract, four keywords, and a 2-3 page narrative of the poster (the narrative should include the research rationale, background, key literature, data method, findings, and discussion/conclusion).

3. Rapid Research
a. The Rapid-Research is a format that is an exciting oral presentation style to support the conference theme. You will have three-five minutes to present your research idea, followed by two minutes for Q&A. Irrespective of how complex your research is, you must do this in the allotted time. In these presentations, the goal is to present to the audience only the essence of your research to gain insights, recommendations, and feedback. Your Rapid-Research submission should be directly aligned with the conference theme, "Innovate Everywhere”. To submit Rapid-Research, you will need to submit ONE file in .pdf format with no identifiable information of the author(s) that includes a 250-word abstract and four keywords.

4. Professional Development Workshop
a. A Professional Development Workshop allows colleagues to share knowledge and expertise and foster the professional development of participants. It is an opportunity to develop innovative and creative workshops that will benefit members with a specific focus on content that can be immediately applied.
b. To submit a workshop, you will need to submit ONE file in .pdf format with no identifiable information of the author(s) that includes the following information within 4 pages: 1) Title page which contains up to 250-word abstract of the workshop, 2) Explanation as to why the workshop should be of interest to conference attendees, 3) the workshop's format including time requirement and objectives, and 4) overview of the workshop.
c. Authors should be prepared to lead their workshop within a 60-minute time frame.

5. Instructional techniques or other innovative approaches in the classroom
a. This track is focused on instructional techniques and innovative strategies in the classroom. This includes structured activities, role plays, simulations, and other forms of classroom techniques that encourage student engagement in the achievement of course learning objectives. HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATORS ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT.
b. To submit an instructional technique or approach in the classroom, you will need to submit ONE file in pdf format with no identifiable information of the author(s) that includes 100-word abstract; introduction of the technique including rationale and relevance of the technique to the study of HET principles, theories, and/or management; learning goals with the corresponding audience (graduate/undergraduate); teaching notes (steps in the approach, timing, materials needed, student preparation); and debrief (includes student reaction to technique/approach, application in the classroom).
c. Authors should be prepared to demonstrate the instructional technique and/or innovative approach in the classroom within a 30-minute time frame.

NOTE: All submissions (except Rapid-Research) will undergo a double-blind review process. All author(s) will receive decisions with notice of acceptance, including comments and feedback from the reviewers. Author(s) should revise their submission as necessary. The revised final version will be included in the conference proceedings on the NENA Federation webpage.

Important Contacts:

● Any questions about the research aspect of the conference should be directed to the Director of Research, Noel Criscione-Naylor, [email protected]

● General questions regarding conference activities and registration should be directed to the Director of Conferences & Events, Jennifer Forney, [email protected]

● Questions regarding sponsorship opportunities or how to get engaged with NENA at this Conference and beyond should be directed to the NENA President, Jeff Lolli, [email protected]

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Rise & Grind - November 2022

Topic: Recognizing and Addressing Microaggressions in the Classroom and Community

Speaker: Dr. Jessica Sniatecki, SUNY Brockport

Link Coming Soon

Rise & Grind - 30 September 2022

Topic: The Role Faculty Can Play in Supporting Student Mental Health:  The September Surge   

Speakers: Jeff Lolli (Widener University), Angie Corbo (Widener University) and Donna Albano (Stockton University)  

Link to Zoom Playback  Link to Slide Presentation




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