Category / College of Hospitality & Tourism

Jan van Harssel

Dr. Jan van Harssel Partners with National Geographic on Book

March 17, 2014  |  by Michael Freedman

It isn’t every day that National Geographic comes calling to partner on an innovative geotourism book. Yet for Niagara University professor Jan van Harssel, Ph.D., that is exactly what happened. Dr. van Harssel, who has been teaching at Niagara for 25 years, recently completed a two-year project as lead author... Read on →

Career Fair

Hospitality and Tourism Career Fair Offers Students Pre-Graduation Networking Opportunities

February 20, 2014  |  by Michael Freedman

Close to 50 employers attended the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management’s annual Career Fair at Niagara University on Feb. 19. Companies ranging from Darien Lake Theme Park and Resorts to the world-famous Waldorf=Astoria Hotels & Resorts and New York Athletic Club were on campus to discuss job opportunities... Read on →

Student Lobby Day

NU Students Visit Albany to Lobby for Financial Aid

February 19, 2014  |  by Michael Freedman

Advocating for student financial aid isn’t easy. Just ask Matt Nadler and Kalene Faricellie. Last week, the Niagara University Student Government Association representatives, clad in their Sunday best, were excused from a day of classes – okay, that part wasn’t that bad – to traverse 300 miles to the state... Read on →

Dr. Gary Praetzel

Dr. Gary Praetzel Stepping Aside After 35 Years at NU

February 17, 2014  |  by Michael Freedman

Dr. Gary D. Praetzel, the man responsible for establishing Niagara University’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management and forging NU’s reputation as a worldwide leader in hospitality training, will retire at the conclusion of the academic year. Dr. Praetzel will continue serving the university as a special assistant to the... Read on →

Toast of the Town

Table Set for Dr. Praetzel’s Final ‘Toast of the Town’ as Dean

February 10, 2014  |  by Michael Freedman

“Toast of the Town,” an annual fundraiser for Niagara University’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, at the Twentieth Century Club of Buffalo (595 Delaware Ave.). It will mark the final “Toast of the Town” during which Dr. Gary Praetzel will... Read on →

Sport Management Swim Lessons

Sport Management Students Offer Children’s Swimming Lessons

February 7, 2014  |  by Michael Freedman

Last fall, Niagara University students enrolled in SPM 497 (Sport Based Youth Mentoring) organized a variety of outreach projects aimed at bringing sport and recreation opportunities to underserved children in Niagara Falls. As part of the class, each of the 15 students spent 30 hours volunteering in the community as... Read on →

Father Maher and Dr. Praetzel

Father Maher, Dr. Praetzel Deemed ‘Most Influential’ by Business First

February 7, 2014  |  by Michael Freedman

The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., Niagara University president, and Dr. Gary Praetzel, dean of the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, are among the 250 most influential people in Western New York, according to rankings published today in Business First. The weekly newspaper published its 2014 “Power 250” –... Read on →

Super Bowl

New Professor, 13 Students Head Downstate to Work Super Bowl

February 1, 2014  |  by Michael Freedman

An avid sports fan, professor Jimmy Smith, Ph.D., was ecstatic last fall when the dean of Niagara University’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management asked if he would chaperone its annual experiential learning trip to the Super Bowl. Dr. Smith’s anticipation grew exponentially on Jan. 19 when the Renton, Wash.,... Read on →


NU Students Spend Christmas Break Performing Community Service Stateside and Abroad

January 21, 2014  |  by Michael Freedman

In its simplest sense, Niagara University’s Brothers and Sisters in Christ program is a mission in support of the mission. B.A.S.I.C., as it’s more commonly known, requires students to abdicate their typically restful winter or spring breaks in order to work side-by-side with the poor in urban or rural areas... Read on →

Levesque Institute Appoints Faculty Service-Learning Liaisons

December 19, 2013  |  by Michael Freedman

The Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. Institute for Civic Engagement announces the appointment of four faculty service-learning liaisons for the 2013-2014 academic year. Professors volunteering to serve as the points of contact and facilitate service-learning communications within their respective colleges are Drs. Rachel Madsen (College of Hospitality and Tourism Management),... Read on →

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