The Niagara University student chapter of the Club Managers Association of America has been named the best in the nation for a sixth consecutive year. The announcement was made during the 88th World Conference on Club Management, held March 9 in San Antonio.
The recognition indicates that Niagara University has maintained the most outstanding student chapter in the United States for the time period of May 2008 through December 2014.
Niagara was selected ahead of 58 other chapters in the nation based on a series of factors, including the number and variety of educational programs offered, member employment and internships in clubs, membership growth, relationship with the state chapter of CMAA, and member attendance at events.
The winner of Student Chapter of the Year competition is awarded a $1,000 conference registration grant, courtesy of The Club Foundation. Additionally, a trophy, which is displayed at CMAA National Headquarters, lists the winning chapters’ name.
Students who join Niagara’s CMAA student chapter are required to complete a rigorous schedule of educational and networking events and to work at a club each summer between academic semesters.
Dr. William D. Frye, associate professor of hospitality and tourism management and student chapter advisor, noted that these requirements, in addition to the chapter’s significant membership growth and internship placements with top-rated clubs, helped the chapter win the title.
“Our students are held to the same expectations and standards of private club managers who are currently working in the profession,” he said. “This sixth consecutive award reaffirms the industry’s viewpoint that the Niagara University student chapter meets and excels at those standards and is the hallmark of excellence in education and professional development for club management students.”
The Niagara University CMAA student chapter focuses its efforts on education, professional development, networking, and placement in accordance with the CMAA’s mission of fulfilling the educational and related needs of its members.
The Niagara University CMAA student chapter was formed in 2006 and currently has 30 members.
The Club Managers Association of America is the professional association for managers of membership clubs. With nearly 6,500 members across all classifications, its manager members run more than 2,500 country, golf, city, athletic, faculty, yacht, town and military clubs. The objectives of the association are to promote and advance friendly relations among persons connected with the management of clubs and other associations of similar character; to encourage the education and advancement of its members; and to assist club officers and members, through their managers, to secure the utmost in efficient and successful operations.