Niagara University’s student chapter of the Club Manager’s Association of America was named Student Chapter of the Year by the organization at its 83rd World Conference in February. The student group, in only its third year of existence, was selected among 47 chapters based on a series of factors including 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.
Students who join Niagara’s CMAA 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 Frye, associate professor of hospitality and tourism management and club adviser, 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. “Receiving the award was affirmation and confirmation that the model is sustainable,” he said. “It proves to ourselves and to others that what we are doing will create successful opportunities for these 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.