Statler Foundation Grant Will Enrich Programs in Niagara University’s College of Hospitality & Tourism Management

December 21, 2009  |  by Michael Freedman

Niagara University’s College of Hospitality & Tourism Management was awarded a $125,000 Statler Foundation grant to support student recruitment efforts, add on-campus educational opportunities and experiences, and expand upon its international programs, which include work-abroad programs in Lake Como, Italy, and in Cusco, Peru. It will also enable the college to implement an international dual degree program with the International University of Applied Sciences in Bad Honnef, Germany, to enhance the marketability of graduates.

“What separates our program from other programs across the country is our almost seamless relationship with industry,” noted Dr. Gary Praetzel, dean of the college. “We provide our students annually with approximately 12 industry excursions and we work hard to deliver the best possible experiential opportunities available to our students.” According to Praetzel, the grant will facilitate these kinds of opportunities, including the development of an on-campus conferencing initiative that will provide students with practical sales and operations experience during summer events that require housing.

Niagara University’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, a founding member of the Leading Hotel Schools of the World, offers a range of programs in lodging, foodservice management, tourism, recreation & sports management, and entrepreneurship. For more information, contact the college at 716.286.8270 or ude.aragainnull@nap.