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Students, Faculty, and Alumni Join President’s Holiday Reception in New York City

Twenty-one students from the Department of Hospitality Management joined 60 students from the College of Business, departments of Fashion Merchandising, Journalism, and Theater, and the IUP Ambassadors, along with Stephen Shiring, faculty, and administrators to participate in the seventh annual IUP President’s Holiday Reception at the historic Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on December 6, 7, and 8, 2012.

Decorated for the holidays, the Waldorf-Astoria was dressed in spectacular splendor greeting the group and her other guests from all parts of the globe.

The alumni event featured a distinguished panel discussion, with four alumni hosted in the Louis XVI Suite.

Immediately following the panel discussion, IUP President Michael Driscoll hosted the alumni reception in the Peacock Alley. Shiring was called upon to say a few words about the Department of Hospitality Management. He recognized the hospitality alumni in attendance, and then introduced senior Abbey Derone, who thanked all of those in attendance for their support.

At the Andaz Hotel in New York City

While in NYC, the Hospitality Management students toured Hyatt’s new concept, the Andaz 5th Avenue at 41st Street. The students were hosted by Courtney McKenna ’98, human resources director. As a featured program of their walking restaurant tour of Chinatown and Little Italy, the students were hosted to a visit of DeLutro’s Cafe Palermo at 148 Mulberry St. by owner “Baby John” DeLutro, the “Cannoli King” of New York City. “Baby John” welcomed the students and spoke to them about his dessert shop and featured Italian pastry. He invited the students back to compete in Palermo’s famous cannoli eating contest, held during the Feast of San Gennaro in September each year.

In addition to the professional activities, the students accompanied President Driscoll to St. Bartholomew’s Church, where they donated food and supplies to the church’s kitchen and women’s homeless shelter. The students had ample time to absorb New York City, Christmas shopping in Times Square, visiting Little Italy and Chinatown, skating at Rockefeller Center, going to the “Top of the Rock,” sampling Junior’s Cheesecake, eating NYC pizza, and taking in many of the other fine NYC restaurants and sites.

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