Our industry appreciation awards recognize the dedicated, exemplary support provided to our students from the hospitality industry members-at-large.
The program’s industry appreciation awards are forever named after two distinguished retired faculty members: Donna Cauffiel and Ron Simkins.
In honor of them, there is a “perpetual plaque” located on the IUP Hotel, Restaurant, Tourism, and Event Management program’s website, which recognizes both Cauffiel and Simkins and the recipients of these annual awards.
Both Cauffiel and Simkins were instrumental in leading our department’s growth in student enrollment, earning professional recognition, and gaining the respect of our graduates from the hotel, restaurant, tourism, and event industry.
2021: Jamie Moore, Director of Sourcing and Sustainability, Parkhurst Dining, Eat’n Park
2019: Kenneth Lindley, Sales/Design/Project Manager, CSP, Curran-Taylor, Inc.
2018: Randy Gray, Talent Acquisition, Specialty Restaurant Group Manager, Darden Restaurant Group
2021: David Whetsel, CEC FMP, Culinary Director PASSHE West, Mid-Atlantic Region, Aramark
2019: Chip Gapshes, District Manager, Hoss’s Steak and Sea House
2018: Michael Tkach, Carminic Engineer, Homer Laughlin China Company
This award honors a member of the Industry Advisory Board for his/her unselfish, dedicated service to the department demonstrated by one or more of the following criteria (but not limited to):
To be considered for the award:
2021: Glenn Buse, Vice President of Human Resources, Blue Link Wireless
2020: Bryan Marince, Vice President, Western District for Parkhurst Dining Services, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Director of Corporate Dining, Parkhurst Dining.
2019: R William Jardine, Owner Jardine’s Farm Restaurant & Catering, Research and Development Chef, FoodService Innovators.
The Department of Hospitality Management’s "Allen M. Woods Alumni Achievement Award" honors the recipient for his/her outstanding achievements demonstrated as of one or more of the following criteria (but not limited to):
2021: Courtney McKenna ’98
2020: Pete Turner, ’00
2019: Jason Fulvi, ’89
2018: Bryan Marince, ’79
2017: Michael Caruso, ’80