Hotel, Restaurant, Tourism and Event Management's Industry Appreciation Awards

  • Our industry appreciation awards recognize the dedicated, exemplary support provided to our students from the hospitality industry members-at-large.

    The Donna Cauffiel and Ronald Simkins Industry Appreciation Awards 

    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.

    Donna Cauffiel Industry Appreciation Award Recipients

    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

    Ronald Simkins Industry Appreciation Award Recipients

    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

    R. William (Bill) Jardine Industry Advisory Board Award

    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): 

    1. Demonstrated distinguished professional career and accomplishments
    2. Champion  and influencer in the “life” of the department, measured by contributions in the following areas:
      • Resource acquisition
      • Retention, job placement, and internships
      • Curriculum
      • Marketing (industry and department)
      • Relationship and bridging between the department and hospitality entrepreneurs

    To be considered for the award:

    • “Qualified” IAB applicants will be considered for nomination after completing five years of service on the board.
    •  IAB members can self-nominate or be nominated via communication using the established criteria with the Department of Hospitality Management and the IAB. All nominations will be accepted on a revolving basis.

    R. William (Bill) Jardine Industry Advisory Board Award Recipients

    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.

    Allen M. Woods Alumni Achievement Award 

    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):

    1. Demonstrated distinguished professional career and accomplishment
    2. Recognized community service and volunteerism
    3. Renowned mentoring impact on those following in their footsteps
    4. Celebrated locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally for their triumphs in their profession
    5. Philanthropy and generosity for those in need

    To be considered for the award:

    1. “Qualified” applicants will be considered for nomination after a minimum 10-year time frame following their graduation.
    2. Alumni from the Department of Hospitality Management, and all subsequent departments (IUP student, before 1965; Department of Institutional Management, 1965; Department of Food Service Management, 1971; Department of Food and Nutrition, Food Service Management, 1973; Department of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management, 1989; Department of Hospitality Management, 2003, and Hotel, Restaurant, Tourism, and Event Management, 2021.
    3. Alumni can self-nominate or be nominated via communication using the established criteria with the Department of Hotel, Restaurant, Tourism, and Event Management. All nominations will be accepted on a revolving basis.

    Allen M. Woods Alumni Achievement Award Recipients

    2021: Courtney McKenna ’98 

    2020: Pete Turner, ’00

    2019: Jason Fulvi, ’89

    2018: Bryan Marince, ’79 

    2017: Michael Caruso, ’80