Hospitality Management 2019 Commencement Ceremony

Posted on 5/20/2019 3:51:31 PM

The 2019 Department of Hospitality Management’s annual commencement was held on Saturday, May 11. Chairperson Stephen Shiring, EdD, MBA, was the master of ceremonies. The department recognized the graduating senior class and presented the Allen M. Woods Alumni Achievement Award. 

2019 Department of Hospitality Management GraduatesFollowing introductions, College of Health and Human Services Dean Mary Williams, PhD, welcomed the students and their families, industry professionals, faculty, and honored guests. Chef Jeffrey Santicola, instructor, announced the May graduates, and Yasong Wang, PhD, associate professor, announced the August graduates. Nicole Buse, assistant professor, served as the event photographer. Administrative Assistant Sherry DiPaolo prepared the program.

The distinguished hospitality industry commencement speaker was Glenn Buse. Buse is a veteran of the multi-unit, multi-state, and international retail and hospitality industry with an expertise and passion for human resources, training, operations, and general management with an emphasis on startup and high-growth organizations with both company-owned and franchised stores. He is a member of the department’s industry advisory board.

Presenting the Allen M. Alumni Achievement Award was Bryan Marince ’79, director of Corporate Dining and Special Venues, Parkhurst Dining, Eat'n Park Hospitality Group. Marince is the 2018 Allen M. Woods Alumni Achievement Award recipient and was recently inducted in the inaugural class of the College of Health and Human Services Hall of Distinction representing the Department of Hospitality Management. In his current role, Marince oversees over 20 locations throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Ohio. His wide area of responsibilities includes sales, strategic planning, budgets, human resources, guest relations, standards review, contractual adherence, training, marketing, and direct client relations. Some of Marince’s clients include Highmark, PNC, Reed Smith, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He has served as a member of the department’s industry advisory board for over 20 years.

Receiving the 2019 Allen M. Alumni Achievement Award was Jason Fulvi ’89, president and CEO of Visit KC, the leading destination marketing organization for the Kansas City region. From the organization’s headquarters in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, Fulvi oversees a team of 47 who support a vital and growing component of the region’s economy through marketing, sales, and service of the convention and tourism industries—generating nearly 48,000 jobs and $5.5 billion in economic impact annually.

2019 HOSP Graduation 2019 ProfessionalsFulvi joined Visit KC in September 2018 from VisitPITTSBURGH, where he served for 16 years, most recently as the organization’s executive vice president. In this role, Fulvi was responsible for the key operations of convention sales, partnerships, sports development, research, and destination services, Fulvi became a certified destination management executive in 2007, a status recognized in the tourism and hospitality industry as its highest educational achievement.

Fulvi is active within several industry organizations, including the American Society of Association Executives and the Professional Convention Management Association. In July 2018, he was appointed chairman of the Destinations International Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering travel marketers. Fulvi has served as a member of the Department of Hospitality Management Program’s Industry Advisory Board for over 20 years.

The Allen M. Woods alumni achievement award was established in May 2017 and honors the recipient for his/her eminent achievements demonstrated—as of one or more than—the subsequent 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 profession
  5. Philanthropy and generosity—kindness—for those in need.

Allen M. Woods, professor emeritus, following a distinguished hospitality management career, joined IUP as an assistant professor in the newly created Department of Food and Nutrition. While at IUP, Woods oversaw the department’s growth from 70 students to over 500 students and four name changes to later become the Department of Hospitality Management. The name changes were necessary to keep the department in tune with the fast growth of the hospitality industry and the department’s mission. The department’s food production lab was named the Allenwood Cafeteria in 1981 in his honor. Woods passed away on July 17, 2018.

The Department of Hospitality Management is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration.