Alumni Gathers, Red Lobster COO, Visits Department of Hospitality Management

Posted on 10/21/2019 4:15:30 PM

Tom Gathers, ECP, chief operating officer at Red Lobster Seafood Company and IUP alumnus, visited the Department of Hospitality Management on Friday, October 4, 2019. The meeting focused on curriculum, industry trends, and the acquisition of resources to aid in the renovation of the Allenwood Lab, the department’s commercial food production kitchen and dining areas within Ackerman Hall.

Tom Gathers, guests, and members of the Department of Hospitality Management in front of Ackerman Hall

Guests Pictured: Bill Jardine, retired corporate chef, food broker, owner, Jardine’s Restaurant and Catering; Ron Simkins, professor emeritus, Hospitality Management; Bryan Marnice, vice president, Western District for Parkhurst Dining Services, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, director of Corporate Dining;  Leslie Angert and Joe Avi, Pittsburgh Brewing Company; Senator Joe Pittman, Pennsylvania State Senator, 41st District; Representative Jeffrey Pyle, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 60th Legislative District; Tim Sweitzer, director of Food and Nutrition, UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside; Pete Turner, regional sales manager, Kunzler Food Service; Scott Gibbs, general sales manager, Homer Laughlin China Co.; and Ken Lindley, Curran-Taylor, Inc.

IUP Attendees Pictured: Chef David Whetsel, CEC, FMP, district executive chef, Aramark, Mid-Atlantic Region, Higher Education; Sylvia Gaiko, PhD, dean, College of Health and Human Services; Emily Smeltz, development officer, College of Health and Human Services; Stephen Shiring, EDD, MBA, chairperson, Department of Hospitality Management; Yasong (Alex) Wang, PhD, associate professor; Chef Jeffrey Santicola, FMP, CCC, MSEd, instructor; Nicole Buse, MA (alumna), assistant professor; and Chef Joshua Truitt, instructor.

The Department of Hospitality Management is the premier hotel, restaurant, tourism, and special event undergraduate program in the region and the largest program in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The Department of Hospitality Management is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Education (ACPHA).