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Dean: John T. Bowen, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Associate Dean: JeAnna L. Abbott, J.D., L.L.M., University of Houston
General Manager, Hilton University of Houston Hotel & Conference Center: Amer Rehman, B.S., University of Punjab
Senior Executive Director Capital Development Projects: Rodolfo Casparius, B.A., Universidad Ibero Americana
Executive Director Academic Services: Patty Godfrey, M.B.A., University of Houston, Clear Lake
Director-Placement Services: Mary L. Douglas, A.A., Sam Houston State University
The mission of the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston is to prepare individuals for industry management and leadership by providing a quality hospitality education and on-going professional development, as well as to be recognized globally as a premier learning environment through teaching, research, and service excellence.
The Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management was established to meet the demand for professional education in the increasingly complex hospitality industry. To satisfy this demand, the college prepares students for effective and profitable management roles in their chosen careers and offers a cultural experience that will aid them in taking their places as productive members of society.
Hotel and restaurant management requires a diversity of skills from many disciplines, including accounting, computer science, economics, law, mathematics, and psychology. For this reason, the college emphasizes broad information skills, flexibility in abstract problem solving, and in-depth studies of specific disciplines.
The curriculum prepares students to deal with changing business conditions and presents both theoretical and practical approaches to the diverse needs of the hospitality industry. In support of this goal, faculty members are selected from appropriate academic disciplines and from the professional community on the basis of their knowledge, teaching skills, and practical experience.
The college is located in the $22.6 million Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management complex. It is considered to be the finest training facility in the world for hotel and restaurant management, offering students the most sophisticated equipment available.
The facility includes an 86-room hotel with 22 meeting and conference rooms, food service production and service areas, two full-service restaurants, three large banquet rooms, a faculty club, an industry archive and library, and laboratories for facilities management, management information systems, quantity food service preparation, hotel operations, and product evaluation and testing.
Classrooms and seminar rooms are furnished with closed-circuit television and data processing equipment. The location of faculty offices near classrooms ensures informal communication between students and faculty.
The hotel and conference center, as well as the classrooms and public areas, recently completed a $5 million renovation thanks to the generosity of the Hilton Foundation.
Don Sanders and Kathy Sanders Interactive Studio for Global Education
This state-of-the-art television/interactive studio allows the Conrad N. Hilton College to broadcast classes and seminars not only around the state of Texas, but anywhere in the U.S. and even internationally. Students have the opportunity to take a class live in the studio and interact with other students who are elsewhere.
Hall of Honor
The Conrad N. Hilton College houses the Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor and Archives. This unique facility provides the opportunity to learn from the leaders who built the industry. Displays feature historic information, personal and corporate memorabilia, and other items of interest. Each fall, a gala event brings industry leaders to the College for an annual induction ceremony.
Fred Parks Wine Cellar
The Fred Parks Wine Cellar is a state-of-the-art wine cellar and teaching laboratory. It was designed and dedicated to promoting knowledge in the wine industry among hospitality management students. The wine cellar contains an impressive collection of rare and collectible wines featuring over 1000 bottles from the early 1900s to contemporary vintages.
One of the goals of the Wine Cellar is to become an international resource center and a world repository for research, education, and training in the study of wine and beverages.
Library and Archives
The Conrad N. Hilton College maintains one of the largest hospitality industry libraries and archives in the world. The library holdings include an extensive collection of periodicals, electronic reference databases on CD-ROM, hospitality-related texts and videotapes, and over 7,000 cookbooks.
The archives are the official repository for the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) audio-visual materials and historic trade publications. They include corporate papers and memorabilia from Hall of Honor inductees Conrad N. Hilton, J.W. Marriott, Barron Hilton, Lord Charles Forte, Vernon Stouffer, Curtis Carlson, Ray Kroc, Kemmons Wilson, Ellsworth Statler, Walt Disney, Bill Marriott, Howard Johnson, Robert Crandall, Paul Dubrule, Gerald Pelisson, Robert Dedman, Isadore Sharp, Col. Harlan Sanders, Preston Robert Tisch, And Laurence A. Tisch.
The Conrad N. Hilton College offers students enrolled in the program access to state-of-the-art computing facilities within the college. The college's computer laboratories comprise three individual computing laboratories with secured access to all university on-line materials, Internet and World Wide Web resources, basic office automation and presentation tools, and hospitality specific applications.
These facilities, coupled with systems used in the Hilton University of Houston Hotel operation and the integration of technology into the curriculum of the program, give our students the unique opportunity to gain a high degree of expertise in the use of technology germane to the hospitality industry. For more information on the college's computing facilities, visit the college's Technology Research and Education Center website at the following web address: http://www.hrm.uh.edu/trec
Institutes and Centers
The College is home to a variety of institutes and centers that meet the needs of both students and the hospitality industry. Institutes and Centers housed in the college include the NACE Catering Research Institute, the Gaming Education and Research Institute, the Technology Research and Education Center, the Tourism Industry Institute, the Hospitality Industry Diversity Institute, the Loss Prevention Management Institute, and the Wine and Spirits Management Institute.
A number of competitive scholarships and awards are funded by the hotel, restaurant, and hospitality industry. Applications are available each December online at www.hrm.uh.edu. Deadline each year is March 1.
For information, write:
University of Houston
Conrad N. Hilton
College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
229 C.N. Hilton Hotel and College
Houston, Texas 77204-3028
Membership in organizations is open to all students in the college.
Association for Culturally Diverse Students (ACDS)
Acquaints students with career opportunities in the hospitality industry and provides a network among students and minority hospitality professionals.
Club Management Association of America (CMAA)
The primary objective of CMAA is to enhance awareness of the field of club management, including country, city, yacht, health, and athletic club facilities, and to foster a strong working relationship with club operators and managers.
Eta Sigma Delta (ESD)
A hospitality honor society which recognizes academic achievement within the college. Students who complete a certain number of hours and whose grade point average ranks within the 20th percentile of HRM students are invited to join this hospitality honorarium.
Graduate Student Association (GSA)
Provides a voice for hospitality management graduate students and acts as a liaison between the students and faculty. The organization provides a vehicle for graduate students' educational and social enrichment.
Hospitality Financial & Technology Professional-Cougar Chapter (HFTP-CC)
Aims to enhance the understanding and knowledge of hospitality accounting through networking with local hospitality controllers, meetings, tours, discussions, programs, and symposiums.
Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association (HSMA)
Educates its members on the function of sales and marketing in the hospitality industry and provides the opportunity to network with leaders in the professions and to gain practical experience by participating in sales and marketing events.
Hotel Management Society (HMS)
Provides students with opportunities for personal and professional development, exposure to hospitality professionals, involvement with community projects, achievement through academic support, and an environment which cultivates lasting friendship.
International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA)
Promotes leadership and creates an intellectual climate to advance the interchange of hospitality ideas and ideals. By gaining a better understanding of the professional and practical requirements of food service management, students can better prepare themselves for the competitive world.
Pan American Student Organization (PASO)
Promotes cultural awareness throughout the hospitality industry as it relates to the Latin American community and promotes job opportunities for hospitality students in Latin American countries.
Members are thoroughly trained in all aspects of formal service and also act as ambassadors of goodwill for the college and the university at formal functions throughout the Houston community. Applicants are interviewed and carefully selected to become members.
Texas Restaurant Association-Cougar Chapter (TRA-CC)
Strives to attract students to the hospitality industry through an increased awareness of food and beverage operations and a behind-the-scenes practical look at the industry's offerings.
Women in Hospitality Professions (WHP)
Brings students together with professional women in the hospitality industry. Students are provided with the opportunity to participate in other women-oriented hospitality professional organizations.
Frank Borsenik (Visiting), Clinton L. Rappole
Associate Professors JeAnna L. Abbott, Stephen C. Barth, William N. Chernish, Agnes L. DeFranco, Nancy S. Graves, Ronald A. Nykiel
Cary Countryman, Morgan Geddie, Faye Hall-Jackson, Heidi Sung, Karl Titz
Adjuncts and Lecturers
Rodolfo R. Casparius, Glenn Cordua, Raymond C. Ellis, Patty Godfrey, William R. Graves, Ron L. Jordan, Thomas Lattin, James E. Madget, Kathy Patnaude, Kevin S. Simon, M.L. Smith, Robert Southwell, Laura Sutherland, Mary Wollin, James Wortman
For applications and admissions information:
Office of Admissions