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Dean: John T. Bowen, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Associate Dean of Academics: Carl A. Boger, Jr., Ph.D., Purdue University
Associate Dean of Research: Stowe Shoemaker, Ph.D., Cornell University
General Manager, Hilton University of Houston Hotel & Conference Center: Ed Carrette, B.S., University of Houston
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 ongoing 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 at the University of Houston was established in 1969 by one of the most iconic names in the hospitality industry, Conrad N. Hilton. Consistently ranked one of the top hospitality programs in the world, our students benefit in countless ways from industry connections 40 years in the making, including twice yearly job fairs, a wide range of internship opportunities, and a well-placed alumni network. The Hilton College offers a specialized business degree that prepares students for careers in the world's top hotels, restaurants, resorts, casinos, and clubs. Upon graduation, Hilton students typically have their choice of job opportunities in the United States and abroad and always have a solid foundation for post-graduate work.
The Hilton College is located in a $22.6 million complex which includes an 86-room Hilton Hotel, a convention center with 40,000 square feet of diverse meeting space that includes three large ballrooms and two full-service restaurants. The facility also houses the Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor, five hospitality related institutes and, in Fall 2009, the new Massad Family Research Library and Hospitality industry Archives will be open to students, faculty and industry professionals alike. A food service production area, a student-run gourmet coffee house, a product evaluation and testing laboratory, demo kitchen and computer labs are also an integral part of this unique teaching complex. In addition to serving the public with our professional facilities and staff, the hotel acts as a training laboratory for Hilton College students.
This state-of-the-art television/interactive studio allows the Conrad N. Hilton College to broadcast classes and seminars around the world, which gives students the opportunity to take a class live in the studio and interact with students from other hospitality colleges.
The Conrad N. Hilton College houses the Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor which recognizes those leaders in the hospitality industry who have made extraordinary contributions to American business, international business and society. Permanent displays in the Hall of Honor, the Leaders Gallery and the Hospitality Archives memorialize the inductees' achievements and leadership-providing a lasting tribute to the companies they conceived and built during their lifetimes. Each October, an industry recognition event brings industry leaders to the College for an annual induction ceremony and dinner that is produced and managed by a student board of directors.
The Fred Parks Wine Cellar is a state-of-the-art wine cellar and teaching laboratory that is dedicated to promoting knowledge of the wine industry among hospitality management students. The wine cellar contains an impressive collection of rare and collectible wines featuring over 1,000 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 spirits.
In Spring 2007, the Fred Parks Boardroom opened to extend this mission. In addition to displaying some of these wines, this room will serve as the fine dining venue for the University and provide our students another opportunity to exhibit their skills and creativity.
The Conrad N. Hilton College maintains one of the largest hospitality industry libraries and archives in the world. Built in 1989 through a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the Library offers a noncirculating collection of more than 12,000 hospitality industry resources and references. Books, magazines, journals, audiovisual sources, corporate communications, graduate papers, and online databases address a number of hospitality areas of interest, including: catering, club management, cookbooks, facilities management, food and beverage, gaming, hospitality law and finance, hospitality leadership biographies, oral history transcriptions, lodging, nutrition, safety and sanitation, and travel and tourism.
During Fall 2009, this library and archives will undergo an expansive renovation and be renamed The Massad Family Research Library and Hospitality Industry Archives, thanks to a generous donation from Nick Massad, a 1973 graduate of the Hilton College and his family. In addition to a complete remodeling of the library, the $2.5 million project also includes a major investment in new technology and an improvement to the library's extensive hospitality industry archives.
The archives are the official repository for the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) audiovisual materials and historic trade publications. They also include corporate papers and memorabilia from such industry luminaries as 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 access to state-of-the-art computing facilities within the College. The three computing labs provide secure access to all University online materials, Internet resources, basic Office automation and presentation tools, and hospitality specific applications.
These facilities, coupled with systems used by the Hilton University of Houston Hotel give our students the opportunity to gain a high degree of technical expertise that is germane to the hospitality industry.
The College is home to two national research and information centers, two university institutes, and a center of excellence that meet the needs of both students and the hospitality industry. Institutes and centers housed at the College include: The American Hotel and Lodging Association Information Center, the Hospitality Financial and Technical Professionals Research Institute, the Hospitality Industry Diversity Institute, the Wine and Spirits Management Institute, and the Gaming Education and Research Institute.
A number of competitive scholarships and awards are funded by the College and hospitality industry. Applications are available each year from November 1 through March 1 for the following academic year. Applications are only available online at www.hrm.uh.edu/scholarships.
For information, write:
University of Houston
Conrad N. Hilton
College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
229 C.N. Hilton Hotel & College
Houston, Texas 77204-3028
There are 14 student organizations in which students can become involved. These include:
For more information on these organizations, visit www.hrm.uh.edu under Prospective Students portal and click on Academics.
JéAnna L. Abbott, Stephen C. Barth, Agnes L. DeFranco, Douglas C. Keister (Emeritus), Clinton L. Rappole (Emeritus)
Ki-Joon Back, William N. Chernish (Emeritus), Nancy S. Graves, Ronald A. Nykiel, Karl Titz
Glenn Cordúa y Cruz (Visiting), Mary Dawson, Nicolas Graf, Thomas W. Lattin (Visiting), Juan Madera, Jay A. Neal, Philip Ruthstrom, Joanne Jung-Eun Yoo
Richard Arnold, Joe Bendy (Adjunct), Joan Brecunier (Adjunct), Cassandra Caldwell, Shelley Clark, Simone Doudna, Edward Dramberger, Christopher Franklin, Patrick Goral, Josef Hermans, Alexis Hoey, Abbas Jaffari, Ron L. Jordan, Ken Kaser, Calvin Martin, Erin Kenyan Oeser, Arlene Ramirez, Gloryvee Ramos, Eve Ruhlman, Kevin S. Simon, Ken Smith, Kirk Smith, Rudy Soliz, Monique Studak, Laura Sutherland, Lydia Westbrook, Stephanie Witowski, James Wortman, Angie Yoo
Catalog Publish Date: August 21, 2009
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