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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: Fernando Cuéllar, B.S., Oklahoma State University
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 comprised of a 370,000-square-foot facility that includes the Hilton University of Houston, two full-service restaurants, a demo kitchen, testing laboratories, computer labs and classrooms. The complex also houses the Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor, five hospitality industry institutes and the new Massad Family Library Research Center and Hospitality Industry Archives. In addition to the hotel being an experiential learning laboratory where students apply theoretical subject matter to practical experiences, students have first-hand learning opportunities in the College's student-operated Cougar Grounds coffee house, Barron's Restaurant and in the production of important annual College events such as Gourmet Night and Hospitality Hall of Honor Week.
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. Rotating displays in the Hall of Honor 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 serves as the fine dining venue for the University and provides our students another opportunity to exhibit their skills and creativity.
The Conrad N. Hilton College maintains one of the largest hospitality industry archives in the world. Built in 1989 through a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the space recently underwent a $1.5 million renovation thanks to Nick ('73) and Vicki Massad (Hon. '03) of Houston-based American Liberty Hospitality. The Massads' donation was the largest gift ever presented to the College from a source other than the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. 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 new 4,000-square-foot Massad Family Library and Hospitality Archives, which opened in February 2010 and was designed by Fernando Brave of Houston-based Brave Architecture, contains more than 7,000 resources and references for students and visitors, including books, cookbooks, magazines, journals, graduate papers and corporate-communications materials. The collection covers numerous hospitality fields, including food and beverage management, catering, facilities management, gaming, lodging, nutrition, travel and tourism and industry-leader biographies. The library also has three private study rooms with projectors, four computer kiosks with access to numerous research databases, wireless Internet and an adjacent computer lab. A copy machine and scanner also is available. In addition, students and faculty can access hospitality-specific electronic collections on and off campus.
The Hospitality Industry Archives-a unique and wide-ranging collection of corporate papers, historical documents, photographs, film and memorabilia-attract scholars, educators, hospitality-industry professionals and media outlets from around the world. The archives, prominently displayed within the Massad Family Library Research Center, are the official repository of the hospitality industry and offer a telling glimpse into the industry's history and growth. Today, the College's Hospitality Industry Archives include more than 500 linear feet of material, much of it devoted to the history of Hilton Hotels corporation and Hilton International. The Hilton collection provides an in-depth look at the evolution of the Hilton brand, from its modest beginnings in the early 20th century to its recent acquisitions of hotel chains such as Doubletree, Embassy Suites and Hampton Inn & Suites. In addition, the archives include reports, memorabilia, advertising, publications and more for other hospitality companies, such as Marriott International, Howard Johnson, Walt Disney and Carlson Hospitality Worldwide.
News outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, as well as historians, authors and scholars, all have relied on these archives to provide a rich, thorough history of the industry. The archives have contributed to books on hotel history, scholarly articles and news reports - even producers of the television show "Mad Men," which is set in the 1960s, have turned to the College's archives for research.
The Conrad N. Hilton College has two open computer labs and one computer lab adjacent to the Massad Family Library Research Center and Hospitality Archives. Two of the labs have 20 computers each, and one lab has 18. The computers have Microsoft Office, computer-based training courses, statistical software and nutritional-analysis applications. The labs also offer wireless Internet access.
These facilities, coupled with systems used by the Hilton University of Houston 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 Current Undergraduate Students and click on Academics: Student Organizations.
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, Jason Draper, Thomas W. Lattin (Visiting), Juan Madera, Jay Neal
Anthony Catarina, Shelley Clark, Greg Eilmann, Suzanne Gibson, Abbas Jaffari, Liza Jascolt, Ron L. Jordan, Camille Kapoor, Ken Kaser, Erin Kenyan Oeser, Gloryvee Ramos, Kevin S. Simon, Lydia Westbrook, Stephanie Witowski, James Wortman, Mark Young
Joe Bendy, Simone Doudna, Christopher Franklin, Tom Gorin, Doug Hall, Josef Hermans, Alexis Hoey, Nathan Jarvis, Craig Lindberg, Martin Luk, Marty Price, Dirk Smith, Rudy Soliz, Monique Studak, Nicole Vermolen
Catalog Publish Date: August 18, 2011
This Page Last Updated: June 9, 2010
Effective Date of Archive: December 19, 2011