Past Alumni Events
Since the college launched its alumni outreach program and the Collins Hospitality Society board reformed in 2008, there have been many local and out-of-state events. This page gives a snapshot of those activities.
Past Alumni Events
May 8, 2014 - Professor For A Day
Alumni were invited to guest lecture in classes during this annual event hosted by the Cal Poly Pomona Alumni Association.
March 31, 2014 - Alumni-Student Speed Networking
Collins College students were invited to The Collins Hospitality Society's 5th annual Alumni-Student Speed Networking event. The event is designed to expose students to a variety of career options in the hospitality industry. Alumni mentors advise groups of students in a fun and fast-paced environment.
Feb. 20, 2014 - Hospitality Career Expo and Bagel Mixer
The annual mixer and career expo returned to the college.
Feb. 8, 2014 - Hospitality Uncorked
More than 550 guests gathered at the 2014 Hospitality Uncorked at the JW Marriott Los Angeles to honor Alan Fuerstman, Founder and CEO of Montage Hotels & Resorts with the Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Award and support the college. Special presenters included past honoree Sam Nazarian, CEO, Founder and Chairman of sbe and Margrit Mondavi. See photos on Facebook.
Jan. 23, 2014 - 75th Anniversary Wine Dinner
The Collins College welcomed 100 guests to celebrate Cal Poly Pomona's 75th Anniversary. The event brought back alumni winemakers and alumni chefs for a fabulous wine dinner. See photos on Facebook.
Nov. 25 - LA Alumni Mixer
The Collins Hospitality Society hosted alumni at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott on Nov. 25 from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Collins Hospitality Society Board Member Michelle Tu ’13 for arranged the mixer. See photos on Facebook.
Nov. 7 - Expansion Groundbreaking
The Collins College expansion groundbreaking took place Nov. 7. See photos on Facebook.
Oct. 24 - SoCal Visitors Industry Outlook Conference
The Collins College partnered with PKF Consulting to offer the 2013 Southern California Visitor Industry Outlook Conference, an informative event on the regional travel industry at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. Noted experts, representing a range of travel sectors offered their best assessment of the economic situation and how it may impact businesses. Board Member and Senior Vice President of PKF Consulting Bruce Baltin was honored.
Oct. 17 - Pumpkin Festival Preview Day
Alumni Association members and their families were invited to this preview day. The festival took place Oct. 19 - 20 at the Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct. 9 - Bay Area Mixer
Past Distinguished Alumnus of the Year and Collins College Board Member Bruce Gorelick '78 is generously sponsored this event at the stylish JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square . Guests enjoyed complimentary wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres. Wine included the college’s latest Horsehill Vineyards release, the 2011 Kellogg Cuvée, and a handpicked selection of Chateau Ste. Michelle wines, courtesy of longtime friend of the college Maureen Trippe.
Oct. 4-12 - The Collins College Cultural Tour of France
The Collins College sponsoring its 3rd cultural tour of Europe visiting the regions of the Rhone and Provence in France. The tour was led by Dr. Bob Small, emeritus professor and former dean of The Collins College, who has led the Collins/Cal Poly Pomona trips to Tuscany and northern Italy. Read more ...
Sept. 21, 2013 - 2011 Horsehill Vineyards Cuvée Release Party
The Collins Hospitality Society and The Collins College threw a wine release party to commemorate the new Horsehill Vineyards wine - 2011 Kellogg Cuvée. The United Culinarians provided food pairings. See photos on Facebook.
August 2, 2013- Alumni in the Outfield
This annual event returned for the fifth year. See the photos on Facebook.
June 7, 2013- Night at the Ranch - Honoring Dean Andy Feinstein
The Collins College and the Collins Hospitality Society hosted a fun Santa Maria-Style BBQ for Dean Andy Feinstein on June 7. About 150 people attended the farewell party for the dean. Andy is leaving to become deputy provost of San Jose State University and Dr. Ed Merritt will be interim dean. See the photos on Facebook.
May 19, 2013- Dinner With The Dean - Chicago
The college hosted Chicago-area alumni for dinner on May 19 at Lawry's The Prime Rib, during the National Restaurant Association Show weekend.
May 20, 2013 - Sodexo Mixer
The Collins Hospitality Society and Sodexo presented this alumni networking mixer at Loyola Marymount University. Sodexo used this as an opportunity to recruit alumni.
May 9, 2013 - Professor For A Day
Alumni guest lectured in classes during this annual event hosted by the Cal Poly Pomona Alumni Association.
The Collins Hospitality Society presented the 5th Annual Wine Dinner, hosted by Russ Bendel, '05. The evening featured hors d'oeuvres and a fabulous four-course meal with custom wine pairings for each dish at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Newport Beach.
March 23, 2013 - Hospitality Uncorked
On March 23, 2013, the Southern California hospitality industry gathered to honor Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California, with the Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Award during Hospitality Uncorked 2013. About $455,000 was raised throughout the night to support The Collins College. See our photos on Facebook.
Feb. 21, 2013 - Career Expo and Bagel Mixer
Alumni enjoyed the annual Bagel Mixer by reconnecting with fellow alumni before moving on to the Hospitality Career Expo. See the photos on Facebook.
Feb. 4, 2013- Alumni Mixer @ Taps Fish House & Brewery/Corona
Alumni enjoyed a free networking mixer at TAPS Fish House and Brewery in Corona on Monday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. Complimentary appetizers were served. We want to thank TAPS manager and 2011 alumnus Hector Rodriguez for hosting!
Nov. 12, 2012- NYC Dinner with the Dean
Dean Andy Feinstein hosted NY-area of alumni while he was in the city for the International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show. Six alumni enjoyed dinner and lively conversation at Maialino Restaurant.
Oct. 29, 2012: Southern California Visitor Industry Outlook Conference
The Collins College partnered with PKF Consulting to offer the 2012 Southern California Visitor Industry Outlook Conference, an informative event on the regional travel industry at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Noted experts, representing a range of travel sectors offered their best assessment of the economic situation and how it may impact businesses.
Oct. 26, 2012: Night at the Ranch
Dean Andy Feinstein and The Collins Hospitality Society cordially invited alumni to our first member-appreciation event. Reunite with old friends while enjoying wine, beer and music at this fun outdoor BBQ catered by students and faculty of the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch. The society's membership has more than doubled in recent years and this event was designed to thank our members for their support.Photos are available on Facebook.
Several Collins College alumni and students participated in a speed networking event for students at the Buca di Beppo in Claremont at 6:30 p.m. The event is designed to expose students to a variety of career options and paths in the hospitality industry. If you would like to participate in the future, please contact Collins Hospitality Society Vice President Jason Farned email@example.com.
Oct. 12, 2012: San Francisco Alumni Mixer
Outside of Southern California, the Bay Area is home to our largest community of alumni. We saw several Bay Area alumni on Oct. 12 during a mixer at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. Our gracious host was Alumnus Ron Banaszak '95, the general manager/COO of the club.
The Collins Hospitality Society’s 4th annual Alumni in the Outfield took place on Aug. 10 at Angel Stadium. Fifty alumni and friends enjoyed a pre-game mixer starting at OC Sports Grill, free T-shirt and a Big Bang Friday firework show.
June 7, 2012: Senior Celebration
About 20 graduating seniors and master's graduates enjoyed a special reception to celebrate their achievement and to officially commemorate their induction into the Collins Hospitality Society.
May 10, 2012: Professor For A Day
Alumni are encouraged to guest lecture in classes during this annual event hosted by the Cal Poly Pomona Alumni Association. Alumni Allison Tan, Matt Kou, Paul Kramer, Jim English and Robert Schuster participated in the 2012 Professor For A Day.
May 6, 2012: Dinner with the Dean in Chicago
Dean Andy Feinstein hosted a dinner for Collins College alumni during the National Restaurant Association Show weekend in Chicago at Shaw's Crab House.
April 10: 4th Annual Wine Dinner Fundraiser
The Collins Hospitality Society presented the 4th Annual Wine Dinner, hosted by Russ Bendel, '05 on April 10, 2012. The evening featured hors d'oeuvres and a fabulous four-course meal with custom wine pairings for each dish at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Newport Beach.
March 26 2012: 2nd Annual CHS Golf Classic
The Collins Hospitality Society’s 2nd Annual Collins Hospitality Society
Scholarship Classic was held at the Hacienda Golf Club in La Habra Heights. All proceeds from the tournament supported The Collins Hospitality Society Scholarship Endowment, which provides scholarships to Collins students who demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence. Photos from the day are on Facebook.
March 3, 2012: Hospitality Uncorked
The Collins College of HospitalityManagement and the Southern California hospitality industry honored sbe Founder and CEO Sam Nazarian at Hospitality Uncorked on March 3 at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live. More than $200,000 was raised to support The Collins College. This was a sold-out event with 600 tickets sold. To encourage alumni to attend, the college offered discounted tickets to members of the Collins Hospitality Society. Photos of the night are posted on Google+ and Facebook.
Feb. 16, 2012: Hospitality Career Expo and Alumni Bagel Mixer
40 alumni enjoyed a breakfast mixer with the CHS before attending the college’s career expo. Dr. Edward Merritt led a lively discussion about preparing for job interviews, and alumnus Andrew Segal, of Panera Bread, provided the refreshments. Photos of the event are posted on Facebook.
Jan. 23, 2012: CHS Networking Event
The Collins Hospitality Society held a free mixer at The Cheesecake Factory in Redondo Beach, at 605 North Harbor Drive. Alumnus Mauricio Burgos hosted.
Dean Andy Feinstein hosted this annual mixer during the International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show weekend at the Marriott Marquis, at 1535 Broadway, New York City.
Oct. 18, 2011: Alumni/Student Speed Networking
HRT alumni were invited to be mentors to students in a fast-paced and funspeed networking event on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the Buca di Beppo at 505 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont.
The Collins College of Hospitality Management Alumni Chapter hosted 75 friends and alumni on Aug. 19 for the 3nd annual Alumni in the Outfield at Angel Stadium and a pre-game party at OC Sport Grill. Everyone received a free T-shirt and enjoyed spectacular post-game fireworks.
June 3, 2011: 1st Annual Scholarship Classic Golf Tournament
The Collins Hospitality Society hosted it's first annual Scholarship Classic on Friday, June 3 at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena. Alumni and industry partners gathered to support the society in raising funds to create a scholarship endowment with the college to provide undergraduate scholarships to current students. The tournament was a huge success. Stay tuned for next year's event date! See photos on Facebook.
May 22, 2011: Chicago Mixer
Chicago area alumni from several different colleges joined The Collins College for an evening of networking at Hotel Felix, one of Chicago’s most noted sustainable hotels. Collins College Alumna Eva Wassermann, Roger Hill and Andy Feinstein, Dean of The Collins College of Hospitality Management hosted the event.
May 12, 2011: Professor for a Day
Collins College alumni were invited back to campus to guest lecture in classes that relate to their professions during Professor For A Day. Sixteen Collins alumni participated in the event covering subject areas such as front desk operations, multi-unit restaurant management and information technology. The event included a lunch for participating faculty and alumni at The Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch.
May 9, 2011: Santa Monica Mixer
The Collins Hospitality Society members enjoyed a free mixer at the beautiful Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel on May 9 from 7-9 p.m.. The society and alumnus/General Manager Bill Doak ‘82 hosted this event.
April 12, 2011: Wine Dinner Fundraiser
The Collins Hospitality Society hosted a sold- out event for alumni, faculty and staff to the 3rd annual Fleming's Wine Dinner Fundraiser, hosted by Russ Bendel, Jr. ’05. The fundraiser dinner was held again at Bendel’s Newport Beach Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Proceeds from this event support scholarships for Collins College students and alumni networking events and outreach. An exquisite menu designed by Chef Chris Hutten included hors d’oeuvres and a four-course dinner with wine pairings.
March 21, 2011: Huntington Beach Mixer
Alumni were invited for a night of networking and mixing at The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa. Alumna Sarah Brown co-hosted this event at the beautiful oceanfront property.
Jan. 28, 2011: Hilton Executive Guest Lecture
Alumni were invited to attend The Collins College of Hospitality Management’s 2011 Richard N. Frank Distinguished Lectureship Series featuring Barbara Hollkamp, Hilton Worldwide’s senior vice president of human resources, on Jan. 28, 2011 at 1 p.m. She shared stories from her notable career, trends in human resources and insights into Hilton Worldwide during a 45-minute presentation followed by a 30-minute Q&A in the college’s Wine Auditorium. A reception followed in the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch. Read more ...
Nov. 15, 2010 - 3rd Annual New York Alumni Reception
Dean Andy Feinstein hosted the 3rd Annual NYC Alumni Mixer on Monday, Nov. 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis, at 1535 Broadway, New York City. The event attracted about 30 alumni who live in the Tristate area or were in town for the International Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Show in Manhattan.
Nov. 13, 2010- Harvest Celebration 2010
The Collins College of Hospitality Management honored three exceptional leaders in the hospitality industry while raising funds to support students inside and outside the classroom during Harvest Celebration 2010 on Nov. 13. The annual gala took place at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa at 6:30 p.m. Chip Conley, founder and CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, will receive the Hospitality Leader of the Year Award; Steele Platt, chairman and founder of Yard House Restaurants, Inc., will be honored with the Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Award; and Michele Gendreau, director of Food and Beverage for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, will receive the college’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award.
Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010- Alumni/Student Speed Networking
HRT alumni were invited to be mentors to students in a fast-paced and fun speed networking event on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at the Buca di Beppo at 505 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Paisano Partner for Buca di Beppo Jason Farned '04 organized the event. See the photos on Facebook.
Oct. 5, 2010 -Frank Lectureship Features Jim Collins, Recognizes RKR's 20th Anniversary
More than 150 people gathered for a special installment of the Frank Lectureship featuring Jim Collins and the 20th anniversary celebration of the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch on Oct. 5. Alumni, faculty, staff and student club leaders first gathered in the Wine Auditorium for the featured discussion, which was moderated by Dr. Edward Merritt, and then moved to the RKR to commemorate the anniversary. Jim Collins shared stories from his career, his philanthropic history and secrets to his success. The RKR reception allowed alumni to indulge in a gourmet menu from Chef/Lecturer Scott Rudolph and share fun times and memories. See the photos on Facebook.
Sept. 13, 2010- Downtown Los Angeles Alumni Mixer
Nearly 40 alumni joined the Collins Hospitality Society (formerly The Collins College Alumni Chapter) on Sept. 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for a free mixer at Café Pinot at 700 West Fifth Street Los Angeles, CA. The society and alumna Perri Ann Shindler '08 hosted.
The Collins College of Hospitality Management Alumni Chapter hosted 100 friends and alumni on July 30 for the 2nd annual Alumni in the Outfield at Angel Stadium and a pre-game party at OC Sport Grill. Everyone received a free T-shirt and enjoyed spectacular post-game fireworks.
June 10, 2010- 2nd Annual Senior Celebration
The alumni chapter host a party for graduating seniors on Thursday, June 10, 6:30 p.m. at Casa de Salsa, 415 Foothill Blvd. Claremont, CA 91711 (909) 445-1200. The first 30 students to buy tickets received a one-year Cal Poly Pomona Alumni Association membership.
Cal Poly Pomona alumni were cordially invited to an Alumni Champagne Reception on Sunday, May 23 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at Hotel Felix, 111 W. Huron Street in Downtown Chicago. The college honored Collins College of Hospitality Management Professor Dr. Jerry Chesser for being inducted into the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's College of Diplomates. The event was free and hosted by Andy Feinstein, dean of The Collins College, and Alumna Eva Wassermann '86 and her husband Roger Hill.
May 13, 2010- Professor for a Day - Cal Poly Pomona
Thank you to faculty members Barbara Jean Bruin, Eddie Mao, Scott Rudolph, John Self and Neha Singh for participating in the 2010 Professor For A Day. Many Collins College alumni visited campus on May 13 to guest speak in these professors’ classes and enjoyed lunch at the RKR. Professor For A Day is a university-wide event organized by the Office of Alumni Affairs. These Collins alumni participated:
- Mauricio Burgos, Manager of Cheesecake Factory, Redondo Beach
- Shelley Doonan, Chef/Owner of Off Citrus Restaurant in Covina
- Lisa Driggers, High School Culinary Instructor
- Rhonda Gharib, General Manager, Hilton Garden Inn Fontana
- Pilar Hamil, Hotel Manager, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel
- Victor Simmons, Director of Human Resources, Westin Mission Hills
- Louis Hauge, Regional Sales Manager at Crunchtime Information Systems
- Ivee Yu, Assistant Manager, Los Angeles Country Club
- Lera Zelenskaya, Assistant Clubhouse Manager, The Club at Cordillera
May 10, 2010- Collins College Alumni Mixer in Orange
The Collins College Alumni Chapter held its monthly mixer in May 10 at Lucille’s Rib Shack at 4050 West Chapman Avenue in Orange. Alumnus Arthur “Tripp” Mitchell hosted.
April 13, 2010- Collins College Alumni Wine Dinner Fundraiser
The 2nd annual Fleming’s Wine Dinner Fundraiser was successfully sold-out! The April 13, 2010 dinner featured four courses with wine parings. Alumnus and Fleming’s Operating Partner Russ Bendel, Jr. hosted, marking this dinner the alumni chapter’s key fund-raising event for the year. More than 40 people attended.
March 8, 2010- Collins College Alumni Mixer in Santa Monica
The Collins College Alumni Chapter held its March 2010 mixer at Cache Restaurant & Lounge, 3110 Main Street, Santa Monica. Alumna Heather Dancel, '08, manager of the restaurant, hosted.
Feb. 18, 2010- 2nd Annual Bagel Mixer, The Collins College
Collins College of Hospitality Management alumni were invited on Feb. 18to the 17th annual Hospitality Career Expo and 2nd annual Alumni Bagel Mixer. The alumni mixer took place in Amemiya Boardroom before the Hospitality Career Expo.
Feb. 1, 2010- Collins College Alumni Chapter’s L.A.
The Collins College of Hospitality Management Alumni Chapter held its first mixer of 2010 on Feb. 1 in Los Angeles. Jim Collins was a guest of honor at the event hosted by chapter treasurer Ivee Yu '08 and fellow alumni Andrew Rosenfield '05. About 30 people attended.
Several Cal Poly Pomona alumni joined Dean Andy Feinstein overlooking the heart of Times Square during the 2nd Annual NYC Alumni Mixer. The event took place Monday, Nov. 9 at the New York Marriott Marquis’ Promenade (9th floor), located at 1535 Broadway, New York City.
Monday, Oct. 26, 2009- Alumni Mixer - Newport Beach
Chapter Vice President Russ Bendel, Jr. ’05, Operating Partner at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Newport Beach hosted a monthly chapter at his restaurant on Monday, Oct. 26.
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009- Alumni/Student Speed Networking, Claremont
The Collins College Alumni Chapter Board hosted a speed networking event for students and alumni on Oct. 20 at the Buca di Beppo in Claremont.
Monday, Sept. 28, 2009- Chapter Meeting and Mixer at Zucca Ristorante
The Alumni Chapter hosted a mixer on Sept. 28, 7 p.m. at Zucca Ristorante. Zucca is in Los Angeles at 801 South Figueroa and is managed by Collins graduate Perri Shindler.
Friday, August 7, 2009- Alumni in the Outfield- Anaheim Stadium
More than 50 people came out and enjoyed a day at the ballpark with alumni on Friday, Aug. 7, during The Collins College Alumni Chapter’s first Alumni in the Outfield at Anaheim Stadium.
A pre-game networking event took place across the street from the stadium at OC Sports Grill (Formerly National Sports Grill).
More photos of this and other events are available at www.facebook.com/CollinsCollege.
Thursday, July 30, 2009- Bay Area Meet & Greet with
Dean Andy Feinstein
The Collins College Alumni Chapter held its first Bay Area event on Thursday, July 30 at the St. Francis Yacht Club - On The Marina. Alumnus Ronald Banaszak, Jr., CCM, General Manager/COO of the club generously hosted the bay-side event. Dean Andy Feinstein, who was in San Francisco attending the I-CHRIE conference, gave a presentation about The Collins College of Hospitality Management, which is on the cusp of a major expansion. Feinstein also discussed plans to launch the state's first master's in hospitality management program and the university's award-winning Horsehill Vineyards wine.
Thursday, May 21, 2009- Jimmy Buffett Tailgate Alumni Mixer - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Calling all Parrotheads - the alumni chapter got a group together for a Jimmy Buffet concert on May 21, 2009 at the Irvine Wireless Amphitheater.
Sunday, May 17, 2009- National Restaurant Association Show Alumni Mixer – Chicago, IL
The Collins College of Hospitality Management invited all Cal Poly Pomona alumni in the greater Chicago area or those in town for the National Restaurant Show, to a networking mixer on Sunday, May 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the newly renovated, Hotel Felix in downtown Chicago. This boutique hotel is downtown Chicago’s first hotel designed to meet Silver LEED certification. http://hotelfelixchicago-px.trvlclick.com/ President Michael Ortiz and Betty Ortiz attended the event. Dean Andy Feinstein, Alumna Eva Wassermann and her husband Roger Hill graciously hosted the event.
Thursday, May 14, 2009- Professor For The Day - The Collins College
The Office of Alumni Affairs hosted the annual Professor For the Day on May 14. Numerous alumni came back to campus to give guest lectures.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009- Dinner & Wine Tasting at Fleming's
Nearly 30 people attended The Collins College Alumni Chapter Board's first fund-raiser on April 21, 2009 at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Newport Beach. Operating Partner and Chapter Vice President Russ Bendel, Jr. ‘05 hosted the exclusive dinner.
March 31, 2009- Alumni Wine Tasting Event – Downtown LA
More than 20 people joined The Collins College Alumni Chapter and Ian Blackburn '91, owner of LearnAboutWine.com, on March 31, 2009 for a night of networking and wine tasting. Blackburn hosted the event at his business LearnAboutWine.com – Southern California’s No. 1 source for wine education and events - is located at LOFT218 in downtown Los Angeles. The networking event featured wine tasting, wine games, competitions.
February 26, 2009- Alumni Breakfast
More than 30 alumni came to the alumni chapter's first event on Feb. 26, 2009. The event was held in conjunction with the 16th annual Hospitality Career Expo.