The Collins College has an active and fun community of student clubs. These clubs provide numerous opportunities for students to travel, network and build leadership experience. Hospitality professionals are expected and encouraged to be involved in the surrounding communities through professional organizations and clubs, these clubs give students an opportunity to start that early. Collins College students are encouraged to join at least one of the clubs to develop leadership skills and gain connections within the hospitality industry.
Collins College clubs have been busy with a variety of volunteerism, tours and dinners alike. The Hospitality Management Council Winter 2011 Newsletter summarizes these recent activities and lets students know what's coming up in the next few months.
The Association of Beverage Professionals (ABP) provides students an the opportunity to explore the hospitality industry beyond the classroom through events and activities. ABP is dedicated to promoting opportunities within the beverage industry as well as enhancing the appreciation and understanding of wines, beers, and spirits through educational opportunities offered to the community.
The Association of Student Event Planners (ASEP) strives to provide students the opportunity to explore the special event and professional event planning aspect of the hospitality industry. Using their creative talents; students, faculty and industry professionals, will come together to enrich the educational, cultural and social aspect of the university. There is a strong emphasis placed on developing and building lasting relationships among hospitality professionals, with other club organizations and with members within the association.
The Cal Poly Hospitality Association (CPHA) is a group of students who want to learn as much as possible about the hospitality industry. Through tours, regular meetings and guest speakers, students have the opportunity to create and maintain industry and university contacts. These contacts and events enabled students to enhance their classroom learning experiences and to foster individual social, personal and professional skills.
The Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) chapter was awarded the national "Student Chapter of the Year" at the organization's national conference in 2008 and 2009.
CMAA is the professional association for managers of membership clubs. The association has nearly 7,000 members representing more than 3,000 country, golf, city, athletic, faculty, yacht, town and military clubs. Many times over the years, The Collins College chapter has successfully helped members get professional work experience positions during the summer. Students have gained valuable managerial work experience at prestigious clubs on the East and West Coasts.
The Collins College honor society is Eta Sigma Delta International Hospitality Management Society. Only HRT juniors and seniors with a GPA of at least 3.00 are invited to join. ESD is offering free tutoring throughout the fall 2012 quarter.
The Hospitality Management Council (HMC) acts on behalf of all students in The Collins College of Hospitality Management in discussions with the ASI student government. Leaders from the student clubs elect the executive board of the Hospitality Management Council.
The Roundtable for Food Professionals (RFP) Student Chapter provides students who have an interest in careers in food service. This group works together to network for professional growth, educate and enhance professional skills and to promote the visibility of women and men in the food, beverage and hospitality industries.
United Culinarians provides a means outside of the classroom for students to grow in the culinary field through fund raiser's, industry and special events, seminars and discussions; as well to provide a creative outlet for culinary minds alike. This personal contact will allow students to expand their culinary knowledge with other students who share a similar interests. Cooking is a lot of fun, if you even have a slight interest, contact us and we'll see if we can help spark a passion.
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Students with CPHA
went to New York in
2009 and 2010 for the International Hotel/
The Collins College
CMAA chapter was
named the national student chapter of the year in 2008 and 2009.
United Culinarians provides many opportunities for students to develop their culinary skills.
Every month during the academic year, the clubs trade off organizing Dean's Events where the students, faculty and staff are invited to have lunch and some fun during
Students with CPHA volunteered at the LA Food Bank for the 2010 holidays.