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 club to develop leadership skills and gain connections within the hospitality industry.
For the most current list of activities, please visit the clubs' profiles on Blackboard.
Association of Beverage Professionals
The Association of Beverage Professionals (ABP) provides students the opportunity to explore the hospitality industry beyond the classroom through events and activities. ABP is dedicated to promoting careers within the beverage industry as well as enhancing the appreciation and understanding of wines, beers and spirits through educational opportunities offered to the community.
Association of Student Event Planners
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.
Cal Poly Hospitality 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.
Club Managers Association of America
The Club Managers Association of America (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’s 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.
CMAA was awarded the 2012 Star of the Industry award by the California Hotel and Lodging Association (CH&LA) in the category of Student Chapter of the Year to honor employees and properties that best symbolize the quality service of the industry.
Eta Sigma Delta International Hospitality Management Society
The Collins College honor society is Eta Sigma Delta International Hospitality Management Society (ESD). Only HRT juniors and seniors with a GPA of at least 3.00 are invited to join.
Hospitality Management Council
The Hospitality Management Council (HMC) acts on behalf of all students in The Collins College of Hospitality Management in discussions with the Associated Students Inc. Student Government. Leaders from the student clubs elect the executive board of the Hospitality Management Council.
National Society of Minorities in Hospitality
The National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH)’s mission is to aid in the recruitment, retention, support and advancement of minority students in the hospitality industry. NSMH builds and maintain relationships between hospitality professionals and minority students in ways that encourage lifelong commitment to the organization. It is nationally recognized as the premier professional organization for developing exceptional minority student talent and leadership. This organization represents an array of social and cultural backgrounds and a wealth of unique perspectives and ideas.
Roundtable for Food Professionals
The Roundtable for Food Professionals (RFP) student chapter provides opportunities to 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 (UC) provides a means outside of the classroom for students to grow in the culinary field through fundraisers, 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 similar interests.