Hospitality students

Student Organizations

The excitement and diversity of the hospitality industry is reflected in the clubs and professional organizations available to School of Hospitality Administration students. Joining one or more of these organizations demonstrates teamwork and helps students build leadership skills while establishing contacts with industry professionals.

Club membership offers opportunities for networking with fellow students, former students and industry leaders. Club activities include tours of hospitality establishments, distinguished guest speakers, social events, conferences and more. And membership in professional organizations during college is linked to an increased chance of success after graduation.

American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) - Student Chapter

AdvisorSoon-Ho Kim

The AH&LA student chapter at Georgia State provides students with a forum to increase their industry knowledge, introduces them to key hospitality executives, and exposes them to the endless opportunities available within the lodging industry. Student members have an opportunity to delve into the world of hospitality and make a name for themselves while they are still in school. Membership provides students access to a network of industry executives and opportunities to attend conferences and events sponsored by the AH&LA parent organization.

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Eta Sigma Delta - An International Honorary Hospitality Management Society

AdvisorDebby Cannon

This is a scholastic honorary society for juniors and seniors in Hospitality Administration with a cumulative grade point of average of 3.0 or above. Eta Sigma Delta’s purpose is to recognize the scholastic and professional achievement of students in hospitality management, tourism and culinary arts. Eta Sigma Delta stands for excellence, leadership, creativity, service and ethics. Application forms are available in the School of Hospitality office.

Georgia Restaurant Organization

AdvisorDonetta Poisson

The Georgia Restaurant Organization supports the interests of a diverse set of students focused on foodservice and restaurants. Our students will gain a broader understanding and greater exposure to food-related businesses and industry professionals to create value in a wide variety of food-focused organizations. This is a great opportunity for networking and sharing ideas among people with similar interests.

The Georgia Restaurant Organization will strive to encourage continued interest in foodservice and restaurants by engaging student members while incorporating industry professionals and venues into chapter activities. Introductions to real-world industry affiliates and businesses will increase our understanding of how individuals, organizations, governments and markets effectively interrelate to heighten foodservice-community welfare.

Georgia State Student Chapter of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA)

AdvisorKyle Townsend

The Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) is the professional Association for managers of membership clubs. With close to 7,000 members across all classifications, our manager members run more than 3,000 country, golf, city, athletic, faculty, yacht, town and military clubs. The objectives of the Association are to promote and advance friendly relations among persons connected with the management of clubs and other associations of similar character; to encourage the education and advancement of its members; and to assist club officers and members, through their managers, to secure the utmost in efficient and successful operations.

The Georgia State student chapter of the Club Managers Association of America is dedicated to assisting students who are interested in the club management profession in choosing a career in this sector of the hospitality industry. Chapter meetings enable students to enhance their careers through activities such as professional development programs on the university level, site visits to local clubs, leadership opportunities as a chapter officer or committee member, and chapter visits by club management professionals.

The International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE)

AdvisorSoyoung Boo

The International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE) is an organization for professionals in the event, tradeshow, meetings, venue and destination management segments of hospitality as well as convention services and hotel/venue sales and marketing.

IAEE is dedicated to educating students on the many facets of this industry as well as providing assistance in gaining industry experience. Each month members receive updates on available jobs and internships as well as advice and assistance with placement. The Southeastern Chapter of IAEE welcomes student participation at its meetings and annual events.

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National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH)

AdvisorLeonard Jackson

As the leading professional organization for minority hospitality students, the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) focuses on diversity and multiculturalism, as well as the career development of its student members. The Georgia State chapter of NSMH is dedicated to delivering a program to our student members that provides them with a variety of opportunities that assist them in achieving their educational and professional goals. These include hotel and restaurant tours, industry guest speakers, volunteer opportunities and networking events.