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The Nolan School of Hotel Administration’s flagship publication, Hotelie magazine, brings you the remarkable activities of our alumni, faculty, and students and showcases our outstanding curriculum.

The Business of Coffee: Not the regular grind

April 21, 2020

The Business of Coffee: From Farm to Cup, developed by SHA assistant professor Jacob Chestnut, is Cornell’s first-ever course about coffee.

Hotel executive Arthur Keith ’84 is new Statler GM

February 5, 2020

Keith brings 36 years of hospitality operations expertise to the dual role of directing the Statler Hotel and developing student leaders.

Learning to manage, with feeling

November 15, 2019

Kristina Workman’s research and teaching focus on the value of compassion and positive interpersonal relationships in the workplace.

A fresh approach to helping the planet: Elena Belavina takes on food waste

September 18, 2019

SHA associate professor Elena Belavina is finding strategies to help grocery suppliers, households, and restaurants reduce food waste.

With food insecurity as their entrée, students learn the business of serving a cause

February 7, 2019

Service is a key to learning in the course Hunger, Health, and Nonprofit Social Enterprise. Requirements include volunteering and organizing a fundraiser.

To save their back yard, they built a town

January 10, 2019

Hotelie Garnie Nygren ’05 discusses the inspiration and vision for Serenbe, a model built environment that she is helping to create in the woods southwest of Atlanta.

Mathematical elegance meets social relevance in the research of Vincent Slaugh

September 13, 2018

Vince Slaugh, assistant professor, has focused his research on questions related to nursing-home staffing and maximizing adoption opportunities for teens.

Aaron Adalja joins the A team

August 22, 2018

Adalja joined the faculty last year as an assistant professor of food and beverage management— the culmination of a wide-ranging professional journey.

A spa-tacular learning experience with Inns of Aurora

August 3, 2018

The Inns of Aurora is moving ahead with plans to develop a destination spa. And they’re involving students from the Hotel School in the process.

Looking addiction straight in the eye—and treating it with science and empathy

May 11, 2018

Through Shatterproof, the national organization that Gary Mendell ’79 founded to change how addiction is perceived, prevented, and treated, his son Brian is continuing to help others years after his death in 2011 at the age of 25.

Students go behind the scenes on Royal Caribbean cruise

May 3, 2018

Twenty students from the Hotel School witnessed firsthand how Royal Caribbean International successfully operates its cruises after they boarded the Enchantment of the Seas in February for a three-day experiential learning trip to the Bahamas.

A most curious Hotelie: Gregory Falco’s wide-ranging path to MIT and beyond

March 21, 2018

Falco landed on Forbes’s 30 Under 30 list in enterprise technology in recognition of the promise of NeuroMesh, the anti-hacking security company that he founded with MIT kindred spirit Caleb Li.

Cheryl Stanley’s winning ways with wine

March 8, 2018

Four years after taking over the legendary Introduction to Wines course, Stanley has won deep admiration, respect, and affection from many (many) hundreds of Cornellians.

Junior’s restaurant and bakery: A home-grown business with billion-dollar ambitions

February 23, 2018

Alumnus Alan Rosen ’91 shared his journey at the helm of one of the most delicious operations in the country—Junior’s, a restaurant company famed, increasingly widely, for its cheesecake.

Tru success: Alexandra Jaritz ’97

December 20, 2017

As Hilton's senior vice president and global head of Tru by Hilton, Jaritz has created a platform that will open many doors to a large and underserved market.

Student entrepreneur Rob Karp is miles ahead

October 3, 2017

When it came to starting his own business, Rob Karp ’19 was miles ahead of his peers. He was all of 14 when he turned his passion for airlines and his prowess for numbers into a travel consulting company.

Catching up with entrepreneur Mark Thompson ’08

September 5, 2017

In the year since we featured Mark in the Fall 2016 issue of Hotelie magazine, the now former Wall Street financial analyst has opened his first Harlem Coffee Co. premium coffee lounge.

Megan Larkin ’17 finds the sweet spot in food and beverage studies

July 26, 2017

Larkin created “Cookie Melt,” with two classmates in Product Development in the Food and Beverage Industry, a course taught by SHA lecturer Chris Gaulke.

Sharonee Vaca ’19 takes off for aviation industry

July 11, 2017

Freshman year at SHA, Vaca networked and shared her passion for the aviation industry, and landed an internship in Delta’s networking planning department.