With the assistance of 10 Ferris State University Hospitality students, the Midwest region won the Hospitality Olympics at the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality Conference that was hosted in St. Louis, Mo.
College of Business Assistant Professor Kathryn Wolfer accompanied the students to the three-day annual conference. The Hospitality Olympics are one of the conference’s main events. The students were placed into regional teams and competed in activities such as making beds, setting tables, taking orders and carrying trays.
The conference also provided students with opportunities to network and meet other hospitality students from around the nation in addition to industry professionals. The pros host question-and-answer sessions and are available to meet with students who are interested in interviewing for positions.
“This conference is a great opportunity for those in the hospitality industry to make important contacts,” Wolfer said of a conference that took place earlier this year. “We have had numerous students get internships and jobs from this event.”
Students prepared for the conference by preparing resumes and practicing interviewing skills. Attendance at this event was funded in part by proceeds from the annual hospitality gala.