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VSU Introduces Hospitality Center of Excellence

Published date: October 15, 2015

By Calvin Barner II, Mass Communications '15 and Adriana Fink, Mass Communications '17

Virginia State University's Department of Hospitality Management is gearing up to open a conference and lodging facility in its Fourth Avenue offices on campus.

The Hospitality Learning Center of Excellence is a learning lab designed to provide immediate experience and managerial skills through workshops in customer service, cooking, entrepreneur courses and lodging certification. Promoted as a “beacon of hospitality management,” the center’s overall purpose is to facilitate growth and development in hospitality management students.

Department chair Dr. Deanne Williams, called the center “unique” and said its mission is “to improve academics and instructional resources, provide training and workplace advancement.” Currently, Dr. Williams is looking to establish partnerships with local industries to improve program competitiveness and enhance the university’s brand.

Available to the public, the center boasts 6,500 square feet and will feature three lodging suites, a conference room, and a 24-seat café. It will provide support for meetings, catering, events and conferences. The department is raising money for this project through alumni support and to date has raised approximately $12,000 toward a goal of $100,000.

Reservations can be made through VSU Department of Conference Services at (804) 524-5775.

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