Cheyney University to Host Northeast Regional Conference of National Society of Minorities in Hospitality

October 10, 2013

Cheyney University has been selected to host the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) Northeast Regional Conference October 18-20, 2013. While a few of the preliminary sessions are based at the Glen Mills, PA Wyndham Garden Hotel, all Saturday activities will be held at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.  According to Cheyney University professor Dr. Ivan Turnipseed, “This is a huge opportunity for Cheyney’s Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program as it offers us a chance to shine on a regional and national level. We worked hard to attract this student-centered professional development and networking event to our campus and expect some 250 students, faculty, staff and industry leaders to attend.”

Besides participating in industry roundtables and informative workshops, attendees will see the 176 year-old University as it celebrates Homecoming. Dr. Turnipseed explains, “The theme of the year for NSMH and its annual conference is “Celebrating A Quarter Century: NSMH Homecoming,” and since the sentiment and schedule coincide with Cheyney’s homecoming, complete with a parade, football game and other alumni reunion activities, we invited them to spend part of the day engaging the entire Cheyney community. It should be educational and fun.” Saturday’s conference activities conclude with a sit-down dinner and “NSMH Live 25,” a regional talent competition, in the large function room in Ada S. Georges Dining Hall.

Students from the following schools are expected to attend the NSMH conference:  Boston University, Buffalo State University, Central Connecticut State University, Cheyney University, Cornell University, City University of New York,  Drexel University, Indiana University of PA, Johnson & Wales Providence, Pennyslvania State University, Stockton College, Temple University, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, University of New Haven, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Delaware State University, St. Johns University, Stockton College, and New York Institute of Technology.

Dr. Turnipseed joined Cheyney in August 2012 and now serves as Associate Professor and Chair of Hospitality & Recreation Management. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Hospitality Administration with emphases on social stratification in organizations. tourism marketing, and strategic human resource management. Dr. Turnipseed has more than a decade of professional experience in the lodging, conventions, and meeting planning industries. In addition, he has years of involvement as a faculty member and an administrator at universities in Connecticut, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, and Pennsylvania.

The National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) is the premier professional organization for minority hospitality students. The National Society of Minorities in Hospitality has grown tremendously from four visionary leaders at Cornell University in 1989, to over 2000 students from over 75 college and university campuses across the country. Since its inception, NSMH has been a non-profit, student-run professional organization working in conjunction with its corporate supporters to establish a working relationship between the hospitality industry and minority students.  With respect to students and education, NSMH aims to be a total resource center by addressing diversity and multiculturalism, as well as career and leadership development. NSMH provides events and programs that bring together college-level students with company sponsors, industry representatives, hospitality associations, advisors, mentors, and high school students. NSMH is the place for students to find real world answers to questions and for companies to access dynamic talent to place into their organization.