Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management Students Attend Multicultural Affairs Congress"s 17th Annual Recognition Luncheon

December 20, 2011

Professor Shawn Murray, coordinator for Cheyney University’s Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management Program, freshman Teresa Vickers and junior Samara Harris attended the Multicultural Affairs Congress’s 17th Annual Recognition Luncheon at the Philadelphia Hyatt Belleview on Thursday October 30, 2011.

Among those recognized at the luncheon were Legacy Award (posthumously) - Karin A. Phillips, KYW News Radio; Industry Appreciation Award - David Kong President and CEO of Best Western International; and Outstanding Recognition Award - Charrisse R. Lillie Vice President, Community Investment-Comcast Corporation President of Comcast Foundation. The Heritage Award was presented to the publishers of El Sol Latino, a weekly publication targeted to the Hispanic community in Philadelphia and Delaware Valley areas.

Professor Murray is a member of the Multicultural Affairs Congress Education Committee which develops hospitality education programming within the Philadelphia area. According to Murray, “The luncheon was a great event for our hospitality students to attend. Samara and Teresa had the opportunity to visit the Hyatt Bellevue and received a behind-the-scenes tour. Cheyney University’s participation in the Multicultural Affairs Congress has given the Hospitality program a significant presence in the tri-state area and helps generate internship and career leads.”

Proceeds from the event supported scholarships for hospitality students to attend national conferences. In the past several years, Cheyney University Hospitality program students used this funding opportunity to attend regional and national conferences. Last year, 18 students attended the NSHM national conference in Atlanta GA and the student organization has plans to attend the 2012 conference in Washington DC.

The Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Congress (MAC), a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCVB), MAC is a support system for minorities worldwide, MAC brings these minorities to the wonderful city of Philadelphia also known as the number one U.S. travel destination for multicultural tourism.