Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management


Feb. 24

The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management held its Annual Hospitality Career Fair, February 15 – 17. The event began on February 15 with a reception for the hospitality recruiters presented by Professor Julie Correa’s HRTM 443 – Meetings, Conventions, and Special Events class. Nineteen companies had booths at the Las Cruces Convention Center to introduce their companies, internships, and career opportunities to the students. Three new companies – joined returning industry partners. Thursday afternoon and Friday, several companies stayed to hold over 225 individual interviews with the students. The recruiters were extremely impressed with students’ professionalism, knowledge, and experience. Most will be making their offers for second interviews, jobs and internships over the next few weeks.

Jan. 27

On Monday, January 23, the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) hosted the New Mexico ProStart Bootcamp. Over 70 students and teachers from high schools throughout New Mexico came to Gerald Thomas Hall to practice for the culinary and management skills competitions that will be held in Santa Fe in March. The schools included Atrisco Heritage, Cloudcroft, Deming, Eldorado, Grants, Laguna/Acoma, Sandia, and Santa Fe. HRTM faculty and students, some of the high school teachers, and students from Cuba high school served as judges and timekeepers. ProStart, sponsored by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, is a nationwide initiative that unites the classroom and industry to help students get a taste for success in an industry that is hungry for talent. In addition to competing, students had the opportunity to learn about the HRTM program and have lunch at Taos Restaurant. Professor Julie Correa coordinated with Victor Martinez, Director of Education for the NM Restaurant Association, to plan the event.


Nov. 26

On Thursday, December 1, HRTM hosted the Visit Las Cruces Industry Partnership lunch which is held monthly to update local hotels and tourism related organizations on city-wide events, incoming tourist groups, and activities. This meeting showcases HRTM and our meals and events to these influential stakeholders who hire our students, support HRTM with sponsorship, and can promote HRTM programs to their guests. It provides an opportunity for our HRTM 363 and graduate students who prepared and served the meal to network with the groups.

For the last Gerald Thomas Chair Beverage Education program for the semester, Professor Mohsen Azizsoltani, a certified Bordeaux wine trainer from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Larry Rosenberg, Imported Cheese Specialist for Alouette Cheeses, gave fantastic wine and cheese pairing presentations for the HRTM 450 - Beverages, Culture and Cuisine class and a group of NMSU faculty, alumni, and supporters. We used the wine and cheese for our TAP (The Adjustment Project) event and it was our busiest ever, with more than 70 guests. The purpose of the Gerald Thomas Chair Endowment is to creatively address agricultural production and natural resource use. HRTM is using its year of receiving funds to address issues related to the beverages produced through agriculture, wine, beer, and spirits and related items, like cheeses. The presentations exposed our students and community guests to best practices and products of France that can be used as examples for New Mexico products. It is essential that students planning careers in food and beverage learn about global products. At this particular TAP, we raised $475 for HRTM student club activities and future travel to industry conferences and trade shows.

Sam Steel Society

ACES conducted its Fall 2016 Sam Steel Society Induction Ceremony on Friday afternoon, December 9. The Sam Steel Society commemorates Sam Steel, who would have been the first graduate of NMSU but was killed shortly before graduation. ACES inducts all its graduates in the Society as a way to honor our graduating students for their hard work and accomplishments in a more personal setting. Over 75 of our Fall 2016 graduates attended and were recognized. In addition, all alumni in the audience were inducted as well.

April 16

On Thursday, April 14, the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management hosted a reception, silent auction, and dinner for members of the NMSU and Las Cruces community. Distinguished guests included Chancellor Carruthers, New Mexico Secretary of Tourism, Rebecca Latham, Regent Jerean Hutchinson, and members of the HRTM Board of Advisors. The reception included a ribbon cutting sponsored by the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Conquistadores celebrating HRTM rejoining the Chamber. The silent auction and raffle raised over $3500 which will be used to offset expenses for HRTM students studying abroad in Florence, Italy and to endow the Chef Maurice and Laura Zeck Scholarship Fund. The event was featured in the Las Cruces Sun News.

Mar. 5

The School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management held a very successful Career Fair, February 24-26. It started on Wednesday night with a reception for the recruiters in the Bobby Lee Lawrence Academy of Wine hosted by the HRTM 443 Meetings, Conventions, and Events class. On Thursday, over 50 recruiters from 22 hotel, restaurant, spa, beverage, and other tourism businesses had booths at the Las Cruces Convention Center to discuss their job and internship opportunities. The recruiters were impressed with the professionalism of the students and being able to fill their interview schedules with such qualified candidates. Another highlight was seeing so many HRTM alumni return as corporate recruiters.


Sept. 26

Degree Collaboration: HRTM is partnering with Santa Fe Community College to make it easier for northern New Mexico students to complete associate and bachelor’s degrees in the high-demand field of hotel and restaurant management. SFCC offers a certificate and an associate degree in hospitality and tourism management. Beginning this spring, students can easily transfer to pursue a bachelor’s degree in hotel, restaurant and tourism management from NMSU at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center without leaving Santa Fe. “Tourism is the second biggest industry in New Mexico and as such it provides many management opportunities for our graduates,” said Greg Blanch, NMSU’S interim director of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. “We’re very pleased to be a partner with SFCC in this academic endeavor.” NMSU offers the state’s only bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. The program is ranked among the top programs in the country,

Sept. 18

The School of Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) has been serving lunches each semester since 100 W Café opened in 2005, as well as hosting the International Dinners series. Students receive a hands-on restaurant management education while offering up tasty meals to the NMSU community and the general public. More than 50,000 meals have been served by students in our state-of-the-art commercial food production and service lab.


March 28

Dr. Keith Mandabach, School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM), attended the Nightclub and Bar Convention and Trade Show March 24-26, 2014, in Las Vegas, NV. Twenty-five students from HRTM 420 (Club Management) class attended the conference. During the conference they received several "back of the house" tours. Students attending the conference are allowed to make industry contacts and see how clubs are actually managed. This is a yearly conference and Dr. Mandabach takes students each year to enhance his classroom teachings.

Dr. Janet Green, Head of HRTM attended the regional roundtable meeting of the Borderplex Economic Alliance on Wednesday, March 26, at the DACC Gadsden Center. The discussion centered on regional academic programs and projects that address current and future workforce needs for the Hospitality/Tourism/Culinary industry.

Feb. 21

The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) held a career fair on February 20th and 21st at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Recruiters attending the event were: Angel Fire, Darden Restaurants, Eldorado Hotel & Spa, Enchantment Resort, Enterprise, Heritage Hotels, Jason's Deli, Hyatt Regency Tamaya, Las Cruces Convention Center, Lodging Host Hotels, Marriott, National Distributing, Ocean Properties, Pappas Restaurants, Philmont Scout Ranch, Radisson Austin, Red Barn Restaurant, Signature Services, and the Club at Las Campanas, Sodexo and The Lodge at Cloudcroft. The recruiters handed out information to students about internships and conducted interviews with the students.

Dr. Janet Green, Department Head of the School of HRTM, met with Dr. David Boje, Distinguished Professor of Management, and Eric Norman of CATIE University in Costa Rica, CATIE was established in 1946 and is a regional research and education center in agriculture and natural resources. The School of HRTM has been collaborating with CATIE's Sustainability in Tourism Series for two years.

Morgan Stanly Financial Investment Services conducted a private administrator's dinner in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism's Bobby Lee Lawrence Academy of Wine on February 20th. They were overwhelmingly impressed by the students of HRTM and chef Zecks service and dedication to excellence throughout the evening's event.

Jan. 24

The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management will have a dozen students from Ecuador beginning in March. They will study Hospitality Management and English as a second language. At the end of 2014 the students will return to Ecuador's new University in Yachay.

The School of HRTM has submitted an application for a governmental liquor license for Gerald Thomas Hall. The notice is posted. The Regulation and Licensing Department hearing will be held on February 6th.

April 10

The students in HRTM's Event Planning class (443) put on a Luau April 9 Dr. Blanch-HRTMon the lawn in front of Gerald Thomas Hall. The event was to have faculty, staff and students in the college of ACES interact with each other on a more relaxed level. There were games, music and fun. Greg Blanch even agreed to be the target of a pie throwing contest. This was a working learning experience for the students to plan a large event from start to finish with a wide range of attendees.