PNW Students Win First Place in Global Hospitality and Tourism Competition
Purdue University Northwest students continue to gain recognition as leaders in their academic disciplines.
A team of six Purdue Northwest graduate students won the grand prize at the internationally-recognized 2017 Smith Travel Research (STR) Market Study Competition that took place in New York City in early November 2017.
– Madison Walker, graduate student
The STR competition gives leading hospitality and tourism schools from around the world an opportunity to analyze actual market research and data and interpret the story of a specific market.
At the beginning of the fall semester, students of the PNW White Lodging School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) graduate and undergraduate classes began to analyze and research a specific hotel market’s data to be submitted as a 30-minute video presentation to qualify for the competition.
“Our students worked extremely hard analyzing the Denver hotel market,” said Mike Flannery, director of the White Lodging School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. “Their insightful
presentation demonstrated their excellent research and analytical skills in a very competitive industrial environment.”
Competition finalistsPNW was named as a finalist alongside Kansas State, Michigan State, Texas Tech and University of Missouri. The graduate students presented their findings to a panel of industry experts. The PNW undergraduate student team presented as a non-finalist among 26 competing universities.
“I was so grateful for getting the experience to go and present to industry experts,” said Madison Walker, graduate student.
“The opportunity to work with real data and present before industry professionals provided a rare and invaluable experience for our students,” said Wendy Kasche, interim assistant dean in the College of Business.
“My teammates and I spent hours upon hours researching the market, analyzing the data, and putting together a flawless presentation. Our intense preparation paid off when our name was called as the first place finisher for the 2017 competition,” said Carolyn Sandrick, graduate student.
The winning graduate student team included David Arredondo (Munster, Ind.), Yeonju Bae and Richard Chambers (Hammond, Ind.), Paul Money (Porter, Ind.), Carolyn Sandrick (Dyer, Ind.), and Madison Walker (Crown Point, Ind.).
The Roundtable Perspective
Student-led Weekly Television Program Brings Home the Gold
Purdue Northwest Communication and Creative Arts students were awarded the 2017 Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts production award for its TV program.
“The Roundtable Perspective” is the collegiate television program produced by PNW students and faculty.
Student producers of the weekly program earned a video production award from the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts (AIVA) for the episode featuring the interview of “Mama” Charlotte O’Neal,
a founding member of the Kansas City Black Panther Party.
Offered as a class, the show gives students a chance to learn the inner workings of television production while earning college credit in the process. Students are responsible for nearly every facet of the show, ranging from camera operation to advertising and social media.
“It is not a simulated classroom experience. They get to produce a show that airs over the entire Chicagoland area,” said Tom Roach, chair of Communication and Creative Arts. “That gives them a unique advantage over other broadcasting programs.”
PNW students who produce the program are enrolled in the university’s experiential learning course, “Practicum in Radio and Television,” taught by Mary Beth O’Connor, associate professor of communication.
“All students who take this course have an amazing portfolio when they leave,” O’Connor said. “Many students who have participated in this class have used their portfolio to secure prestigious jobs and internships.”
Program airs on Chicago region television
The 30-minute interview program focuses on issues in communication and media, politics and scholarly research. The show airs Friday evenings at 8 p.m. CST on Lakeshore PBS.