Skip to main content

Hospitality College in California Hosted "Welcome BBQ" as Its First Big In-Person Campus Event Since COVID

The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona, one of the largest hospitality colleges on the West Coast, hosted a long overdue in-person event on campus on August 30. As a tradition, the College usually hosts a Welcome Barbeque in the first few weeks of the academic year to welcome hospitality students back to school. 

 

In the past two years, most in-person campus events in the State of California have been put on hold due to strict social distancing guidelines. The Collins College brought back its proud tradition with a Habit Burger food truck and a Kona Ice truck (shave ice).

 

The Turnout

 

Over 300 hospitality students showed up at the cookout. They greeted and met with the faculty, staff, and administrators. They also got a chance to talk to different student clubs in the college and took part in some fun activities onside (e.g., photo booth, swag, door prizes, etc.) 

 

The Feedback

 

The event was a great success. A survey was sent out to collect participants’ feedback. Close to 50 participants responded (approximately a 15% response rate), suggesting 83% of them enjoyed the BBQ a lot, followed by 17% who felt somewhat enjoyable. Nobody chose “not-at-all” enjoyed. 

 

People enjoyed the Welcome BBQ because …

 

Predominantly but not surprisingly, students wanted to connect with others at in-person events. After two years of Zoom classes and Zoom events, it seems people genuinely value the opportunity of networking and getting to meet others in person. Selected comments include: 

 

“I enjoyed the people I got to meet there.”

“I met some people who were nice.”

“Meeting some of the Collins staff for the first time.”

“Meeting new people and making connections!”

“I was able to network with the Collins professors and students.”

“I loved the cute bronco pin, and I was glad that the professors and administrators were out there so we could talk to them.”

“I got to talk to someone new and make a friend.”

 

The food, the activities, and student clubs are other reasons why people enjoyed the experience. Some shared: 

 

“The food. Overall, the different activities included food, shaved ice, clubs, raffles, pictures, and music. Also, I think that the timing of the event was great.”

“I really enjoyed trying a Habit Burger for the first time!”

“The student clubs, free burger & fries, meeting new students!”

“I was able to meet new people and learn about clubs for hospitality students.”

“Billy being there for photos was fun.” 

 

It was so lovely to see many happy faces on campus. Hospitality management is a fun major. People at Cal Poly Pomona always love to visit the Collins College of Hospitality Management and participate in Collins events. For many alums, the Collins College is where they started their American dreams. I can’t wait to learn more about how these students are doing in the program and, later, how they do in their careers through hospitality education.



Note: This article was also published in Hospitality News Magazine

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Luxury vs. Millennials and Their Technology: The Ritz-Carlton (By Julia Shorr)

Embodying the finest luxury experience, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC has been established since 1983. In 1998, Marriott International purchased the brand offering it more opportunity for growth while being independently owned and operated. They are known for their enhanced service level as the motto states, “Ladies and Gentlemen serving Ladies and Gentlemen”. The luxury brand now carries 97 hotels and resorts internationally and is attempting to keep the aspects of luxury while keeping up with the trends of the technologically improving generations. The Varying Demographics of the Target Market The Ritz-Carlton’s typical target market includes: business executives, corporate, leisure travelers, typically middle-aged persons and elders, and families from the upper and upper-middle class section of society .   This infers a large range of types of travelers in which all are similar in that they are not opposed to spending extra for the luxurious ambiance. However, with

The challenges of SB 93 (California Senate Bill No. 93) will impose on the employers and their human resource management team (by Brittany Schaffer)

The COVID-19 pandemic started in early 2020, and it has caused massive changes within a short period of time. One of the most rememberable effects of the COVID-19 pandemic was that businesses had to come to a complete halt, forcing them to lay off employees. California's unemployment rates went up.  Now that the stay-at-home orders have lifted, people start to come out. Businesses are now reopening, looking to rehire their laid-off employees. Before the pandemic, employers had the option of recalling only a certain number of laid-off employees they would want to rehire based on employees' job performance. That option had been changed after Governor Gavin Newsome signed into law - Senate Bill 93, which went into effect on April 16th, 2021. The California Senate Bill No. 93 (SB 93) According to SB 93, companies in specific industries, mainly the hospitality industry, have the obligation to provide job opportunities in written form to qualified employees being laid off due to COVI

Want to win in future competitions? Invest in data-driven decisions now

Speaking of the permanent changes in the hospitality industry, many people will probably agree that demands for “bleisure”/“work-from-anywhere” travel and contactless self-service will continue to grow in the near future. Not everyone, however, realizes that data-driven decisions will become a key driver for growth in the industry, which has already affected how we do business now.   Automatic service enables businesses to capture more operational and consumer data for business decisions   One advantage of using automatic service comes from its ability to spontaneously capture and store real-time operational and consumer data for additional analysis. In the old-time when businesses still relied on workers to serve customers, operational data were collected usually through careful book-keeping, documentations, and observations; consumer data through market research were often limited to their perceptions, behavioral intentions, or past experience.     Now that automatic service is provi