Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management


The Stockton University Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management Program launches student's careers, through active learning, internship experience, and professional networks.aacsb logo

Profession ready graduates are empowered with passion, knowledge, skills, values, and engaging perspectives to develop as competitive leaders. 

As a major employer in the world today, education in hospitality and tourism can open doors to exciting career paths in every segment of the industry.

 

 


About the Program

There is no better way to immerse yourself in the field of hospitality than to learn at our newest campus situated right in a major tourist destination, Atlantic City. Our new facility is the most modern and technologically advanced overlooking the Atlantic City skyline.

You will learn from our experienced faculty and interact and connect with industry partners who will give you a first hand insight and hands-on experience in hospitality, tourism, and event management.

Our program launches student's careers, through active learning, internship work experience, and professional networks.

Profession ready graduates are empowered with passion, knowledge, skills, values, and engaging perspectives to develop as competitive leaders.

Program Chair:

Noel Naylor HeadshotDr. Noel Criscione-Naylor
Assistant Professor
Office: AC-224T
Phone: 609-761-1262
Email: Noel.Criscione@stockton.edu 

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75% of our students stay within their internship company/organization after graduation or receive full-time placement within the industry.

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Internships, any time, any where from Florida to California, Colorado to New Jersey.

 

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Stockton's faculty have strong and diverse backgrounds; domestic/international.

About the Industry

  • The chance to join a rapidly growing industry. Amongst the fastest growing areas of employment in the world, over 100 million.
  • There are increasingly few skilled staff in the industry. Regions have highlighted the lack of skilled staff to fill the vacancies.
  • Opportunities to travel. No matter where you are in the world, the industry has a place. Whether you choose to work in hotels, events, attractions, food and beverage, or anywhere else in the sector, there are always jobs available.
  • Transferable skills. Focusing on management, will encapsulate the learning of business skills. This knowledge can be used in careers far beyond those related to the degree, especially given the degree's focus on service. Service is increasingly important in global markets, so graduates from a highly service-oriented degree are all set to have an immediate advantage over the competition.
  • Combining subjects.HTMS embraces a wide range of other subjects. Covering multiple subjects in one degree e will not only make it more interesting to study, but it will also help you to broaden your knowledge and develop new skills.

Career Paths

  • The hospitality and tourism industry is one of the largest career sectors in the world and continues to grow at a rapid pace. Not only do our graduates work for leading hospitality and tourism employers, but also in emerging industry sectors.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management prepares students for a leadership career throughout the hospitality industry. Students learn all aspects of the industry, including finance, operations, customer service theory, human resources, marketing and communications, in order to build a solid foundation of skills that will help them secure positions in the top hospitality and tourism companies in the world. Our faculty offer students a robust perspective on the hospitality industry as well as real-world experience.
  • Students have the option to complete a generalized degree or select areas of interests tailoring the depth and knowledge of industry sectors in Event Management, Resort Management, Restaurant and Beverage Management, or Tourism Management.
  • All students are required to complete professional work experience hours and an internship to gain experience in the field as well as apply concepts learned in the classroom. Upon graduation, our students are highly prepared for managerial roles in the hospitality industry and beyond.

Internships

  • Internships, any time, any where from New Jersey to California, and beyond.
  • Students have access to career fairs, networking events, employers in residence and so much more.
  • Conducted through online learning.
  • Completion of 225 hours.
  • Students will gain valuable experiences, explore career paths, develop network connections and prepare for the transition from college to career.
  • Nearly 75% of our students stay within their internship company/organization after graduation or receive full-time placement within the industry.

Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management Studies (HTMS) Learning Outcomes

HTMS Students will be able to understand hospitality and tourism management.

1a) Graduates will be able to demonstrate an understanding of important management concepts for various segments of hospitality and tourism including:

             1a.1. Economic, legal, and social environments;

             1a.2. Corporate social responsibility and sustainability;

             1a.3. Financial management;

             1a.4. Organizational systems and processes;

            1a.5. Hospitality and tourism business strategies.

1b) Graduates will be able to reflective think on experiences in their coursework and profession and be able to translate knowledge of business and management into practice and in society

HTMS Students will be able to give examples of and evaluate ethical situations and issues in order to make good management decisions.

2a) Graduates will demonstrate ethical decision-making skills through analytical analysis of ethical issues and situations.

HTMS Students will develop respect for diversity in the international community as they attend classes in the program and work side by side with various cultures.

3a) Graduates will develop global and cross-cultural understanding that contributes to a globalized society.

3b) Graduates will be able to demonstrate an understanding of workforce and customer diversity in organizations.

HTMS Students will communicate and present content effectively in a professional manner.

4a) Oral Communication: graduates will deliver information in an organized, persuasive and logical manner using supportive documentation and visual aids.

4b) Written Communication: graduates will create documents that are technical, analytical, relevant in content and well organized.

4c) Computer Literacy: graduates will demonstrate knowledge of information technology relative to HTMS professional practice that requires adaptation and innovation to solve problems.

HTMS Students will be able to research hospitality and tourism topics and make decisions about goals, objectives and company strategies.

5a) Graduates will demonstrate the ability to frame and analyze problems.

5b) Graduates will develope HTMS research methods.

HTMS Students will become proficient in the development of group dynamic and teamwork abilities.

6a) Graduates will be able to work effectively in teams.

 

 

Faculty

Jennifer Aarons

Jennifer Aarons

Associate Professor of Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management Studies
609-761-1258 | AC-224L
Donna Albano

Donna Albano

Professor of Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management Studies
609-652-4493 | G-130
Jane Bokunewicz

Jane Bokunewicz

Professor of Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management Studies & Faculty Director of the Loyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality & Tourism
609-761-1261 | AC-317e
Noel Criscione-Naylor

Noel Criscione-Naylor

Program Chair & Associate Professor of Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management Studies & Program Chair of Esports Management 
609-761-1262 | AC-2224t
Bill Quain

Bill Quain

Professor of Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management Studies
609-761-1263 | AC-318d
Michael S. Scales

Michael S. Scales

Professor of Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management Studies
609-626-6838 | G-131
Brian J. Tyrrell

Brian J. Tyrrell

Professor of Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management Studies
609-761-1266 | AC-224i
Tara E. Marsh

Tara E. Marsh

Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management Studies Internship Coordinator
609-626-3646 | G-112

 

Jeffrey Albrecht

Jeffrey Albrecht

General Manager
Sheraton Atlantic City Convenation Center Hotel
Chris Aviles

Chris Aviles

Founder & President
Garden State ESports
Ronnie Burt

Ronnie Burt

Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Oak View Group
Anthony Caratozzolo

Anthony Caratozzolo

Vice President of Hospitality
Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa
Jeanine DiNardo

Jeanine DiNardo

Assistant Professor, Hospitality Management
Atlantic Cape Community College
Jim Drew

Jim Drew

Employment Center Manager
Borgata Atlantic City
Assem Elsebaey

Assem Elsebaey

Director of Hotel Operations
Harrah's Resorts
Anthony Gaud

Anthony Gaud

CEO & Co-Founder
G3 Esports, LLC
Mark Giannantonio

Mark Giannantonio

President
Resorts Atlantic City
Jon Henderson

Jon Henderson

Chief Executive Officer
Good Time Tricycle Productions
Sallye Hershman

Sallye Hershman

Director of Operations & Marketing Online Gaming
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
Larry Huttinger

Larry Huttinger

Director
Destination Philly Atlantic City
Bobby Kahler

Bobby Kahler

Regional Director of Marketing
Caesars Entertainment
Catherine McDonnell

Catherine McDonnell

Director of Human Capital & Community Affairs
VIVÂMEE Hospitality
Brian McQuarrie

Brian McQuarrie

First Vice President, Investment Services
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Shaun O'Brien

Shaun O'Brien

Superintendent of Food & Retail
Delaware River & Bay Authority
Rob Patillo

Rob Patillo

Assistant Vice President of Hotel Operations
Tropicana, AC
Lori Pepenella

Lori Pepenella

Chief Executive Officer
Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce
Mike Ramos

Mike Ramos

General Manager
Hilton Garden Inn
Jon Rosky

Jon Rosky

Foodservice Consultant
Crabtree McGrath Associates
Cheldin Rumer

Cheldin Rumer

CEO & Executive Producer
THIS IS IT Network
Joseph Sheridan

Joseph Sheridan

Chef Educator
Atlantic Cape Community College
Becky Shultz

Becky Shultz

Vice President - Food & Beverage
Ocean Casino Resort
Larry Sieg

Larry Sieg

President & CEO
Visit Atlantic City
Diane Wieland

Diane Wieland

Director
Cape May County Department of Tourism
Shelley Williams

Shelley Williams

Vice President of Sales
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
Shawn Zakar

Shawn Zakar

Business Teacher / Stockton Adjunct
Lacey Township High School / Stockton University
Jim Ziereis

Jim Ziereis

Vice President of Hotel Sales - Atlantic City Region
Golden Nugget - Atlantic City

 

 

Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program (FLP) is an academic course combining traditional classroom learning with short-term studying abroad. A FLP contains two components: 1) a credit-bearing course offered in fall, spring, or summer semesters and 2) a faculty-led travel occurs before (i.e. winter break), during (i.e. spring break), or after the course (i.e. summer break) for approximately 1-3 weeks. Stockton's FLPs are directed by one or two Stockton faculty and/or staff who accompany students abroad. Students will travel with their faculty and classmates together and need to pay extra Program Fee for the travel component. Please contact oge@stockton.edu for any questions or need more information. 

 

Hospitality & Tourism Study Tour - HTMS 3132: For students, study tours offer the opportunity to learn while traveling off campus under the direction of Stockton faculty.  Study tours are more structured and shorter than study abroad experiences. Study tours are faculty-led travelling classes that provide students with new opportunities to understand and apply theories and ideas related to Hospitality & Tourism Studies in hands-on and experiential settings that include academically rigorous and culturally enriching international experiences.

 

Alumni Success

Thomas Stanimirov

Thomas Stanimirov '17

The Madison

Read more about Thomas

 

Angela Wedemeyer

Angela Wedemeyer '04

General Manager, Embassy Suites BWI Airport

Read more about Angela

 

Gabrielle Ward

Gabrielle Ward '18

Royal Bine Bewing

Read more about Gabrielle

 

 

 

ICHRIE ESD Symposium Flyer

 

  • Stockton University’s Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management Program is proud to announce TWO students who will represent Stockton at the upcoming ESD Symposium Event. This symposium focuses on contemporary issues related to the hospitality and tourism industry.

 

  • Lydia will be presenting work titled, “Where Have All the Hospitality Students Gone?” and Zach will be presenting work titled, “Investigating Overtourism Approaches in National Wildlife Refuges.”

 

  • More information on the event can be found here.

Congrats!

 

Faculty with Assemblyman Raply R. Caputo

 

  • Stockton University hosted New Jersey Assemblyman Ralph R. Caputo, the State Assembly Tourism, Gaming and Arts Committee Chair on June 8th at the Atlantic City Campus.

Read the full article here

Young Leaders Expo

  • Young Leaders Expo was a great success for students!

Read the full article here


HTMS Disney College Program

Disney College Program

Stockton students considering the Disney College Program experience are encouraged to read through all the details provided by Disney on their website: Disney College Program

HTMS Students typically take a full semester off from Stockton to Live, Learn, and Earn at Disney.

There are opportunities to earn credits in the HTMS required Internship course and Professional Work Experience course. 

It is imperative that you read through all the information provided by Stockton and Disney, and meet with your Preceptor about your individual options.

How will my financial aid be affected?

If you are a Direct Loan recipient, any period of enrollment that is less than half-time (6 credits) will begin your six-month grace period. Grace period is a time when you are not repaying your loan. Once the six-month grace period expires you will begin to repay your loan. Upon your return to Stockton and being enrolled at least half time (6 credits) your monthlyrepayments will be suspended. Your financial aid awards are based upon assumedfull time (12 credits)enrollment. If your enrollment status at Stockton falls below full-time (12 credits), your financial aid awards will be re-calculated based on your actual enrollment and you will be notified after the 100% drop/add period of the semester. Be sure to check the enrollment eligibility requirements for the financial aid programs that were awarded to you. Also, please review scholarship provisions as some require continuous enrollment to maintain eligibility. You can find this information on Stockton’s financial aid webpage.

How will my campus housing be affected?

If you live on campus, please access the GoStockton Portal and complete the Residential Life Cancellation form to cancel your housing for the term in which you will be away. Be prepared to show proof of acceptance into the internship.  If you will be participating in the internship for the Spring Term and plan to return to the residences for the following Fall Term, please attend a Housing Renewal Information Session prior to your departure. Session dates and times will be announced each fall and are posted on the Residential Life home page. During your time away, please contact the Office of Residential Life if you have any questions or need assistance completing the three-step Housing Renewal Process so you can secure housing for the following Fall Term when you return to campus.

Can I earn credit at Stockton University for the Disney College Program?

Currently, only students who are enrolled in internship courses through Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management Studies, HTMS 4970, or Communication Studies, COMM 4901, are eligible to earn credit if they meet the prerequisites. To earn credit, students must be enrolled in the internship course at the same time as they are participating in the DCP.  Please note this must typically be planned the semester prior to the experience. 

Can I transfer credits back to Stockton if I take a class at Disney?

Students are encouraged to participate in professional development opportunities known as Disney Exploration Seminars. No credits are eligible to be transferred back to Stockton University.

Do I have to tell my Preceptor what I'm doing?

You MUST work with your preceptor.

Do I need to fill out a Leave of Absence form?

No, students may miss one semester at Stockton without taking an official leave of absence.

What is my Stockton status while I'm away completing the Disney College Program?

An active student that is not registered for classes.

What do I have to do to regiser for classes for the following semester?

Register at the scheduled pre-registration time through your GoStockton, as normal.

I registered for Stockton classes before receiving my offer from Disney. Now that I received and accepted my offer, what do I do about the classes I registered for at Stockton?

If you are 100% committed to the program you may drop your courses at Stockton by logging into your go Stockton account.

Please refer to the Academic Calendar for the 100% drop deadline each term.

I had a great experience but I'm not sure how to add it to my resume?

Congratulations on obtaining professional job experience during your time in college. We hope that you had a great experience and are ready to transfer your accomplishments and new skills acquired onto your resume. Once you update your resume with your Disney College Program information connect with Career Education and Development for review. www.stockton.edu/careerappointment 

**Note: Students who have questions should contact the office providing the information. This should be done as needed after you read the provided information.

Financial Aid

If you are a Direct Loan recipient, any period of enrollment that is less than half-time (6 credits) will begin your six-month grace period. Grace period is a time when you are not repaying your loan. Once the six-month grace period expires you will begin to repay your loan. Upon your return to Stockton and being enrolled at least half time (6 credits) your monthlyrepayments will be suspended. Your financial aid awards are based upon assumedfull time (12 credits)enrollment. If your enrollment status at Stockton falls below full-time (12 credits), your financial aid awards will be re-calculated based on your actual enrollment and you will be notified after the 100% drop/add period of the semester. Be sure to check the enrollment eligibility requirements for the financial aid programs that were awarded to you. Also, please review scholarship provisions as some require continuous enrollment to maintain eligibility. You can find this information on Stockton’s financial aid webpage.


Leave of Absence 
Students may miss one semester at Stockton without taking an official leave of absence.
 
If you have registered for Stockton classes before receiving your offer from Disney. 
If you are 100% committed to the program you may drop your courses at Stockton by logging into your goStockton account. Refer to the Important Dates box on the Home tab for the time frame you are allowed to do this.

Housing/Residential Life
If you live on campus, please access the GoStockton Portal and complete the Residential Life Cancellation form to cancel your housing for the term in which you will be away. Be prepared to show proof of acceptance into the internship.  If you will be participating in the internship for the Spring Term and plan to return to the residences for the following Fall Term, please attend a Housing Renewal Information Session prior to your departure. Session dates and times will be announced each fall and are posted on the Residential Life home page. During your time away, please contact the Office of Residential Life if you have any questions or need assistance completing the three-step Housing Renewal Process so you can secure housing for the following Fall Term when you return to campus.

Precepting
Schedule a meeting with your Preceptor to discuss your absence and when/how to sign up for classes upon your return. 
 
You MUST work with your preceptor if you are an HTMS student. You will also need to be sure to reach out to your preceptor while you are away for academic advising.

Course Credits
HTMS students typically take a full semester off from Stockton to Live, Learn and Earn at Disney.
 
There are opportunities to earn credit for classes and the work experience.  Every student situation is different depending on how many credits you have, what electives you need, your financial aid situation. Disney has a process required to validate the earning of credit by the intuition.
 
Students are encouraged to participate in professional development opportunities known as Disney Exploration Seminars. No credits are eligible to be transferred back to Stockton University.
 
Leave of Absence

Students may miss one semester at Stockton without taking an official leave of absence.


Housing/Residential Life
During your time away, please contact the Office of Residential Life if you have any questions or need assistance completing the three-step Housing Renewal Process so you can secure housing for the following Term when you return to campus.

Precepting
You MUST work with your preceptor if you are an HTMS student. You will also need to be sure to reach out to your preceptor while you are away for academic advising.  Scheduling a phone appointment or communicating via email is appropriate.
 
Register at the scheduled pre-registration time through goStockton, as normal.
 

**Note: Students who have questions should contact the office providing the information. This should be done as needed after you read the provided information. 

Course Credits

Students are encouraged to participate in professional development opportunities known as Disney Exploration Seminars. No credits are eligible to be transferred back to Stockton University.


Career Development

I had a great experience but I’m not sure how to add it to my resume? 

Congratulations on obtaining professional job experience during your time in college. We hope that you had a great experience and are ready to transfer your accomplishments and new skills acquired onto your resume. Once you update your resume with your Disney College Program information connect with Career Education and Development for review. www.stockton.edu/careerappointment 

**Note: Students who have questions should contact the office providing the information. This should be done as needed after you read the provided information.

 

For more information on the HTMS Disney College Program please contact:

Tara Marsh

Tara Marsh

HTMS Internship Coordinator
609-626-3646 | G-112

Program & Co-Curricular Activities
 

Hospitality and Tourism Management Society:

This student led organization promotes community engagement, networking and educational endeavors including dinearoundss, tours, fundraising, and service learning activities. The Hospitality and Tourism Management Society is one of the most active student organizations at Stockton University.

Eta Sigma Delta:

Eta Sigma Delta ESDD) is an international honor society that recognizes exceptional academic achievement among hospitality and tourism students. It is administered by the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education ICHRIEE), the global leader in hospitality and tourism education and research.

Distinguished Speaker Series:

Each semester the Hospitality and Tourism Management Society at Stockton present a dynamic speaker from somewhere in the hospitality and tourism industry of national or international prominence to address our entire student body. These speakers provide the students with current trends and industry insights.

Hospitality and Tourism Business Tours and Demonstrations:

The Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies program provides site visitation to hospitality and tourism businesses, as well as guest speakers and professional demonstrations.

The Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism (LIGHT)

The Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism (LIGHT) at Stockton University provides a forum for public policy discussions regarding the gaming, hospitality and tourism industries in New Jersey.  LIGHT is supported in its efforts to provide the most recent, accurate and relevant information to community leaders and policy makers, by a team of skilled experts drawn from Stockton faculty and the broader community.  Their contributions include the quarterly Atlantic City Tourism Performance Indicators report, a variety of studies focused on issues such as problem gambling among New Jersey's youth and the behaviors ofMillennialss in the consumer marketplace.

We hope that these insights into New Jersey's gaming, hospitality and tourism industries will inspire you as they have inspired us to seek out new solutions and new ways to work together toward a common goal; the success of our local businesses and the neighboring communities which they serve.  

For more information about LIGHT projects and events click here

LIGHT now offers certificates designed specifically for professionals in the gaming, hospitality, tourism and event management industries. These programs bring together resources from across the University and regional business community and are delivered in partnership with the Office of Continuing Studies & Adult Education at Stockton University. 

LIGHT Certificates


Jane Bokunewicz

Jane Bokunewicz, Institute Coordinator