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November 2004

The California State University published a statewide impact report that identified hospitality as one of four significant industries related to job growth in California. Others included agriculture, engineering and entertainment. This study spurred discussion on how the CSU can support these industries.

June 2005

The CSU convened the Partnership with Hospitality and Tourism Forum at Cal Poly Pomona on June 2, 2005. The forum focused on key issues facing the hospitality and tourism industries and the CSU's partnership role in preparing the future workforce. Participants included Chancellor Reed and industry leaders.

November 2005

The CSU convened the 2005 Hospitality Summit in Los Angeles to present results of an internal study of hospitality management programs at a number of CSU campuses.

December 2007

Cal Poly Pomona President J. Michael Ortiz, appointed Dr. Andy Feinstein to the post of Dean and James A. Collins Distinguished Chair of The Collins College of Hospitality Management.

May 2008

Dean Feinstein presented a follow-up report on the state of hospitality management education in the CSU to President Ortiz. Based on the findings of the Hospitality Summit and subsequent research, this report called for the new Hospitality Management Education Initiative (HMEI).

June 2008

Chancellor Reed appointed Dean Feinstein to the post of CSU Director of Hospitality Management Education.

May 29, 2009

The inaugural meeting of the CSU Hospitality Industry Advisory Board was held in Long Beach, California. The meeting was followed by a joint networking lunch with the advisors and the universities’ program leaders.

That same afternoon, the inaugural meeting of the CSU Hospitality Management Program Leaders Committee was held to discuss opportunities for increasing collaboration and synergies between CSU programs, the industry and California community colleges.

October 2009

HMEI launched the “Adopt-a-Campus” program in order to familiarize advisory board members with campus programs via site visits and guest lecturing.

May 2010

A total of 134 new articulation agreements for hospitality coursework were added during the 2009/2010 academic year. These agreements allow students to receive automatic transfer credit for lower-division courses completed at a community college.

The 2010 CSU economic impact report was released. This report again highlighted the important role that the hospitality industry plays in the California economy.

June 2010

The second annual board meeting on June 1 provided advisors insights on retention strategies in support of the CSU’s Graduation Initiative.

November 2010

HMEI launched “Take a Student to Work Day” in which students shadow advisory board members for a day. Its goal is to expose students to the various careers in the hospitality industry as well as form connections between students and industry leaders.

January 2011

HMEI hosted the CSU African American Initiative’s Southern California Board’s meeting for their annual Super Sunday outreach event.

April 2011

The annual HMEI board meeting took place in Sacramento, followed by reception for legislators.

April 2012

During the fourth annual board meeting, held at Cal Poly Pomona, advisors and academic program leaders collaborated to develop strategies in the following areas: branding & advocacy, student outreach, data & research, and outreach & partnerships.

May 2012

HMEI board members participated in the Joint Higher Education Advocacy Day in Sacramento to reiterate the need for hospitality management education in California.

October 2012

Harald Herrmann, President of Yard House Restaurants, joined the CSU Hospitality Industry Advisory Board. 

November 2012

One hundred and fifty students from eight LA-area high schools participate Experience Hospitality, a half day event featuring industry speakers, tours of hospitality venues and a networking lunch with local hospitality leaders. HMEI c0-hosted the event with The Collins College and CRAEF.

January 2013

Twenty-five representatives from eight CSU campuses and a community college with executives from Visit California, California Restaurant Association and California Hotel & Lodging Association met with numerous members of the Assembly, Senate and the Governor's Office as part of the first CSU Hospitality Lobby Day.

February 2013

HMEI developed the Briefing on Ecotourism and Sustainability in CSU Hospitality Management Campuses to provide a comprehensive summary of the work being done in these important areas. CSU hospitality management programs are committed to training students to be stewards of the environment and the community.

May 2013

More than 50 hospitality educators and faculty from the California Community Colleges (CCC) and the Cal State University system gathered for the 4th annual Professional Development Hospitality Symposium at The Collins College of Hospitality Management.

June 2013

Dean Andy Feinstein accepted the position of deputy provost at San Jose State University. Dr. Ed Merritt was named interim dean of The Collins College and interim director of the CSU Hospitality Management.

August 2013

HMEI sponsored and presented at the CSU Super Saturday college fair.

October 2013

San Jose State, HMEI and CRAEF co-hosted Experience Hospitality: Northern California Fair on Oct. 25 at the Fourth Street Summit Center in San Jose. 200 local high school students participated in the half day event.

December 2013

On December 4, the CSU Hospitality Industry and Advisory Board and CSU hospitality management program leaders met at the CSU Chancellor’s Office to detail HMEI program updates.

February 2014

The Collins College of Hospitality Management hosted the Southern California Career Fair Expo with more than 60 industry professionals present to speak with several hundred students from the Southern California area.

March 2014

HMEI and San Francisco State University partnered to co-host the Northern California Career Fair Expo where 7 campuses participated with over 500 students and alumni in attendance. The event was held in the San Francisco State University Library and hosted 40 industry professionals.

May 2014

HMEI, Collins College of Hospitality Management, CRAEF and Hilton Anaheim co-hosted Experience Hospitality: Orange County on May 13 where students participated in a half-day event featuring industry speakers, tours of hospitality venues in Anaheim, California and a networking luncheon. More than 400 local high school students participated in the half day event.

June 2014

Dr. Lea R. Dopson was appointed to the post of Dean and James A. Collins Distinguished Chair of the Collins College of Hospitality Management

February 2015

The HMEI Program Leaders convened for a Strategic Planning Retreat at CSU East Bay where a new mission, vision, and goals were developed to guide the Initiative from 2015-2020.

March 2015

HMEI partner with CSU Long Beach on March 4 to produce the first ever Southern California Hospitality Career Expo. All five Southern California campuses participated with over 350 students and alumni in attendance and 38 companies present. HMEI Also partnered with San Francisco State University to produce the second annual Northern California Hospitality Career Expo on March 12. Seven of the nine Northern California Campuses had students participate with over 350 students and alumni in attendance with 48 company representatives from the industry.

April 2015

HMEI partnered with the California Restaurant Association Education Foundation to produce the second Experience Hospitality: Orange County. Over 250 local high school students from the LA and OC Chapters of ProStart attended the half day event that kicked off at the Anaheim Hilton with a CSU Student Panel. After touring the OC?s top hospitality venues, students gathered at Anaheim Marriott for an education fair and networking luncheon with industry professionals.