Penn State SHM 14th Annual Alumni in the Classroom & PSHRS Alumni Awards

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Alumni are invited to return to Penn State School of Hospitality Management classrooms for the alumni outreach program that provides students with an opportunity to learn first-hand about the careers they are pursuing.

The two-day program includes alumni serving as guest presenters during regular classes as well as opportunity for alumni to engage with other alumni, faculty and graduate degree students during special topic sessions.

In conjunction with the Alumni in the Classroom event, the Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society (PSHRS) Alumni Awards Reception will be held at the Nittany Lion Inn Oct. 16, where several SHM alumni receive honors.


Tuesday, October 15

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Opening Night Alumni Social, Hyatt Place

Wednesday, October 16

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Classes & Special Sessions and New Facility Tours

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch in Café Laura

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Alumni & Faculty Pre-Reception

6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
PSHRS Alumni Awards Reception

Thursday, October 17

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Alumni Breakfast Mixer in Café Laura

8:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Classes & New Facility Tours

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch in Café Laura

12:00 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.
PSHRS Executive Board Meeting (invitation only)

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
PSHRS All Alumni General Meeting (open to all alumni)

Saturday, October 19

Staying for the PSU VS. Michigan State Game? Join us for the PSHRS Alumni Tailgate.


What is the deadline to complete my application to participate in Alumni in the Classroom?

Monday, September 23.

Where can I view the course descriptions?

Where can I get hotel accommodations?

There are a limited amount of guest rooms available at the Nittany Lion Inn for Tuesday -Thursday nights. The rate is $145. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-233-7505 and reference ALUM19C or online at, select "Book Now," enter your arrival date and number of nights, Group Code -ALUM19C, and submit. The cut-off date for reservations is Sunday, September 15.

Additional hotels and accommodation information can be found at PA Convention & Visitors Bureau.

What are my parking options for the event?

The Nittany Lion Inn Parking Deck is adjacent to Mateer Building with hourly rates. If you are staying overnight at the Nittany Lion Inn you will receive a parking pass at check-in.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Jackie Golas at or 814-865-1854.

Will meals be provided?

Café Laura is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (grab & go only after 1:00 p.m.). Alumnni participants receive complimentary lunch Wednesday and Thursday.

There is a complimentary Alumni Continental Breakfast Mixer on Thursday from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. in Café Laura. Please stop in before or after your morning class to network with fellow alumni.

Where do I check-in upon my arrival?

Upon your arrival please register in 201 Mateer and pick-up your name badge. Your name badge will be needed to attend all events (classes,sessions and tours, lunches, reception). We will also go over any final changes to your itinerary at this time. Registration is open 7:30am-4pm Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.. Those arriving just in time for the reception on Wednesday evening may register at the Nittany Lion Inn outside the Ballroom beginning at 6:00 p.m..

Please plan to meet your faculty member at the location of your scheduled class, unless you have made alternate arrangements with each faculty member.

When will I receive my schedule?

Our goal is for you to receive your finalized itinerary two week prior to your arrival, October 2nd. All applications received by the deadline of September 23 will be accepted to participate. Please make your travel plans. We will work with your class preferences and arrival/departure times you have provided to us. We encourage all alumni to arrive on Tuesday evening for the Opening Night Alumni Social at Hyatt Place taking place between 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

How do I prepare for my assigned class(es)?

Once assignments have been finalized (after October 2) the instructors of your assigned classes should reach out to you. You will also be provided their contact information should you wish to reach out to them. It is up to the individual instructors to give you guidence on how they wish to conduct their class. Each class may be different depending on the class size, number of alumni presenting, course content, and instructor teaching style.

What if I don't want to sign up for Alumni in the Classroom but want to attend the PSHRS Alumni Awards reception and/or PSHRS General Board Meeting?

You can register for those events seperately on this registration site by choosing them as your ticket type.

How do I become a PSHRS member?

Activate or renew your membership at

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