Florida State University’s Dedman School of Hospitality has named Janine Budzius, the general manager and chief operating officer of Philadelphia Country Club, as their 2017 Alumna of the Year. The 1986 graduate will be celebrated at the school’s annual Honors & Awards Dinner on Sept. 21 at the university’s main campus in Tallahassee.
Below a towering, two-story Buddha, Florida State University hospitality alumni and friends dined on Pan-Asian fare at New York City’s trendy Tao Uptown. Hosted by Dr. Cyd Bougae (’75) and Chris Burr (’82) on May 11, the Dedman Alumni Dinner was the first of a series of events slated to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Dedman School of Hospitality.
Blanketing the grounds of the Goodwood Museum and Gardens on April 7, Pink & Swine was and event for the Tallahassee community, promoting the gastronomic offerings of local chefs and artisans, and benefiting the Dedman School of Hospitality’s Little Dinner Series and the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center with donations of $10,000.
Don Farr may be the only director of a hospitality school who holds a doctorate, an MBA, and a “Class A” PGA Professional ranking. Farr came to FSU in 2007 to direct the Dedman School’s golf management program and has continued to develop as an academic and a leader. We discussed his career and vision for the school.
Phil LaBrecque was a leader in the private club industry for more than thirty years, who cared about people and made a difference in their lives by encouraging and inspiring them. In that spirit of helping others, the LaBrecque family has created the Phil LaBrecque Memorial Scholarship at the Dedman School of Hospitality.
Florida State University’s Dedman School of Hospitality and Augusta National Golf Club partnered to put world-class experience on the resumes of nearly 65 students at the Masters Tournament in April.
Until she earned it, Spring 2017 graduate Carly Plantamura never heard of the Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key. Her academic achievement — completion of a Bachelor of Science in hospitality management while maintaining a 4.0 GPA — led to a surprise recognition from a professional business fraternity.
The 2017 Cecil B. Day Ethics Award was conferred upon Dan T. Cathy, Chairman and CEO of Chick-fil-A, at the organization’s corporate officer meeting in Atlanta this January. This was the tenth time a hospitality industry leader received the annual award for ethical leadership from the Day family and the Dedman School of Hospitality at Florida State University.
Woo Gon “Woody” Kim, the Robert H. Dedman Professor of Hospitality Management, ranks third in a list of the “Top 32 Hospitality Faculty by Research Impact,” in a study published in the Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism.
After almost eight years of service as director of the Dedman School of Hospitality, Jane Boyd Ohlin has moved into a new role as the school’s first director of Strategic Development.