There are several student organizations specifically for students majoring in hospitality and tourism management. The organizations offer a variety of activities including professional development and community service. Visit HHS Student Organizations. Also, visit Purdue Student Organizations. (Click on Browse Organizations.)
American Hotel and Lodging Association - Purdue Chapter
AHLA promotes the social and professional development of hospitality students. Members tour some of the highest rated hotels in Greater Lafayette, Indianapolis, and Chicagoland. Members also network with top executives in the industry at campus events and the national conference.
Advisor: Annmarie Nicely
President: Ben Worland
Visit the AHLA website
Club Managers Association of America
CMAA is designed to promote and advance relations among persons connected with the management of clubs. Students are involved in setting up field trips to various types of clubs as well as educational seminars for students interested in the various facets of club management.
Advisor: Hugo Tang
Eta Sigma Delta
This international honor society recognizes academic excellence of hospitality management students. Eta Sigma Delta is part of the Council of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Educators (CHRIE). Students in the academic top 20 percent of the college are invited to join this prestigious society. Members engage in community service, tutoring hospitality management students, social activities, and professional service to the hospitality industry.
Advisor: Joe Ismail
President: Ontario Kabobel
Visit the Eta Sigma Delta Web site
Griffin Corps is an elite foodservice team-in-training that serves at prestigious University functions. Corps members earn academic credit and are paid for hours worked. Members selected take HTM 393 Advanced Service Technique and HTM 394 Service Internship for a total of two credits.
Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association
HSMA provides students who have an interest in sales and marketing with the opportunity to develop those skills working with hotels, restaurants, and tourist organizations throughout the Midwest. HSMA organizes six sales blitzes each year where members become part of the professional sales force of a company, making personal phone calls on their behalf. HSMA provides a great opportunity to network with executives in the hospitality industry, gain valuable sales experience, and stay in some of the finest hotels in the region (all expenses paid).
Advisor: Mick La Lopa
President: Alicia Van Rensburg
Visit the HSMA Web site
HTM Career Day Executive Board
This elected board is responsible for organizing and implementing the annual HTM Career Day that hosts over 50 companies to campus.
Advisors: Doug Nelson; and Maria Campos
President: Kayan Olinger
HTM Graduate Student Association
Hospitality and Tourism Management Society
HTM Society is an association of students who plan to enter the hospitality industry as professional managers. Members have a common interest in helping each other understand the profession of foodservice and lodging management.
Advisor: Carl Behnke
President: Bella Murray
HTM Society officers
National Society of Minorities in Hospitality
NSMH is the premier professional organization for minorities in hospitality. The group addresses diversity and mulitculturalism, as well as a focus on career development. They work to make the industry aware of the benefits that a diverse workforce provides in a business that caters to the world. Its motto: "Today's Students - Tomorrow's Leaders".
Professional Convention Management Association
PCMA is dedicated to actively pursuing opportunities in the special events industry. Members learn from special events industry guest speakers and through hands-on experience how to present, promote, and effectively put on events.
Restaurant and Foodservice Association
The purpose of The Purdue University Restaurant Association is to guide each student member to develop both personally and professionally, to help students generate trusted social and professional networks, and to encourage students to commit to excellence in the restaurant industry. As a chapter, we strive to mold each member into the ideal hospitality industry professional, prior to his or her graduation date. We will hold events to give students the opportunity to explore culinary innovations, restaurant structures, and business procedures in order to become well versed in numerous aspects of restaurant and food service industries.
Tourism Association of Purdue
TAP is a support group for students interested in the tourism industry. Guest speakers help members gain insight into the types of jobs available upon graduation. Members attend tourism conferences across the United States to facilitate industry networking.