Student Organizations

There are several student organizations specifically for students majoring in hospitality and tourism management, retail management, selling & sales management, and financial counseling & planning. 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.)

Association of Healthcare Foodservice

The Purdue Student Association for Healthcare Foodservice is the first student run chapter within the national organization.  Purdue AHF will provide students with industry and career enrichment, opportunities to network with professionals, and service work opportunities.

Advisors:  Karen Byrd and Marie Allsopp
President:  Claire Gronek
AHF officers

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 
Currently inactive

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: TBD

Fashion and Retail Organization

Purdue's Fashion and Retail Organization is focused towards anyone and everyone with a love for fashion and the retail industry. FRO is open to all Purdue students.  Our club's activities include retail industry related guest speakers, workshops, fashion presentations as well as off campus trips and DIY activities.

Advisor:  Kristofer Chang Alexander
President:  Leah Lengel

Financial Planning Association Purdue Student Chapter

The FPA Purdue Student Chapter is here to further educate and assist students interested in learning about the financial planning industry outside of the classroom, while creating opportunities for students to network with industry experienced professionals.

Advisor: David Evans
President: Jacob Dunn

Griffin Corps

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: Stephen Leitch
President: TBD

HTM/CSR 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: Susan Gordon and Maria Poynter
President: Grace O'Dell

Graduate Student Association

The mission of the HTM Graduate Student Association is to market the HTM graduate program to the industry and prospective students.
Advisor: Hugo Tang
President: Rachel Zhang
GSA Officers

HTM 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: Olivia Runner
HTM Society officers

Lodging Student Organization

Advisors:  Annmarie Nicely and Aileen Fan
Currently inactive

National Retail Federation Student Association

The NRF Student Association provides talented students interested in retail careers unique educational and scholarship programs, networking opportunities and access to the latest industry news and research.

Advisor: Catherine Zhang
President:Peyton May
NRF 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".

Advisors: Sandra Sydnor
Currently Inactive

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.

Advisor: Stephen Leitch
President: TBD

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.

Advisor: Rich Ghiselli
Currently Inactive

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.

Advisors: Jonathon Day
President:  TBD

Hospitality & Tourism Management, 900 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, PH:(765) 494-4643, Fax: (765) 494-0327

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