Hospitality Association

The mission of the Hospitality Association is to create and refine hospitality business leaders by providing forums for academic growth, industry experience, leadership roles, and career-enhancing opportunities and by encouraging social interaction and the development of student unity within The School of Hospitality Business.

The School's student Hospitality Association (HA) is the oldest-the original- student hospitality club in the nation. Today it is comprised of ten clubs, each giving students the chance to learn more about the industry, examine their career choices, develop their leadership skills, and make good friends and important contacts. HA also helps to plan and produce four main School events each year:

The School's Four Main Events


For three decades, CAREER EXPO has been the premier hospitality business career fair and professional development event on campus each fall, with nearly 80 of the nation's leading hospitality companies recruiting approximately 800 students who attend the two-day event. Day one begins with professional development workshops on a variety of topics conducted by industry leaders, and then The School's Industry Partner of the Year is named. The evening's career fair, featuring over 200 recruiters, provides industry professionals and students with networking opportunities, while formal interviews, held the second day of CAREER EXPO, help students to secure internships and permanent positions.

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Vegas Night

Vegas Night is one of the premier events for The School of Hospitality Business. The one-night gaming casino fundraiser is run by 13 students in The School, with the help of over 100 fellow hospitality business student volunteers. All students, faculty, and members of the MSU/East Lansing community are invited to come and play.

The event includes games like blackjack, roulette, craps, poker, bingo, and, of course, the money wheel! We also host a 100-person poker tournament alongside the casino. Over 500 guests participate each year, and some walk away with huge payouts! It is a great opportunity for students to learn about the gaming industry and the execution of a large event - and it's an exciting event for all!

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The Hospitality Association/The School of Hospitality Business Alumni Association Annual Auction

The Annual Auction in February is a premier fundraising event for the Hospitality Association and the Alumni Association, featuring spectacular individual items and packages donated by alumni and other industry friends in live auction and silent auctions. This popular event draws hundreds of community members, alumni, students, and faculty, and helps fund a number of programs in The School, as well as local charities. With a different theme each year, Auction is an exciting, colorful event, organized and led by students in partnership with School alumni.

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Les Gourmets

One of the oldest and most highly-regarded Schools of its kind, The School of Hospitality Business at MSU offers students an exceptionally well-crafted curriculum, taught by innovative professors and enhanced by practical experiences. Future employers are drawn to students' theoretical and classroom knowledge and the real-life experience that comes from internships and as a wide variety of student-led club and annual events.

The premier annual event in The School is Les Gourmets. Founded as a student organization in 1951, students in Les Gourmets produced their first dinner in 1955. Starting as a simple buffet and dinner dance, the event has since evolved into a formal (black-tie suggested), seven-course, world-class reception and dinner showcasing the talents of hundreds of student volunteers and all they have learned from their professors and work experiences. Under the direction of Professor Allan Sherwin (BA '64) and with the guidance of other distinguished faculty members and guest chefs, the students work in all areas - management, sales, marketing, purchasing, finance, culinary management, bartending, and serving - creating a night to remember each spring for hundreds of guests.

Welcome to the Les Gourmets experience. Please use this website to become acquainted with our impressive event and the people behind it.

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Student Clubs

The clubs of the Hospitality Association include:
Club Managers Association of America (CMAA)
Eta Sigma Delta
Global Hospitality Business Organization (GHBO)
Hospitality Sales and Marketing International
Lodging & Gaming Management Association (LGMA)
National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH)
Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)
Real Estate Investment Club (REIC)
Society for Foodservice Management (SFM)

Each one of these clubs schedules speakers, tours, demonstrations, and other educational and social events catering to the diversified interests of the various club memberships.

The Hospitality Association is more than just its constituent clubs. HA also provides marketing and financial support to the various clubs and events and hosts activities throughout the year. For example, HA helps with or hosts:

Hospitality Association Student Events Calendar

The Hospitality Association also helps and encourages students to attend the annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show in New York City and the annual National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, giving them opportunities to learn and grow.

One of the HA's beliefs is "By doing good, you will do well." For more than a decade, the HA clubs and events have made cash donations to Give Kids the World, Make-a-Wish Foundation, MSU Safe Place, Paws with a Cause, Ele's Place, MSU Habitat for Humanity, and the Junior League of Lansing, to name a few. We believe that giving back not only helps others, but it also gives us the opportunity to learn service to others.

Every Hospitality Business student at Michigan State University is automatically a member of the Hospitality Association.

Contact: John Soave, CEO
Hospitality Association
232 Eppley Center
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-9211