Welcome to the first edition of At Your Service, our departmental newsletter. We are excited to share the latest department news during this exciting time for Hospitality and Retail Management.
Our outstanding faculty researchers have been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps grant for $50,000 (the department’s first NSF grant) and another $50,000 grant from Cotton Inc.! We’ve added Fashion Merchandising as a concentration and minor to our bachelor’s degree in Retail Management.
Exploring new technologies for our students, I attended the Project Voice Conference where Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and even the NFL gathered to further develop voice-assisted intelligence, such as Amazon's Alexa. Information gained from the conference will propel our students into the future. I will be addressing next year’s conference, so keep an eye out for all things AI, VR, and Voice related to HRM.
Perhaps most exciting for the Department is the announcement of a $1,270,000 renovation for Skyviews! Skyviews will undergo a complete transformation this summer. We look forward to welcoming you to the all-new Skyviews this fall.
I encourage you to share your news and accomplishments with us so we can share with the HRM community and partners in future editions of this newsletter. Thank you for your continued interest and support of Hospitality and Retail Management.
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Associate Professor
President, American Collegiate Retailing Association
Department of Hospitality and Retail Management
College of Human Sciences