What strides has TTU HRM taken to adapt to virtual learning?
What strides has TTU HRM taken to adapt to virtual learning?

Dear Friends and Supporters,
I hope this newsletter finds you safe and well. At present it is important to stay in touch with family and friends, so we would like to share these updates with you. While these are truly trying times for everyone, however; our efforts in education and research must continue. While it may be hard to see today, in the very near future, many of you will be reaching out to us seeking new talent who are career-ready. You may also be seeking new best practices, which our research can help provide. So please read through this newsletter to see all that is continuing in the Department. 

In this edition, you will find information on our off-campus transition (you can see my home “office” pictured below in Working from Home). In "What We’re Doing" you will find updates on how we are supporting those looking advance their skills and education by pursuing a Masters Degree, which can now be accessed online from anywhere. You will also find a link in "Brew Beer from Home" to a video created by two of our graduate students demonstrating some of the innovative teaching tools we are providing to ensure that TTU HRM students continue their tradition of excellence! In fact, our Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management program was just ranked in the Top 10 for both Best Online and Most Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degrees! You can find more information below. 

Along with you, we are looking forward to getting back to traveling, dining out, shopping in-store, and spending time together with friends and family. We thank you for your continued interest and support, and please reach out to me or any of the faculty and staff in HRM if there is anything we can do to support you. Remember we are, At Your Service!

Robert Paul Jones, Ph.D.
Department Chairperson, Hospitality and Retail Management
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Thank you

for the continued support for our program from our outstanding industry partners.

Thank you for your generous gift to the department, especially during this difficult time!

Thank you for your support through the hiring of our outstanding students!

HRM is Recognized as One of the Top Online Hospitality Programs

Featured as #7 on Online U's list of 2020's Most Affordable Online Colleges

Featured as #9 on Guide to Online School's list of 2020's Best Online Colleges for Value

Working from Home

HRM has transitioned to a completely remote working and learning format. Faculty are encouraged to take measures to develop a routine work habit during this time:
1) Create a safe and quiet workspace. Having a designated area to complete work tasks allows the brain to switch into work mode. 
2) Follow a routine. Try to set a daily routine to encourage productivity. A cup of coffee or a morning regime gives you an amplified start to your day, kicking it off with vigor and structure.
3) Weekly Virtual Meetings. Our professors are keeping up with their teaching and research assistants by hosting weekly virtual meetings. HRM-ers are encouraged to discuss the transition from in-person to virtual life so as to be congregants of support.
4) Online Adaptations of In-Person Assignments. Faculty are finding innovative ways to transition their courses to virtual learning. This includes featuring virtual guest lectures, online brewing demonstrations, and other updated learning approaches. 

What We're Doing

The Department of Hospitality and Retail Management is supporting our students and faculty by taking the following measures:
- Waiving the GRE requirement for incoming Graduate Students
- Paying the Application Fee for incoming Graduate Students
- Providing an anonymous forum for student and faculty feedback
- Working diligently to transition all courses to an online format while upholding the quality of education

What You Can Do

- Lean in. Industry support is more important now than ever. What puts our program a step ahead of all others is the opportunities we offer to students in regard to industry connections and job placement. 
- Continue to network with students, professors, and industry professionals. Now is a great time to throw a LinkedIn message to a long-interesting prospect.
- Invest in HRM and its students. A little help makes a massive difference in the lives of a student. Support the education of a Hospitality and Retail Management student HERE.

What We Can Do For You

- Expand online graduate courses to accommodate distance learning. Have you considered returning to college for a graduate degree? Now is the time!
- Implement more technology opportunities for students. The Hospitality and Retail Management Department at Texas Tech is set apart from other similar programs by its unique technology certification opportunities including Blue Yonder (JDA) Space and Floor Planning Software, Category Management Certification, InContext Solutions Shopper MX Specialist Certification, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET®) Level 1 & 2 Certificates, and more. 
- Enhance your skills by partnering with corporate retailers or doing hands-on research at an R1 institution with highly qualified professors as mentors. Students leave the program with unmatchable presentation skills, industry applied projects, and research experience under their belts. 
- Provide networking opportunities. Hospitality and Retail Management graduate programs work closely with industry professionals on projects, research opportunities, and career fairs to adequately prepare students for post-grad careers. This ensures that upon graduation, all students have a plethora of options and personal connections to explore.
How To Apply

Brew Beer from Home!

Watch Joseph Kleypas, an instructor and doctoral student in the HRM department, teach his students how to brew beer virtually. In a physical learning environment, Mr. Kleypas would have utilized his lab time to instruct students and allow them to create their own brew. However, Kleypas took the chance to innovate using virtual learning and create a demonstration in his own kitchen to stream to students. Watch the video HERE.
Watch Now

Virtual Lectures

Valerie Hlavaty, a retail professor in the Hospitality and Retail Management Department, continues to teach her courses using Virtual Lecture tools! Hlavaty is adapting her course, Visual Merchandising, to be compatible with an online learning format.
Invest in HRM

Blue Yonder (JDA) Conference is free

The conference will be held online on May 5-6, 2020 and is free to the public. See event details HERE>>

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