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Common Issues, Unique Solutions

Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Management Aims to Rebuild and Protect Long Island’s Natural Assets

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Earlier this year, St. Joseph’s College unveiled the Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Management (IHTM), and on March 13, faculty members voted to approve the creation of a related bachelor’s degree program to begin in the fall 2013 semester.

“By way of the Institute, we will partner with our surrounding communities to provide education, research and technical and cultural support to help promote economic and cultural development and ecological conservation,” said Christopher Frost, Ph.D., the Long Island Campus’ academic dean.

“In the face of Superstorm Sandy, we were all reminded how intricately connected we are to our physical place, and how urgent the need is to prepare students to take on the challenge of stewarding our natural resources.”

The Institute launched its inaugural speakers series — Common Issues, Unique Solutions: Rebuilding and Protecting Long Island’s Natural Assets and Communities — at the Long Island Campus on March 12 with a lecture by Andrew Mowen, Ph.D., of the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management at Pennsylvania State University, and Ariane Rung, Ph.D. of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Their lecture, “Disaster Resistance and Resilience: Why Neighborhood Parks Matter,” discussed the critical role that park and recreation services can play in fostering community engagement and rebuilding social cohesion after a natural disaster.

On April 10, Daniel Wolff visited the Long Island Campus to present “Disaster Revelations: Losses, gains and rebuilding efforts for a new future.” Mr. Wolff, best-selling author of The Fight for Home: How (Parts of) New Orleans Came Back, drew comparisons between Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, and discussed what we can watch for in the relief efforts to come. His documentary film I’m Carolyn Parker (directed by Academy Award winner Jonathan Demme) was screened in the McGann Conference Center before the lecture.

For more information on the Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Management, visit www.sjcny.edu/ihtm.

 

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