Hospitality Management Summer Program

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High School Student Summer Program July 19 - 25, 2015

Do you imagine yourself having a career in lodging and resort management, food and beverage management, or event management?

Whatever you imagine, make it real by enrolling in the one-week 2015 Hospitality Management Summer Program in Paul College's Department of Hospitality Management. During this one-week summer program,

  • you will live on the beautiful UNH campus,
  • work with UNH faculty and students,
  • travel to see and meet industry people, and
  • receive a certificate of completion for the UNH Hospitality Management Summer Program

Tuition is waived due to the generosity of a private donor.

This is your opportunity to explore your interest in UNH and the world's largest industry — hospitality management.


What is the Hospitality Summer Program all About?

About Our Summer Program

The 2015 Hospitality Management Summer Program is a one week program that high school rising seniors would be immersed in a mini-hospitality program.

While living on the UNH campus, experience the excitement of college life, take college courses with renowned faculty, meet hospitality students, and enjoy an "unforgettable, life-changing summer."

This first-class introduction to hospitality management is taught at UNH's world-renowned Department of Hospitality Management, currently one of oldest programs in the country.

Through presentations, hands-on experience, guest speakers, computer simulations, and more, this program will introduce you to the scope of the hospitality industry, to the major players, and to the market forces at play in this competitive field.

During the summer program you will:

  • Develop a framework for understanding the hospitality industry. You will examine the primary business models and ownership structures in the industry and identify the values that drive traditional hotel brands and foodservice operations.
  • Experience first-hand how to run a foodservice operation by spending two days in our state of the kitchen facilities (cooking your own meals with talented chefs).
  • Visit three different restaurants in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and meet the owners, chefs, and service personnel.
  • Visit three separate styles of lodging establishments, from 4-star luxury to small inns. At each of these venues you see first-hand how they operate by “Shadowing” the general manager and operating staff, learning more about hotel departments and their management, people, functions, and influence on the guest experience.
  • Use the acclaimed HotelSim hotel simulation to operate a virtual 250-room 4-star hotel. In small teams and competing against your classmates, you will learn how to maximize your hotel's revenues and profits while also meeting the needs of your guests and your shareholders.

All this will be capped off with a recognition dinner were all participants will receive a certificate of completion from the UNH Department of Hospitality Management 2015 Summer Program.

A Typical Day in the Hospitality Management Summer Program
  • Eat breakfast at Holloway Commons, an all-you-can-eat dining facility, located near your residence hall.
  • Board a bus to Wentworth By the Sea, New Castle , NH. Meet the general manager and staff and observe the inner workings (front desk operations, room services, food and beverage operations and much more) of a 4-star hotel and resort.
  • Enjoy lunch at the Wentworth Marina overlooking the bay.
  • Board the bus and head to Portsmouth where you will tour a mid-size historic inn and the Sheraton Portsmouth. Meet the general manager and staff and observe the inner workings (front desk operations, room services, food and beverage operations and much more).
  • Visit John Paul Jones House in Portsmouth a historic tourism site.
  • Return by bus to UNH and connect with the hospitality management faculty and students, in the state-of the art kitchen, to learn and prepare your own dinner (e.g. Chinese food).
  • Head back to your dorm rooms and rest up for another day of the 2015 Hospitality Management Summer Program.

Eligible students for The 2015 Hospitality Management Summer Program must:

  • Be rising high school seniors in the summer of 2015.
  • Demonstrate academic ability, maturity, and intellectual curiosity necessary to undertake this level of pre-college material.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from your teacher(s). The Summer Program does not interview prospective students. Rather, we get to know you through your application statements and letter(s) of recommendation.
  • Provide a short essay on what you expect to gain from this experience.

The tuition for this 2015 summer program has been waived through the generosity of a private donor.

The only requirement is that student's parents drop them off at UNH and pick them up at the end of the one week program.

Faculty & Staff

  • Nelson A. Barber, Ph.D.
    Interim Chair and Associate Professor of Hospitality Management
  • Janis R. Donovan
    Lecturer in Marketing
  • Raymond J. Goodman, Jr.
    Professor Emeritus of Hospitality Management
  • Pei-Jou Kuo
    Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management
  • Carl Lindblade
    Lecturer in Hospitality Management
  • Donna Stickney
    Administrative Assistant III
  • Daniel R. Winans
    Director of Dual Major in EcoGastronomy and Lecturer in Hospitality Management

Information for Parents

The Hospitality Management 2015 Summer Program is designed to give your student the opportunity to experience what college life is about. Our faculty and staff are well regarded in their field of study and research, with many years of combined teaching at the college level.

The hospitality industry—which includes hotels, resorts, restaurants, food service businesses, casinos, cruise ships, clubs, transportation, and tourism—is a 3.5 trillion dollar, high-growth service-industry within the global economy. It touches everyone. Employment in this industry is high and opportunities are many.

The UNH Department of Hospitality Management is well recognized by industry leaders and works closely with our students and faculty.

  • Question #1 - Will my student be supervised during their stay at UNH?

Answer - Yes. During the day, there will be faculty and students with them at all times. When your student returns to their dorm room, UNH "residence advisors" will be staying with them throughout the night, escorting them to breakfast and the next days program events.

  • Question #2 - How will the students be transported to and from program events off campus?

Answer - UNH has contracts with various professional bus companies. The 2015 Summer Program will have arranged for one of these services. During the trip, at least one faculty member will ride with students to and from.

  • Question #3 - How are the residence hall room arrangements set-up.

Answer - Students will be in double rooms according to gender (girls with girls and boys with boys). There will be a resident adult advisory on the floor during the evening.

  • Question #4 - What is the cost to attend this summer program?

Answer - Due to the generosity of a private donor, tuition for the 2015 summer program has been waived. You only need to drop-off and pick-up your student at the UNH campus.

  • Question #5 - What does my student need to bring for the week stay on campus?

Answer - Each room is provided with a pillow and bed. Students should bring linens, towels, blankets, their own personal hygiene items, clothes for the week, including something professional for meeting industry executives.

Should you have further questions, feel free to contact Donna Stickney, program administrator at or 603.862.3303

Facts about the Department of Hospitality Management at UNH

The Hospitality Management Program ranks among the best available. The program provides students with the overall breadth and depth of a common core of business courses in accounting, economics, information systems, and management, as well as professional interdisciplinary courses and internship opportunities in hotel management, food service and restaurant management, conventions and event management and other hospitality management areas.

Highlights of the Department of Hospitality Management:

  • Students can focus their hospitality education through three specific specializations - food and beverage management, lodging and resort management, and event management.
  • Second oldest hospitality management program in the US (founded in 1926).
  • Accredited by both AACSB and ACPHA.
  • One of five hospitality programs in an AACSB accredited Business School.
  • Brand new state-of-the facility that features high tech space for program courses.
  • Our graduates have a high placement rate with starting salaries competitive to the market.