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Hotelie Fall 2012 no classnotes

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Alumni News CHS president's message O ver 60 alumni and their friends and family joined me in Siem Reap, Cambodia in November for the annual CHS Asia-Pacific Conference. In March, the AlpAdria chapter hosted a similar event in Budapest, Hungary. And several hundred alumni, students, and faculty came together to network and catch up at November's Ninetieth Annual Cornell Hotel Show Reception in New York City. In addition, our chapters in Boston, Washington, D. C., New York City, Atlanta, Miami, and San Francisco organized well attended educational panels and lodging outlooks this year, many of them as fundraisers for scholarships. By year's end, many alumni, students, faculty, family, and friends of the School of Hotel Administration will have came together at over 155 educational and social events. CHS also hosts general membership meetings twice annually, in conjunction with Hotel Ezra Cornell and the New York hotel show. This year, we adopted a new format beginning with our spring meeting during HEC. In addition to Dean Johnson's updates on the school, we incorporated several mini-panels to present updates and information from the student body and academic areas. This meeting was also the first to be telecast live so that alumni around the world could participate from remote locations. At the fall meeting in New York, Professor Chekitan Dev, IMHI '85 moderated an alumni panel, "Defining the New Luxury." For the last 85 years, the Cornell Hotel Society has been an integral component of the school, connecting students and faculty with our alumni and the industry. With the changing times 46 School of Hotel Administration and dynamics of our alumni body, it is important that we continue to evolve to stay relevant for our stakeholders. In today's world, social media and digital technology provide alternative ways for our alumni and stakeholders to stay connected. The hospitality industry has also evolved, and many of our alumni are working in jobs outside the traditional hotel occupation. Against this backdrop, we have embarked on a project to help us review the role of the society and redefine our purpose. With a clear and relevant value proposition, we hope to excite alumni and in turn increase overall membership, engagement, and involvement with the society and the school. In March, we commissioned the Cornell Research Institute to conduct an email/phone survey to gather feedback from our members and non-members about CHS. We then spoke with a dozen prominent alumni to get their thoughts about CHS. Concurrently, in partnership with the school, we engaged an outside company to research fifteen other well known university alumni organizations to better understand their successes, unique features, and challenges. We also organized in-depth focus groups to gather input and suggestions from a cross-section of alumni. With various stakeholders' input, our goal is to have a redefined mission for CHS that will serve as our roadmap well into the future—stay tuned. to thank this year's executive committee for all their support and dedication, making it possible for me to serve my presidency from Hong Kong. We will welcome Deniz Omurgonulsen '00 as second vice president next year, while Raj Chandnani '94 will move up to first vice president and Liv Gussing '91 will become president. Please extend your congratulations and support to next year's executive committee. I am confident that Liv's leadership will take CHS to a whole new level. At the end of the year, my term as president of CHS will also come to an end. I want to take this opportunity to thank all the chapter and regional leaders and other volunteers who have given their time, energy, and resources to serve the Cornell Hotel Society. I believe we have turned a corner and there is renewed energy and momentum among our chapters and alumni. I also want Regan Taikitsadaporn '93 President, Cornell Hotel Society Regan Taikitsadaporn '93 With warmest regards,

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