For 23 hospitality students interested in organizing events, trade shows, conferences, and conventions, a recent daylong conference in New York City provided firsthand exposure to their chosen career paths. The conference, New York Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Education Day, took place on Sept. 16 at the Millennium Hotel.
The New York PCMA Education Day featured networking sessions, technology seminars, workshops, and top industry speakers, such as Jessica L. Levin, president and chief connector, Seven Degrees Communications, LLC; Ellen Dudley, co-founder of CrowdScanner; and Thom Singer, best-selling author and conference speaker.
Faculty and staff members participated with students in the conference, including: professors James Murdy, Ph.D., associate dean and executive director of professional enrichment; Alan Fairbairn, associate professor of hospitality studies; Robert Koenig, Ed.D., associate dean of the School of Management's Student Advancement Programs and Department of Hospitality Studies; and Stephanie Langdon, staff associate for the Hospitality Management Program.
The NYIT Department of Hospitality Studies has the largest student chapter of PCMA members in the tristate area. Professors Murdy, Fairbairn, and Koenig are all PCMA advisors.
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