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The Bob Billingslea School of Hospitality Management Prepares Students for Innovative Career Opportunities


Students Receive Scholarships to Aid in their Hospitality Industry Studies

In the course of the first academic quarter, the Bob Billingslea School of Hospitality Management has been awarded approximately $11,000 for student scholars from the Lodging and Hospitality Association. Three B-CU students from the School of Hospitality Management received scholarships valuing $750.00 each. Scholarship recipients, Kaytonya Jennings, Janet Williams, and January Cohen received their award at the 2017 Employee Appreciation & Scholarship Luncheon hosted by the Volusia County Lodging and Hospitality Association.

Additionally, Markilia Singletary, Courtney Akins, and Janet Williams were the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF) 2017 Scholarship awardees. Courtney and Janet received the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) Scholarship award of $2,500 and $5,000, respectively; and Markilia Singletary received the Rama Scholarship for the American Dream award of $3,500. Gabrielle Mason was the recipient of $1,000 - the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers 2017 Scholarship (NABHOOD).

The premier Bob Billingslea school has set another standard for B-CU and students interested in the hospitality industry once again. Starting in the Spring 2018, the school will begin enrollment into the new Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management with a concentration in Event and Entertainment Management. The new concentration in Event and Entertainment Management offers Hospitality Management degree-seeking students the option to develop their management skills in events and entertainment, a rapidly growing and thriving segment of the industry.

Students will develop a broad skill set to manage various genres of events from concept to operation successfully using local industry as their classroom. Students will be exposed to all facets of event and entertainment management including risk management, marketing, finance, leadership, communication, critical thinking, problem solving, team work, and logistics. The Event and Entertainment Management curriculum will incorporate innovative technologies and emerging trends in the industry. Some examples of events are weddings, fairs, trade shows, conferences, conventions, meetings, and concerts.

For more information about the Bob Billingslea School of Hospitality Management contact, Dr. Deanne Williams-Bryant, Dean & Professor of the Bob Billingslea School of Hospitality Management, 386-481-2871 or

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