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Hospitality Association (HA)

The mission of the Hospitality Association is to create and refine hospitality business leaders by providing forums for academic growth, industry experience, leadership roles, and career-enhancing opportunities and by encouraging social interaction and the development of student unity within The School of Hospitality Business.

The student Hospitality Association (HA) is the oldest student hospitality club in the nation. Today it is comprised of nine clubs, each giving students the chance to learn more about the industry, examine their career choices, develop their leadership skills, and make good friends and important contacts. HA also helps to plan and produce three School events each year:

Three Annual School Events


For over three decades, CAREER EXPO has been the premier hospitality business career fair and professional development event on campus each fall, with nearly 80 of the nation’s leading hospitality companies recruiting approximately 800 students who attend the two-day event. Day one begins with professional development workshops on a variety of topics conducted by industry leaders, and then The School’s Industry Partner of the Year is named. The evening’s career fair, featuring over 200 recruiters, provides industry professionals and students with networking opportunities, while formal interviews, held the second day help students to secure internships and permanent positions.

Annual Destination Auction

The Annual Destination Auction is a premier fundraising event for the Hospitality Association and the Alumni Association, featuring spectacular individual items and packages donated by alumni and other industry friends in live auction and silent auctions. This popular event draws hundreds of community members, alumni, students, and faculty, and helps fund a number of programs in The School, as well as local charities. With a different theme each year, Destination Auction is an exciting, colorful event, organized and led by students in partnership with School alumni.

Les Gourmets

The premier annual event in The School is Les Gourmets. Founded as a student organization in 1951, students in Les Gourmets produced their first dinner in 1955. Starting as a simple buffet and dinner dance, the event has since evolved into a formal, world-class reception and dinner showcasing the talents of hundreds of student volunteers and all they have learned from their professors and work experiences. With the guidance of faculty members and guest chefs, the students work in all areas – management, sales, marketing, purchasing, finance, culinary management, bartending, and serving – creating a night to remember each spring for hundreds of guests.

Student Clubs

The clubs of the Hospitality Association include:

Each club schedules speakers, tours, demonstrations, and other educational and social events catering to the diversified interests of the various club memberships.

The Hospitality Association is more than just its constituent clubs. HA also provides marketing and financial support to the various clubs and events and hosts activities throughout the year. For example, HA helps with or hosts:

  • Regular Board of Directors meetings (open to all students)
  • Annual Homecoming float and tailgate party
  • Bi-annual open houses
  • Bi-annual graduation lunches
  • Annual trip to New York City and The School’s Celebration of Leadership
  • Annual trip to Chicago and The School’s Annual Gathering of Leaders
  • The Broad College Welcome Night

The Hospitality Association also helps and encourages students to attend the annual trade shows in New York City and Chicago, giving them opportunities to learn and grow.

One of the HA’s beliefs is “By doing good, you will do well.” For more than a decade, the HA clubs and events have made cash donations to Give Kids the World, Make-a-Wish Foundation, MSU Safe Place, Paws with a Cause, MSU Habitat for Humanity, MSUFCU Institute for Arts & Creativity at the Wharton Center, the Junior League of Lansing, Capital Area Humane Society, to name a few. We believe that giving back not only helps others, but it also gives us the opportunity to learn service to others.

Every Hospitality Business student at Michigan State University is automatically a member of the Hospitality Association.

Hospitality Association
645 N. Shaw Lane, Room 232
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-9211

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