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Mock Restaurants Serve Up Creativity
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Brian Connors ’93, instructor in The Hospitality College, has created a new buzz on campus for his Food Service Operations Management class. Each term, class groups are creating and operating actual restaurants for one meal period. From concept, menu development and marketing to schedules, food service and fiscal accountability, students get a full taste of being in charge.

“The students run the operation. I’m the coach and am there to help them achieve their vision; but they are ultimately in charge of what happens,” Connors says. Recent restaurants have included Fiesta Food Truck, a take on the trend of restaurants on wheels; Fizz’s Restaurant & Soda Shoppe, a retro spin on the current burger-joint craze; and Hogwart’s Hall, themed after the popular Harry Potter series.

“The main objective is to highlight creativity and innovation in the hospitality segment of the restaurant industry,” Connors explains.

As word gets out across campus, students eagerly await their chance to create a restaurant through the upper-level capstone course. Groups are responsible for inviting guests to their “grand opening” and assessing their experience with comment cards and feedback.

“The great thing about this course is that it’s extremely relevant. It teaches the students to be timely and to move with or ahead of trends,” says Connors. In response to the excitement it’s generated, the course was extended to include a total of 10 restaurant experiences for the spring term.

Image top: The Fiesta Food Truck was just one of the imaginative restaurant concepts launched in Brian Connors’ Food Service Operations Management class.

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Tim Robbie, president of South Florida’s newest soccer team, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, was among panelists at the 2nd Annual Sports, Entertainment & Events Conference (S.E.E.C.), held on campus in April. Hosted by Experiential Education & Career Services, the daylong event began with Robbie’s overview of his career, from past owner of the Miami Dolphins to current oversight and rebirth of the Strikers.

Robbie’s presentation was followed by a number of panel discussions open to all interested students covering athlete and celebrity events, entrepreneurship in the entertainment and event businesses and the future of the industry.

Tim Robbie, president of South Florida’s newest soccer team, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, was among panelists at the 2nd Annual Sports, Entertainment & Events Conference (S.E.E.C.), held on campus in April. Hosted by Experiential Education & Career Services, the daylong event began with Robbie’s overview of his career, from past owner of the Miami Dolphins to current oversight and rebirth of the Strikers.

Robbie’s presentation was followed by a number of panel discussions open to all interested students covering athlete and celebrity events, entrepreneurship in the entertainment and event businesses and the future of the industry.

The day included a career expo where students networked with such top-name industry employers as the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation, the Florida Marlins, the Florida Panthers, MTV Latin America, the Orange Bowl Committee, the Miami Heat and many more.

“The goal in organizing this event is to help students understand the playing field in the real world,” said Craig Skilling, experiential education coordinator. “Networking and discussing current industry trends take them beyond the classroom and give them insight into their career of choice.”

President Loreen Chant ’89

“I am continually impressed with the creative ways our faculty members bring the JWU curriculum to life. These experiences help prepare students for the workplace realities that lie ahead.”