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Foundation Highlight

Foundation Grant Delivers Huge Impact
Dr. Nancy S. Graves, Associate Professor
University of Houston
Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management

This is the first SHFM Foundation Grant that I have received, and I am excited! My class, HRMA 3321 Contract Foodservice Management, begins again this fall, and I'm so grateful for these funds that will allow my students to have a broader educational experience to learn about the many aspects of this specialized industry. The funds will be used for the lodging of guest speakers, graduate assistant support, and transportation and meals for four student field trips. I’m looking forward to an exciting semester of increased student participation and making closer connections to our corporate foodservice and workplace hospitality professionals.

As a registered dietitian with extensive experience working in foodservice at hospitals and senior living facilities, I have designed my course to give students a comprehensive understanding of managed services in a variety of settings and to introduce such inherent issues as the rationale for outsourcing and the need for entrepreneurship relevant to both the client-based organization and the managed-services provider.
Students will participate in field trips and use the data they gather to develop, write and present a case study on any number of foodservice areas—from organization structure, operational configurations and human resources, to marketing, branding, contracts, legal, financial and technology. By engaging in this course, students will also meet industry experts and be better prepared to make a career choice. 

Our recruiters are excited to have a class of this nature and I know that this course will help open the doors to students considering contract foodservice management and on-site catering as a career. Dr. Dennis Reynolds, dean of Hilton College, said, “We are very pleased that Dr. Graves secured external funding to enrich her course and appreciative of the SHFM Foundation for its generous support. This grant will directly impact our students and, quite possibly, inspire a few future leaders of this dynamic industry.”