Ashland University Student Chapter Receives Award

Ashland University Student Chapter Receives Award
The Ashland University students in AU’s Chapter of National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) who received the Chapter of the Year Award at the NSMH National Conference were row one (l-r) Lillian Zalar, Megan Judd and Lauren Ruple; row two (l-r) Teresa Riley, Colleen Martin and Elizabeth Papantonio; and row three (l-r) Kyle Watson, Jonny Minster and Brandon Wurgess.


3/19/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s Chapter of National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) received the Chapter of the Year Award at the 24th Annual NSMH National Conference and Career Fair held in Orlando, Fla., at the end of February.

Nine students from the AU Chapter and adviser Diane Moretz, assistant professor of marketing, attended the national convention. Those attending were Megan Judd of Wooster; Colleen Martin of Lansdale, Pa.; Jonny Minster of Louisville; Elizabeth Papantonio of Zelienople, Pa.; Theresa Riley of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Kyle Watson of Mentor; Brandon Wurgess of Fremont; Lillian Zalar of Perry; and Lauren Ruple of Novelty. Ruple is the chapter president and she accepted the award on behalf of the chapter.

Moretz was elated and honored that the Ashland University group received the Chapter of the Year award.

“Beating schools like Penn State, Cal-Poly Pomona, Boston University and Cornell U was great,” she said. “A total of 13 schools submitted applications for the award. I am so proud of these students.”

The Ashland University Chapter also won a Midwestern Region award for the highest number of members for the 2012-2103 academic year.

Watson and Wurgess were the 2012-2013 chapter delegates to the Midwest Region. They voted in the NSMH elections and on other NSMH business matters on behalf of the Ashland chapter.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###

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