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College of Management students receive national awards

July 16, 2012

Two College of Management students at University of Wisconsin-Stout have received national awards.

Senior Colin Ronayne, golf enterprise management, was awarded the 2012 Don Rossi Golf Scholarship by the National Golf Course Owners Association.

Cindy Beans, a senior in hotel restaurant and tourism management, was awarded the first ever Student Member of the Year Award at the American Hotel & Lodging Association Summer Summit national convention held June 12-13 in Houston.

For more on College of Management programs, go to the website.

• Ronayne, of Fond du Lac, said he was pleased to be one of four students selected from across the nation to receive the $1,000 award. “I knew I had the skill set to portray myself appropriately,” he said.

Ronayne chose UW-Stout because of the GEM program. “I heard it was excellent, as well as the hospitality and tourism program,” he said. “Golf has always interested me, and I love the industry.”

Through the university Ronayne also has had internship opportunities; last summer he interned at Scenic View Country Club in Slinger and this summer he is working there as a manager of the pro shop.

Ronayne will use his scholarship money to help pay college expenses. After graduation, his plans include graduate school for an M.B.A. with a concentration in entrepreneurship. Eventually, he would like to own a golf course.

The scholarship was established in 1992 to provide support to promising juniors and seniors majoring in sports administration and golf enterprise management degrees. For more information on the scholarship, go to the website.

• Beans, of Ely, Minn., was notified prior to the convention of the AH&LA award. “After the initial shock and excitement, I was humbled,” she said. “It means every sacrifice, regardless of what it was, was worth it.”

In the fall Beans will serve as president of the Stout Student Chapter of AH&LA for the second time. As president her duties include organizing the chapter’s largest trip of the year, the American Resort and Development Association Conference. Her goal is to ensure that more hospitality and property management students can serve as ambassadors at the 2013 conference.

Beans’ hometown depends on tourism for its livelihood, and all her jobs have been in the hospitality field, she said. Choosing UW-Stout was a good fit and her studies “have confirmed that a career in the hospitality industry is perfect for me,” Beans said.

She has completed internships in Montana and North Carolina and is working for Sofitel Minneapolis as a sales coordinator intern. She is hoping to complete an MBA and eventually move back to Ely to take over the family resort “but there is a lot I need to experience first,” she said.

AH&LA, headquartered in Washington, D.C., has served the hospitality industry for more than a century and is the sole national association that represents all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry.

At the same convention, UW-Stout alumnus Joe Kurth, B.S. 1992 hospitality and tourism, accepted the association’s National Achievement Award for Guest Relations – Large Property for The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. Kurth is general manager of the hotel.

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