“The CMAA scholarship will have an immense impact, provide me security, allow me to worry less about debt and free up my time to give back to this club and school that I am so honored to represent and for which I have immense appreciation and gratitude,” Dahl said.
Dahl will graduate in spring 2024. She believes the HRTM program, hands-on applied learning, internships and extracurriculars like CMAA helped her gain a clearer vision of her career.
She’s interested in coordinating club memberships and events, training and employee development, and club or hospitality operations administration.
Dahl has been a member of CMAA since her first year at UW-Stout, boosting her leadership skills, with professional guidance, as she helped with memberships, events and apparel.
She has completed three internships to explore hospitality avenues through the HRTM program and CMAA, including in a restaurant manager role with Bearpath Golf & Country Club, Eden Prairie, Minn.; helping run the City of Chanhassen’s parks and recreation department, in Chanhassen, Minn.; and as a client relationship manager at IDeaS, in Minneapolis.
“Even with my connection and admiration for clubs, I wanted to use my summers to explore different careers as this is the most advantageous time to do that and I can always go back to the club industry,” Dahl said.
Dahl also has a passion for service, founding and serving as president of the Service Club on campus, which has 300 contacts and more than 70 members. She is a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma service sorority, Latinos Unidos and FIGHT Club (Fighting Local Injustices & Global Human Trafficking). She was a resident adviser, works in the Involvement Center, and is joining the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International student club.
She was named an Outstanding Student Leader of the Year at the Leadership Awards last spring, and the Service Club was awarded Student Organization of the Year and Student Organization Event of the Year for its Trick or Treating for Canned Goods.
Professor Eric Brey believes the program’s relationship with local CMAA chapters and their willingness to financially support students is an important part of their learning experience.
“It is these experiences that create exposure to clubs and encourage students to explore this industry as an incredible career path,” he said. “Having one of our students recognized with such a prestigious scholarship further demonstrates the industry's support of our students, especially those that pursue excellence such as Ms. Dahl, as she exemplifies what the club industry is all about.”
Bailey Jacque: Advocating for student interests
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