Students tour clubs, present research at national, state conferences

Students tour clubs, present research at national, state conferences

By University Communications
November 23, 2013
Colin Roche, Camila Checa and Cody Davenport

Photo: Colin Roche, Camila Checa and Cody Davenport

Two groups of UW-Stout students recently attended national and state conferences, where they toured private clubs and presented research, respectively.

In Washington, D.C.,seven students majoring in hotel, restaurant and tourism management attended the National Student Education Conference hosted by the capital chapter of the Club Managers Association of America. UW-Stout has a student chapter of CMAA.  

The conference included 90 students from 13 universities, including Cornell, Michigan State, Penn State and Cal Poly Pomona. They visited six exclusive clubs, including the Army Navy Country Club and the Congressional Country Club, as part of the event. 

The UW-Stout students were Camila Checa, of Quito, Ecuador; Cody Davenport, of Bristol; Tim Komaromy, of Algonquin, Ill.; Laura Myers, of St. Paul; Colin Roche, of Grafton; Shelby Schaefer, of Madison; and Adam Selflow, of Brodhead. 

"We were able to spend quality time with well-known industry professionals who manage some of the most prestigious country clubs in the nation. We developed our networking skills and gained deeper knowledge of the club management industry," Checa said. "We were also able to network with other students across the nation."

At Congressional, the general manager addressed students about career opportunities and goal-setting. "This trip assured me and the rest of the team that club management is what our passion is in," Checa said.  

In Stevens Point, two students presented research at the Wisconsin Economics Association annual meeting. They were accompanied by faculty adviser Fassil Fanta, an assistant professor of social science.

Grace Piggot, of Stillwater, Minn., presented "Determinants of Violent Crime in U.S: Evidence from State Level Data." She is majoring in applied social science.

Katie Sam, of Arkansaw, presented "The Federal Funds Rate and Unemployment Relationship: Does Business Confidence Matter?" She is majoring in business administration, with an economics minor.  

"They did a great job of using the latest data and econometric techniques. The conference participation complemented their quality projects," Fanta said.