Hospitality Management Students Plan Gala for Water Missions International

Water Missions International marks its 10-year anniversary this fall and will celebrate its achievement at a formal gala on November 10, 2011 in conjunction with Possibilities Without Borders, a non-profit organization.

Dr. Canberg

Dr. Canberg

Andrea Canberg, Ph.D., instructor and internship coordinator for the Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management, structured her event management class for students to plan and implement all aspects of the fundraising event.   The goal is to create awareness and raise funds to help bring clean water to a village in Kenya by purchasing and installing Water Missions International’s filtration system. 

In addition to planning the event, five students from Dr. Canberg’s class will join her as they travel to Kenya in the spring to help educate local villagers and assist in the installation of the water treatment system.

“Business students who take advantage of experiential learning with global and sustainability implications will hone their professional skills and be better prepared for career opportunities,” says Alan T. Shao, Dean of the School of Business.  “Dr. Canberg’s class is ideally suited for applied learning in and out of the classroom.  Those students who are able to go to Kenya will have the ultimate experience of seeing the end results of their hard work.”  

As for Laura Hitchman, a senior double majoring in hospitality & tourism management and business administration, Dr. Canberg’s event management course and trip to Kenya is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a soon-to-be business graduate.  

“The chance to plan a first-class event from inception to completion with specific fundraising goals in mind is so valuable to our professional development,” says Hitchman.  “This hospitality management course, however, goes one step further.  It offers students a way to apply our business knowledge and skills in an unconventional, third-world setting while giving a community in Kenya the gift of hope and clean water.” 

Possibilities Without Borders hopes to raise $30,000 for Water Missions International at the formal event to be held on Thursday, November 10, 2011, at 7 p.m., at the Lowndes Grove Plantation.  Visit www.possibilitieswithoutborders.org for donations, sponsorship information and tickets to the event.

About the School of Business
College of Charleston’s School of Business offers five undergraduate programs, an honors program, an M.S. in Accountancy and an MBA.  Approximately 1500 undergraduate and graduate students attend from as far away as China, Germany and Brazil. The faculty has research expertise in areas such as global logistics, hospitality and tourism, political economics, financial investment, bankruptcy, business intelligence, and sustainable business practices. Visit http://sb.cofc.edu/ to learn more about our undergraduate and graduate programs, faculty and Centers of Excellence.

About the Department of Hospitality & Tourism
The School of Business’ Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management ranks #1 in the world in research productivity, according to the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research.  The Department consists of seven fulltime faculty and 250 undergraduate students.  It is one of only 30 programs in the U.S. that resides in an AACSB-accredited business school.  In the fall 2012, the School of Business MBA program will introduce a new revenue management focus for professionals in the hospitality and related industry.

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