University of Delaware
University of Delaware
CMAA Fall Newsletter
Letter from the President
My name is Patrick Sears and I am currently a
junior at the University of Delaware majoring in
Management. It is my pleasure to serve as the
UD CMAA chapter President for the 2014-2015
The students of UD CMAA are excited for the
start of another amazing school year here at UD.
Already we have spent a great deal of time
recruiting new members. We the students are
also thrilled to be putting together an education
session for PVCMA on October 7th. There will be
more details to come shortly, but I can still assure
you it will be an evening to remember.
This newsletter will let you know what us Blue
Hens have been up to the last few months. It’s
thrilling to say we had many past members
receive excellent jobs after graduating, and
current members work at a variety of
establishments across the Nation.
Patrick Sears –UD CMAA President
Inside This Issue:
Letter from the President
2014 Club Manager’s
Orlando World Conference
NSEC Orlando, FL
2014 Club Manager’s Appreciation Dinner
The 2014 Club Managers Appreciation Dinner was an immense success. This
year, the dinner took place at the beautiful and rustic Aronimink Golf Club, and the
event was orchestrated by two senior dinner-chairs: Caroline Sohodski and Morgan
West. Morgan and Caroline worked closely with Aronimink’s General Manager,
Richard Naumen, to create an event that had both UD CMAA’s usual air of
professionalism, as well as, an innovative approach to the theme. The event’s theme, “A
Knight to Remember,” was a collaboration of the chivalric symbols and royal
extravagance that could be found in Medieval Europe. The theme played perfectly into
the architecture and decor of Aronimink Golf Club.
Morgan and Caroline did an excellent job delegating responsibility to the other
event chairs. This year there was a great turn out for the Golf Outing, as Andrew Spera
and Joe Garner did a fantastic job organizing the teams of managers and setting up the
small contests that the managers could participate in. Matthew Moerhing and Aretah
Ettarh, the Food and Beverage Chairs, worked with Aronimink’s head chef, Jim Byrnes,
to construct a delicious and elegant menu. The golfers were able to enjoy a cook-out
lunch after spending all morning golfing on Aronimink’s beautiful course. The dinner
menu Matt and Aretah constructed included plays on two of the five mother sauces,
which were key in old European dishes.
Before cocktail hour, the UD CMAA chapter always puts on an Education Session
for the managers. This year, Allie Hannik and Katelyn Wendler mediated a student
panel geared towards educating the club managers on what college students want out of
a club internship. Allie and Katelyn made sure to include college students of all ages, as
well as, different experience levels, to get the best variety of responses. The feedback on
the Education Session was extremely positive. During cocktail hour, any dinner guest
was able to bid on the CMAA silent auction items, which were acquired by the hardworking Erin Vresics and Katelyn Murray.
Lastly, the Decoration Committee, headed by Giuliana Lorusso and co-chairs
Miriam Hughes and Logan Horn, worked very hard to make sure the decorations
matched the medieval theme and the Aronimink Decor. The girls set up a place-card
table that was a hanging medieval banner in the atrium. The tables in the main dining
room were three different styles, which included a long 36 person feast table in the
center to replicate what a king’s feast table would look like. Each table style had its
own linen, and all of these linen styles played with each other through contrasting
patterns with similar color schemes. Lastly, the table centerpieces were tall silver
pedestals with pewter bowls filled with white hydrangeas, red roses, and hanging ivy.
The 2014 Managers Appreciation Dinner was a great evening that brought
together friends, family, club managers, and future club managers. It was especially
great to recognize Christine Pouler, UD CMAA’s PVCMA manager liaison, for her
amazing work and achievements over the years. The returning chapter members
cannot wait to work on next year’s dinner.
World Conference: Orlando, Florida
The Blue Hen CMAA Chapter is happy to say that 16 student members were
in attendance at this year’s World Conference hosted in Orlando, Florida. To
kick off our conference we attended an icebreaker with fellow student
members where we were all asked to write down one fact about ourselves
and then place it in the middle of the table. Then we were to pick one fact at
a time and determine to whom it belonged to. Throughout conference we
attended many education sessions. One event we attended had a club
We all know
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April 13 during our day in Philadelphia. We had the pleasure of visiting two
to an interview.
involved with in the future as we pursue this field. In addition to learning of the
students and managers to make for another successful year at conference.
which then leads to a greater reaping of “flowers”.
The chapter looks forward to attending next year’s conference in San
Antonio, Texas and find all that they have in store for us.
Congratulations to Our New Officers!
Kately n Murray
Here’s what we’ve been up to…
• Patrick Sears, President, was the Food and Beverage intern at North Hempstead
• Giuliana Lorusso, Vice President, was the Food and Beverage intern with Starwood
Hotels at the W Atlanta Midtown in Atlanta, Georgia.
• Katelyn Murray had a Rotational Internship at Southampton Golf Club.
• Andrew Spera was a Pantry Chef and server at Cosi in Plainview, New York.
• JD Gopez was a Shift Leader at Sweet Frog in Bear, Delaware.
• Erin Vresics is interning at Vicmead Hunt Club.
• Miriam Hughes was a Hostess and Waitress at Raaga Chapel Hill and is also
interning with Grace Leisure Events based in Durham, North Carolina.
• Logan Bushman was a Seasonal Foods intern at Preakness Hills Country Club.
• Gail Banks is a Hostess at Grottos.
• Logan Horn was a Rooms Division Intern at the TownePlace Suites by Marriott in
Mount Laurel, NJ.
• Guido Iammatteo was a Food and Beverage supervisor at Aramark Parks &
• Sean Freeman was a Guest Services Supervisor intern at Hyatt Regency
Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort Spa and Marina.
Missing the recent graduates? Here's evidence of all they accomplished upon
Matthew Moehring is now working as a Food and Beverage intern at the Ritz Carlton
Megan Munoz is a Sales and Marketing Associate and Campus Ambassador with
the Bozzuto Group.
Allison Hanik is Assistant Banquet Manager at the Union League of Philadelphia.
Lindsay Rasso is Dining Room Manager of the Southampton Golf Club.
Aretah Ettarh is embarking on her journey with culinary school in California.
Katelyn Morse is Manager in Training at Hillstone Restaurant Group.
Kaitlyn Wendler is Private Event Coordinator at the Union League of Philadelphia.
Caroline Sohodski is Event Coordinator at the Los Angeles Country Club.
Morgan West is Manager in Training at the Country Club in Chestnut Hill,
Lindsay Canell is Rooms Division Manager at Waldorf Astoria New York.
Danica Price is Meeting and Banquet Operations Manager at Waldorf Astoria New
Maria Trasolini is Front Desk Agent at Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in San Diego.
Jennifer Turowski is Catering Director at Cattail Creek Country Club in Mount Airy,
Jean Thomae is Assistant Manager at the Chevy Chase Club.
Stephanie Hepner is Rooms Division Management Trainee at Starwood Hotels &
Resorts Worldwide, Inc.