Nearly 65 hospitality companies and 130 recruiters are expected to participate in CAREER EXPO XXXIV, hosted by The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University November 6 and 7.
“Over 700 students typically attend CAREER EXPO,” explains Ms. Authella Collins Hawks, director of The School’s Student and Industry Resource Center which organizes the annual event through a student-led CAREER EXPO Executive Board. Meghan Clark (BA ’13) is CEO.
CAREER EXPO features an entire day of professional development programs at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on Tuesday, followed by an evening career fair in the Big Ten Rooms. The next day, the companies will conduct interviews in the Huntington Club at Spartan Stadium for students seeking internships and permanent positions.
Also during CAREER EXPO each year, The School selects its Industry Partner of the Year, which for 2012 is ARAMARK, a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities, school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. In 2012, FORTUNE magazine again recognized ARAMARK on its list of “World’s Most Admired Companies,” and the Ethisphere Institute honored ARAMARK as one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies.”
Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK employs approximately 250,000 individuals who serve clients in 22 countries.
The keynote speaker on Tuesday is ARAMARK’s Chief Operating Officer for Education Chris Hackem, who graduated from The School in 1977.
“We are so pleased to honor ARAMARK this year,” says Meghan. “Director of College Relations Nicole Wormley takes an ‘above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty’ interest in our students, and she works hard to place them within the company in places where they can succeed.” Indeed, ARAMARK’s mentoring system involves weekly contact with the students’ managers. In addition, ARAMARK has been actively involved in the life of The School, with Nicole frequently speaking in classes and participating in CAREER EXPO, and influencing top executives at ARAMARK to do the same.
ARAMARK supports industry-related clubs within The School, and has attracted School graduates for decades. Spartans can be found at every level and in nearly every company location.
Chris Hackem, of course, is one of those Spartans. She currently leads a team that manages dining, facility and stadium and arena services for more than 600 colleges and universities throughout North America; and food nutrition, facilities management, and other support services for more than 500 K-12 school districts in the United States.
Chris began her career as a management trainee with ARAMARK. She served as catering director, assistant food service director, and an operations manager before moving into senior leadership roles in Business Services, Facilities Services, and Higher Education.
Prior to being named COO in 2011, Chris served as president of ARAMARK Higher Education and ARAMARK Facility Services. Before that, she served as executive vice president of ARAMARK Business Services.
In 2010, Chris was recognized by the Profiles in Diversity Journal magazine as a “Woman Worth Watching.” She was inducted in The School of Hospitality Business’s Alumni Association Hall of Fame Class of Originators in 2000.
“We thank Chris and ARAMARK for being important partners for our School,” says School Director and Professor Dr. Ron Cichy (BA ’72, MBA ’77). “Our students are fortunate to be able to participate in CAREER EXPO and have access to leaders such as Chris.”
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