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Dr. H. Bruce Rinker photo.
Dr. H. Bruce Rinker, adjunct faculty member in the Program in Tourism & Hospitality and a member of the program's external advisory board, has been hired as the new Executive Director of the Valley Conservation Council (VCC) headquartered in Staunton, Virginia. Dr. Rinker will remain affiliated with his current employer, the Biodiversity Research Institute in Gorham, Maine, as an adjunct scientist to assist with its Mexico programs, which he helped to establish.
Screen shot of Maine Sunday Telegram's Source section.
The Sunday, June 6th edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram features a section on sustainable tourism, with a guest commentary by Tourism & Hospitality program chair Dr. Kreg Ettenger. Ettenger answers the question "What is sustainable tourism?" by suggesting that while travel itself might be inherently unsustainable, its ability to insprire love of places can also be "restorative and transformative, leading to more sustainable and livable communities and to diverse and healthy landscapes."
Night photo of wedding at the Newagen Seaside Inn, Southport. Copyright 2014 Real Maine Weddings.
TAH junior Konstantina Rigas helped plan a wedding last summer at the Newagen Seaside Inn in Southport that is featured in the current issue of Real Maine Weddings, a magazine and website featuring Maine weddings planned by Maine professionals. She is also one of four USM TAH majors who received scholarships from the Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation at their annual Tees & Textbooks event June 9-10 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.
The international food festival, organized by students in the Tourism and Hospitality program, proved to be a huge success, attracting large crowds who sampled cuisine from around the world, watched live cooking demonstrations, and participated in a series of multicultural activities.
The USM Program in Tourism & Hospitality, just entering its second year, was recently ranked one of "The 20 Best Tourism Degree Programs" by the independent website The Best Schools. The website provides information on hundreds of colleges and universities and thousands of degree programs, and provides listings of top programs in dozens of subject areas.
Blunt Youth Radio hosts in the WMPG studio.
The July 29th episode of Blunt Youth Radio, a weekly program on USM's WMPG radio station, featured a discussion of tourism in Maine. Invited speakers included Kreg Ettenger, Associate Professor of Anthropology in USM's Muskie School of Public Service and Chair of the USM Program in Tourism & Hospitality.
New USM student Zackary Coro, from Madison, Maine, loves the train, especially Amtrak's Downeaster. So much so that he wrote a letter to Amtrak after a recent ride from Boston to tell them how much he enjoyed the trip. The letter prompted Amtrak to contact Zackary and interview him for their blog, All Aboard!
As of the Fall 2013 semester, USM students and area professionals will be able to enroll in two new academic programs, a Minor in Tourism and Hospitality and a Certificate in Tourism Development and Planning.
Dogon fabric.
Five new Tourism & Hospitality (TAH) courses, covering subjects from sustainable hospitality management to women artists in the global tourism market, are being offered this fall. The TAH program also welcomes four new part-time instructors from industry, the nonprofit sector, and academia, all of whom bring considerable expertise and passion for their fields.
Five Tourism & Hospitality students, Marjorie Jarry, Casey Lovejoy, Rebecca Pratt, Konstantina Rigas, and Jenna Rossnagel, earned Dean's List honors for their academic achievements this past spring semester.

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