Tourism and Hospitality


TAH Bermuda Cruise
TAH 307 Bermuda Cruise: The Tourism Industry and You is a one-week course offered in Summer 2016 (May 21-28) and is open to any college student, in any major.
Join us for the 3rd Annual Husky Harvest Multicultural Festival on Thursday, November 19th, 11:00am-2:00pm at the Woodbury Campus Center. This event celebrates the multicultural diversity in our community through food and cultural activities!
Led by President Glenn Cummings, a group of USM faculty and expert staff joined a larger delegation from Maine in attending the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, and met with their academic counterparts at two universities, as well as business entrepreneurs. From connections made, USM has begun exciting new partnerships that will expand workforce opportunities, cultural exchange, and economic development for our students and all of Maine.
On May 30, 17 students from the Tourism and Hospitality program traveled from Boston to Bermuda on Holland America’s ship M.S. Veendam for a week-long cruise as part of a class. The students also set up social media feeds where the public could follow them on their adventures - on Twitter and Instagram at @usmtourism, and on Facebook by “liking” USM Tourism and Hospitality’s Facebook page. They posted with the hashtag #USMB2B2015.
Sara Ghezzi photo
The Program in Tourism and Hospitality is pleased to welcome Sara Ghezzi as our new Lecturer in Hospitality Management. This is excellent news for our program and will provide much-needed faculty expertise in areas such as food and beverage management, conference and event planning, hospitality law, and culinary and wine tourism. Sara comes to us from Auburn University, where she received a BS, MS and PhD in Hotel and Restaurant Management—and was also an all-SEC varsity softball player. She is currently Assistant Sommelier at La Mar and Azul, two award-winning restaurants at the five-star Mandarin Oriental Miami. Her position begins September 1.
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan speaking to USM's Tourism and Community Development class
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan spent time in the University of Southern Maine's Tourism and Community Development class on Tuesday, March 10 answering students' questions about tourism in Portland.
Food samples from Husky Harvest 2014
Students from the University of Southern Maine's Tourism and Hospitality program took fellow classmates, facility members and members of the surrounding Portland community on a trip around the world at the second annual Husky Harvest.
The Husky Harvest is an international food festival free and open to our USM community and the Greater Portland area.
Holland America MS Veendam
In a new partnership with AAA, USM's Tourism and Hospitality students will be the recipients of funds raised from an event held Friday, August 22, on the Holland America cruise ship MS Veendam at the Ocean Gateway terminal in Portland. AAA has committed up to $5000 towards scholarships for a new cruise ship internship program.
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.


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Impact the Future of Tourism in Maine

Tracy Michaud Stutzman, head of the Tourism and Hospitality department at USM, talks about the unique features of the BA degree program, which combines industry theory and real practical skills with a strong community engagement component.