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The School of Hospitality Business Alumni Association
at Michigan State University Honors Two Alumni
with Lifetime Achievement Awards

Hospitality Educators Dr. H.A. “Andy” Divine (BA ’60)
and Professor George Alley (BA ’59) Recognized

August 16, 2011, East Lansing, Michigan - Two alumni were honored with Lifetime Academic Achievement Awards by The School of Hospitality Business Alumni Association at Michigan State University during the annual conference of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) in Denver, CO on July 28.

The award breakfast in the Pinnacle Room at the Grand Hyatt Hotel was hosted by The School’s Alumni Association, and recognized Dr. H.A. “Andy” Divine (BA ’60) and Professor George Alley (BA ’59) for having “guided, mentored, and taught hundreds of students in the achievement of their dreams during careers that span half a century.”

George is the retired director of the School of Food, Hotel & Resort Management and retired professor of Management at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  A renaissance man, a painter and Julliard-trained musician, George left a remarkable legacy at the Rochester Institute of Technology when he retired there in 1988.  From there, George served as dean of the School of Hotel and Food Administration at Boston University, and then as director of the Food, Hotel and Resort Management Program at Keuka College in New York.  At each institution, he was a builder, growing enrollments and establishing new and innovative programs, including chapters of Eta Sigma Delta.  George has been honored with ICHRIE’s Stevenson W. Fletcher Achievement Award in 1988, and with its prestigious Howard B. Meek Award in 1993.

Andy is professor emeritus and past director in the Fritz Knoebel School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, part of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.  His influence extends to several institutions of higher learning, since before coming to Denver, he has served as chairman of the Business Management Program at Bellevue Community College in Washington; director and associate professor of the Seattle Center for Hotel and Restaurant Administration for Washington State University; and, from 1983 until 1991, director and professor in Penn State’s School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management.

Andy has earned numerous awards, and is a prolific author of publications, research projects, and presentations.  He continues to serve as consultant and expert witness in court cases.

Welcoming the guests which more than filled the room, School Director and Professor Ron Cichy introduced George Fischer (BA ’79), Alumni Association board member and vice president and managing director at Destination Hotels & Resorts, who was on hand to present each honoree with his award.

He then noted that both Andy and George attended MSU during the same time period and both recall the legendary professors of that era who influenced them and their own careers.  “And both educators,” he said, “have spoken of their students as their inspiration.”

Frank Borsenik (BS ’55, MS ’58, Ph.D. ‘64), Lifetime Academic Achievement Award winner for 2010, recalled in an email being a teaching assistant for both Andy and George when he was just embarking on his academic career.  “Both were potential leaders,” he explained, “but each has had different approaches as distinguished leaders.”

Accepting his award, George referred emotionally to his Greek immigrant father, who spoke several languages, was an accomplished violinist, valued education, and owned a successful restaurant.  He thanked his former teachers, industry friends, colleagues and students, with whom, he said, he shared the award.  “It’s been a great journey,” he said.

Andy also recalled his former teachers at MSU and in the Kellogg Center, and jokingly appreciated the “mercy” they showed him, since he focused on “athletics, work, and studies, in that order,” while at MSU!  He talked of his 20 years with University of Denver, and noted that six of the past eleven directors there have had MSU connections.

The friendship between the two honorees was evident, as was the good feelings throughout the room among The School’s faculty members, alumni (newer and more established), and industry partners.

About The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University:  We are The School
Recognized as the top-ranked hospitality business school, The School has a unique and independent position within Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.  Celebrating its 84th year anniversary in 2011, The School has almost 10,000 graduates worldwide, including a number of leading academicians and industry executives who have earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Founded in 1927, The School offers an exceptionally well-crafted curriculum, taught by innovative professors who are leading textbook authors, sought-after consultants, and respected researchers.  The mission of The School is
  • to INSPIRE continuous learning by empowering present and future managers to ACQUIRE knowledge, skills, and global Hospitality Business leadership positions
  • to CREATE knowledge by engaging in collaborative theoretical and applied research for the benefit of undergraduate and graduate students, Hospitality Businesses, and the community of hospitality management scholars
  • to ENGAGE our Hospitality Business partners through outreach and service, and to ENHANCE global Hospitality Business economic, community, and academic development and
  • to CONTINUOUSLY IMPROVE The School's global leadership position in Hospitality Business operations: development, ownership, and management.
The First, The Original, and STILL The Leader…The School of Hospitality Business.  We are The School.

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