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      Freshman hospitality majors welcomed by alumni at country club

      Freshman Hospitality Students

      New students visit the Radley Run Country Club to meet alumni as part of freshman orientation.

      Even before classes began, Widener University’s newest hospitality majors were learning the industry and connecting with alumni who work at Radley Run Country Club in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

      As part of orientation, the Center for Hospitality Management took over a dozen freshman and transfer students on a tour and dinner at the country club.

      The students also met with alumni Steven Devine, the dining room supervisor, Danna Kutchner, assistant controller,  and Eileen Connor, controller, to learn about co-ops and internships and hear about their paths in the hospitality field after graduating from Widener, according to assistant professor Lisa Reed Logue.

      “It was really nice to hear their point of view and hear what got them so passionate about hospitality,” said Mike Capasso, a freshman who went on the outing.

      Capasso said one of the things that drew him to Widener’s Center for Hospitality Management was the focus on experiential learning, co-ops and internships. He said outings, such as the one to Radley Run, prove that he made a good choice.

      “One of the great things about the program is they try to get you a lot of experience through work and meetings with alumni,” he said. “From this visit, I’m definitely more interested in working at a country club or something similar in the future.”

      Another freshman hospitality major, Claire Kaufmann, agreed. She is interested in a career in event planning and was especially pleased to hear about that aspect of the country club business.

      “The main piece of advice they gave us was to keep an open mind about all the aspects to the hospitality industry because right now I’m interested in event planning, but I might realize through different experiences that I like something else,” she said.

      As part of the tour, the students also got to relax with a putting competition and with a ride around the course in golf carts.

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