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Welcome to the Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics.  Our faculty and students share a remarkable work ethic and land-grant values. One of the oldest departments in the College of Human Ecology, we were organized in 1922 as the Department of Institutional Economics.  We strive to honor our history while forging our way into the future. We have positioned ourselves to be at the forefront nationally for our teaching, research, and outreach activities.

The programs in the Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics are based on the premise that understanding the needs of people in their environments is the basis for successful hospitality management and dietetic practice. Teaching, research, international and leadership opportunities are designed to prepare students for professional careers in our service-oriented, information-based society. All departmental programs include a commitment to self-evaluation, lifelong learning and adherence to both a personal and professional code of ethics in responding to customer, organization and industry concerns.

The mission of the Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics is to prepare graduates to be leaders in the dietetics and hospitality fields by integrating theory, experience and research. We are committed to disseminating expertise and knowledge to the people of Kansas and beyond.

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Pat Pesci to conduct Dining Etiquette Workshop
Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Pat PesciTable manners may be getting worse, especially if you add cell phone use into a normal dining experience, said Pat Pesci, hospitality management instructor, who will lead the annual fall Dining Etiquette Workshop at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Derby Dining Center's Gold Room. “Because dashboard dining is a way of life for […]

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Sauer receives Bedford award in HMD
Monday, October 27th, 2014

Kevin SauerKevin Sauer has been selected to receive the 2014 Mary Ruth Bedford Distinguished Faculty Award in the department of hospitality management and dietetics. A registered dietitian with administrative experience in child nutrition programs, college and university dining, and healthcare food and nutrition services, Sauer is an associate professor who teaches administrative dietetics courses and conducts […]

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