Student Organizations

HMD and College of Human Ecology student organizations and interest groups provide opportunities for experiential learning, networking, national and international competitions, travel, volunteer experiences, mentoring experiences, social events, friendships and fun.

The student organizations organized and overseen by the Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics are listed below.

Club Manager's Association of America (CMAA)

This national association represents over 7,000 members and more than 3,000 country, city, athletic, faculty, yacht, town and military clubs throughout the United States and abroad. CMAA offers many opportunities for students to become acquainted with the club management profession and onto the path to leadership early. By joining CMAA, students can begin to further their professional development through meetings, events, practical experiences, internships, education and conferences.  Combined with classroom theories and networking with peers and managers, CMAA gives students the experiences they need to be successful in the club industry. Being a CMAA student member is a great way to jump-start your future! Contact the CMAA advisor, Kevin Roberts (kevrob@k-state.edu), for more information.

Eta Sigma Delta Honorary Society (ESD)

An international honor society for students with an excellent academic record in the hospitality and tourism industry, Eta Sigma Delta invites juniors and seniors who have a GPA of at least 3.0 or who are in the top 20 percent of their class to apply. Members have opportunities to distinguish themselves in the eyes of educators, recruiters and industry executives in an increasingly competitive industry. Students receive networking benefits between ESD societies at more than 60 other chapters. Contact Kevin Roberts (kevrob@k-state.edu), ESD advisor, for more information.

Hospitality Management Society (HMS)

Students learn firsthand about issues and opportunities in the hospitality industry and its related fields, while assisting in networking and personal development. HMS participation enhances classroom learning, increases the visibility of hospitality management and its career opportunities, and stimulates the flow of information between members and alumni, faculty and professionals. Contact Rebecca Dale (rebeccad@k-state.edu) for more information.

Professional Event Management Society (PEMS)

PEMS is a student organization that specializes in exploring the field of conventions, meetings, events and wedding planning. PEMS members network with professionals in the field through national student memberships in Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and/or Meeting Professional International (MPI). Students learn firsthand about issues and opportunities in the meeting, events and convention industry and its related fields, while networking and gaining personal development through activities. PEMS participation enhances classroom learning, increases the visibility of event management and its career opportunities and stimulates the flow of information between members and alumni, faculty and professionals. Contact the faculty sponsor, Nancy Hansen (nhansen@k-state.edu), for more information.

Student Dietetic Association (SDA)

SDA helps students learn about the fascinating opportunities in the field of dietetics. Students in SDA network with registered dietitians in practice, faculty and peers through programs and socials. SDA also supports the college and the community through a variety of service and volunteer projects. SDA provides scholarship opportunities to members interested in attending national, state and local conferences.   All interested students are invited to learn more about health, nutrition and foodservice management in this student organization. More information about SDA events and meetings, SDA officers, and meeting minutes and videos can be found at http://www.k-state.edu/sda/. Contact Amber Howells (geist78@k-state.edu) for more information.