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Hospitality and Tourism Management Club

ALISHA CLELAND (pictured on left)
Hi!  I’m Alisha Cleland and I am a recent graduate of Grand Valley’s HTM Department with an emphasis in event management. I have completed two internships at Hawk Hollow and Eagle Eye Golf Courses and Banquet Facilities in East Lansing where I have worked my way up to becoming first a manager of events, and then a banquet sales associate.  I am in the process of completing my final internship at this property and hopefully will be full-time with this company come fall.

During this past school year, I was the Vice President of the HTM Club and was able to participate and coordinate many activities and gatherings.  By taking part in all of the opportunities that were presented to the students in the HTM Department, and even more, who were involved in Club, I was able to learn more about the industry than just what I was hearing in my classes.  I was also Vice President of the Professional Convention Management Association Grand Valley Chapter and took part in their annual conference in Orlando in January.

Through my in-depth involvement with the Hospitality and Tourism Management Club, I learned about the HTM Club Scholarship.  I am grateful to have received this award because it is really the Club and experiences that have helped me.  It is extremely flattering to be recognized for all of the work and dedication that I have put into the Club this last year. The HTM Club Scholarship will help me in paying my student loans that will soon be coming after graduation.

I am extremely thankful for the Hospitality Department as a whole, the friends I’ve made during my time at Grand Valley, and this scholarship is just the icing on the cake to an incredible experience.


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