Benjamin Mutnick was a distinguished attorney and professor in GVSU’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Department. During his tenure, Professor Mutnick taught HTM 361: Hospitality Law & Legislation and HTM 353: Meeting Planning. At the beginning of the winter semester in January of 2010, Professor Mutnick was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. Despite this fact, and despite the constant and relentless repercussions from this illness, Professor Mutnick maintained an extraordinary dedication to both his students and to GVSU.
Sadly, Professor Mutnick passed away on November 28, 2010 at the age of 29. However, the legacy he leaves behind represents more than a professor going out of his way for GVSU’s students, but rather an unbridled sprit which would not be defeated by a tragic illness that touches so many of our lives, and the lives of our friends and loved ones.
The purpose of the Benjamin Mutnick Mettle Memorial Award is to recognize a Hospitality and Tourism Management student who, like Professor Mutnick, has persevered through and/or overcome challenging or adverse conditions in their own lives while, at the same time, achieving success in the HTM Program. Each award recipient will demonstrate a sincere motivation to succeed, despite such trials and tribulations.
Students should note that this award is not limited solely to those individuals who may have overcome severe illness, but is available to those students who endured any significant obstacle with an optimistic aspiration to succeed, despite all odds.
I am so incredibly honored to have received this award, it means
so much to me especially because I was so inspired by all the
people involved! When looking back at my Grand Valley experience,
I will always remember receiving this award in particular as it
has given me light and new perspectives on life and confidence in myself.
After graduating from Grand Valley with a major in HTM, I have since moved to Florida, starting my career in the hospitality industry at The Breakers Palm Beach. My future career plans are to continue working in the meetings and event part of the industry, in hopes to thrive in all that I do. Thank you to everyone who made me a part of this!"