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Student Organizations

American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA) is a discussion-based student chapter that is heavily focused on the lodging industry.  This AHLA Student Chapter is nationally recognized by the American Hotel and Lodging Association, and uses tools presented by AHLA executives to aid members in their experience.  Student memberships are suggested to student chapter members so that they can experience AHLA to its fullest and attend AHLA national conferences.

This student chapter will give you a jump-start into the lodging industry through hotel tours and discussion.  We focus on development, operations (all departments), finances, and management strategies.  Together, we will develop skills, knowledge, leadership, and communications to aid in success of our student members upon graduation of Grand Valley State University - Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) Club is a networking opportunity to meet and mingle with not only other HTM majors at Grand Valley, but professionals in the industry. Our events are a mixture of every aspect of the hospitality world exploring every industry to get everyone involved. We encourage those interested in hospitality to come learn from guest speakers who are industry professionals, as well as to explore the local hospitality culture we have here in Grand Rapids. This year, we have added a new aspect to HTM Club called HTM2 which is a student-led mentor program for students to get advice from other students about the program, courses, and internships. If you would like to become a part of the program, be sure to check us out!  We can't wait to meet you and give you opportunities to meeting professionals, peers, and faculty in the Hospitality and Tourism industry!

Meeting Professionals International





Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest meeting and event industry association in the world. Joining MPI will give you great networking opportunities throughout the year within the world of hospitality! We are focusing on developing individuals for the professional world by giving opportunities to fully emerge in the vibrant hospitality industry we will be working in. MPI offers bonding activities and trips to volunteer.  The GVSU Student Club of MPI has participated in previous trips to the NCAA Men's Final Four, as well as the NFL Super Bowl, offering members the opportunity to see a large scale event from the bottom up.  Come join the fun and better yourself as a business professional!

The National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) is the premier professional organization for hospitality students. We address diversity and multiculturalism, as well as the career development of our student members. We feel that these lessons are important to the future leaders of this industry and that anyone of any ethnicity, gender, or other demographic group can find value in our conversation. We provide events and programs that bring together college-level students with company sponsors, industry representatives, other hospitality organizations, advisors and mentors, and hospitality high school students. NSMH is a resource for the industry to find dynamic talent as well as for students to find qualified answers to relevant questions and have a window to the industry that awaits them!

PARC (Parks, Adventure, and Recreation Club) is a recreation and adventure student organization here at Grand Valley State University. Our goal is to create fun and interesting events for students in order to create networking opportunities and involvement at GVSU. We run various events such as hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, camping, hammocking, etc. There is a lot of opportunity within our org and we are always looking for new members! We are correlated with the Hospitality department BUT you do not have to be an HTM major or minor to join!! Follow us on social media @gvsuparc to find out more information about upcoming events!

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is the leading organization for meeting and event professionals.  Grand Valley is a part of the Greater Mid-West Chapter and participates in the Convening Leaders Conference PCMA has to offer.  Our main focus is fundraising for this annual professional convention to become more affordable for club members.  Here we will be able to network with professionals in the industry and learn about new trends in convention, meeting and event planning.  We are passionate about strengthening our networking connections.  This club will be beneficial for any business and hospitality student looking fro a professional club to be a part of.

PCMA Group Photo

2016 Final Four Group Photo

HTM Student Tour