PITTSBURG — A new emphasis at PSU could help community members be a better host.

After consulting with the community and within the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation at Pittsburg State University have made a few changes. The latest is the addition of the emphasis “Hospitality Management.”

“We found out there were some interest from talking with others in the community and within the departments that there is a need and a want to have hospitality management,” Assistant Professor Sarah Ball said.

She said the department combined their strengths — for example tourism and event planning — to create the emphasis area.

“We think that this makes — especially for those already working in the field — it an easy-access program,” Ball said.

Ball said previous to the new program there wasn’t really anything offered for students interested in hospitality, which she said is part of recreation because of the experience professionals in the recreational field must provide their customers and clients.

Ball said the hospitality management is an opportunity for people interested in community events, being part of casinos, hotels and even Block 22. She said people can learn the impact the organization has on the community and on the organization.  

“If you have a community event and have people from the outside come in, how can we tell how the impact on the community?” she said regarding the topics the classes cover.

Hospitality management courses are open to both degree seeking and non-degree seeking students. Non-degree seeking students will receive a Hospitality Management Certificate.

Degree seeking students will fulfill their emphasis as part of the Recreational Services, Sport, and Hospitality Management degree.

The courses include: event planning and management; event entertainment and technology; event design; resort, spa and lodging operations; casino, food and beverage operations; tourism planning and development; and practicum. The certificate or emphasis area will take approximately two years to complete and will be available in the fall. People who wish to enroll may contact the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation or visit its website at www.pittstate.edu/college/education/health/

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.