Dr. Paul Wiener Puts on the Pineapple Suit for Fundraiser

Posted: Thursday, April 6th 2017 at 2:44 PM

Did you know the international symbol for hospitality is the pineapple? Well, what better way to teach this to your students than to dress up as one?!

That’s right, Dr. Paul Wiener, associate professor at the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, dressed up as a pineapple for all of his lectures on April 6th, 2017 as a result of a fundraiser put on by the National Society for Minorities in Hospitality. The fundraiser was part of SHRM's Hospitality Week. The students might have thought this would embarrass Wiener, but he wore that suit with pride, confirming his passion for hospitality.

On Tuesday, April 4th, four jars with the names of four faculty members on them were lined up in the SHRM building. Whichever faculty member's jar had the most money in it received the tremendous honor of wearing the costume. Believe it or not, all of the faculty members involved with the fundraiser actually volunteered for this! President of NAU’s NSMH chapter, Abby Walker, and Vice President Emily Thompson, both Hotel and Restaurant Management majors, came up with the idea to help break the monotony of everyday classes and raise funds towards their organization with this very fun, very creative idea.

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