NAU hospitality students explore the Drury Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri

Posted: Wednesday, May 16th 2018 at 4:33 PM

While most students were relaxing during spring break, Professor John Cauvin’s hospitality class at the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management seized the opportunity to learn more about the hotel industry.

At the beginning of February, the Drury Hotel hosted a three-day program in St. Louis, Missouri that gave 11 students from Northern Arizona University the chance to meet with the CEO, executive directors, and many other top-level members of management. The students were able to participate in a Q&A, discuss different topics with various departmental managers, and learn more about the Drury’s company culture and family values.

“This trip made me fall in love with this company even more,” said NAU hospitality student, Kimberly Klein. “Every employee was invested in making our visit enjoyable and most of all, memorable. I felt like I was part of the family yet everyone at Drury really cared about us as individuals, as well. It made me feel very special when each speaker called us by name.”

Professor Cauvin explained that the goal of the program was to “not just introduce students to more industry careers, but give them first-hand experience in a real place with a real family culture within the business.” He hopes that students will take what they learned and apply it to their future careers—ultimately making themselves better industry professionals.

“After getting to know the incredible people who work for the Drury Hotel, I am now filled with even more passion for the industry and I’m hoping I will one day join their family-run organization,” said NAU hospitality student Stephanie Sorensen.

Thank you to Chuck Drury and Dennis Vollink and their associates for making this trip possible.

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