The Valedictorian Project: student’s path to college graduation at SHA

We are thrilled to celebrate Wilsi Taveras, a 2024 Boston University School of Hospitality Administration graduate and a standout member of the first cohort from The Valedictorian Project. The Valedictorian Project is a nonprofit mentoring program that pairs Boston Public School valedictorians with mentors to help them navigate and succeed in their college and professional careers. See the Full […]

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo announced as SHA 2024 Convocation Speaker

Boston University School of Hospitality Administration (BU SHA) is proud to announce the 2024 Convocation Speaker, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo. The School’s 41st Convocation is on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at BU’s George Sherman Union Metcalf Ballroom. Lutoff-Perlo was recently appointed as President & CEO of FIFA World Cup 2026 Miami Host Committee after a decades-long tenure […]

[BU Today] Does “Tipping Fatigue” Justify Paying Minimum Wage to Tipped Workers?

“Tipping fatigue has hit American consumers hard,” ABC News reported about the backlash to burgeoning gratuity requests for things such as takeout. Two-thirds of Americans have negative views of tipping, according to a 2023 survey. The Massachusetts legislature has until tomorrow, April 30, to place a tipping-related question on the November ballot; if it doesn’t, advocates can seek signatures […]

[AFAR] Michelin Unveils New Hotel Ratings, Michelin “Keys”

Only 11 hotels in the United States were awarded Michelin’s highest distinction as part of the company’s newly announced hotel rating system. The system is similar to Michelin’s restaurant guide but instead of stars, hotels are given “keys”: three denoting the top honor, or an “extraordinary stay”; two marking hotels that are deemed “exceptional”; and […]

My Secrets to Stamina – Interview: The Collaborative Leader, BU School of Hospitality Administration, Dean Arun Upneja

“Welcome to the 2nd quarter! So excited to have this guest on – Dr. Arun Upneja, the Dean of Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration since 2013.   Dean Arun is a forward-looking strategic thinker with an inclusive and collaborative leadership style.  As Dean, he has embarked on a transformational change in SHA with a […]

[The American Bazaar] Padma Lakshmi receives Boston University’s 2024 ICON Award

ICON award recognizes innovators who create new and transformative paradigms in hospitality Indian American Emmy-nominated producer, television host, New York Times bestselling author and food connoisseur Padma Lakshmi has received the ICON Award from Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration. Lakshmi received the annual ICON award recognizing innovators who create new and transformative paradigms in […]

[BU Today] $100,000 Awarded to Student Entrepreneurs at SHA’s Annual Hospitality Leadership Summit

Laundry is one of the worst parts of “adulting” facing college students. But what if there was a way to make it a little more bougie? At last week’s $100K Poyiadjis Hospitality Innovation Competition, a team of School of Hospitality Administration undergrads pitched their business idea of an upscale modern laundromat to an audience of judges, […]

[Wall Street Journal] Should You Trust a Hotel’s Star Rating? Depends Where You Look.

In a sea of hotel reviews and star ratings, it’s hard to know who to rely upon. Here’s how to get a vetted measure of what you’re in for before a trip. For a five-day trip to Mexico with her college-age daughter, Arlana Keller of Calgary, Alberta, insisted they book a hotel rated four stars or […]