Thursday, November 12, 2009

Hospitality professor named honorary MSU alumnus

Michael L. Kasavana, National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) endowed professor in The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University (MSU) received the MSU Alumni Association's Honorary Alumni Award at last month's Grand Award Ceremony. The award is granted to individuals who have provided volunteer service to MSU on a local, state, national or international level.

Kasavana, NAMA endowed professor at MSU since 1999, is a member of the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals International Technology Hall of Fame. He has written several books about the hospitality industry, including Managing Front Office Operations (eighth edition), Menu Engineering (third edition), and Managing Technology in the Hospitality Industry (fifth edition). He also serves as the MSU faculty athletic representative to the Big Ten Conference, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and also serves as chair of the MSU Athletic Council. The Kasavana family also contributed funding for the Kasavana/Schmidgall Faculty Research Endowment in The School of Hospitality Business.