• NYU Scholarship Winner Announced

     
    POSTED May 1, 2018
     

    Photo by Susan Beard

    <p>Photo by Susan Beard</p>

IACC – Americas Connect 2018 was recently held in Philadelphia but honored a New York University student with the Doris Sklar scholarship. Established 15 years ago in memory of longtime meeting professional Doris Sklar, this scholarship is awarded to a NYU hospitality student.

This year’s recipient is Camille Aké. She is a senior and will graduate this May with a degree in Hotel and Tourism Management with a concentration in Event Management and a minor in Food Studies.

The award was presented by Dianne Devitt, Adjunct Professor at New York University Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management.

The scholarship includes a grant in the amount of $5,000, plus registration fees and all expenses for the IACC Annual Conference (Americas Connect 2018), held in April in Philadelphia.

Camille’s plans for the future include a job in corporate hospitality and events at a large corporation. She also plans to pursue her MBA. The scholarship was first awarded in 1999, in memory of Doris Sklar who was active in IACC and a proponent of using IACC conference venues for meetings. Sklar was widely known and respected for her work with General Electric and as an independent consultant. In addition, she taught the meeting planning curriculum at NYU’s Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism.

This summer, New York is welcoming its first sports betting bar and casino, Rivers Sportsbook Schenectady. The lounge, designed by DMAC Architecture, is approximately 1,800 square feet of comfortable chairs with charging ports, betting terminals and a gaming floor. With walls covered in high definition televsions, Rivers Sportsbook allows guests to place bets on several different games rather than just focusing on one.

 

Aventri, a leader in events management software (EMS), recently released ‘The Top 100 Meeting and Event Venues in the United States’ for 2019. The company took the ten top-rated meeting and event cities in the United States and picked the top ten venues in each area, compiling a list of 100 highly-regarded spaces. 

The guide identifies the two most valuable factors in attendee satisfaction as venue location and activities in the host city, followed by capacity, uniqueness and proximity to local attractions.

 

Mount Airy Casino Resort revealed its recent expansion with a ribbon cutting on May 2. The expansion included several additions and renovations to the resort's event space.

Before the expansion, Mount Airy Casino Resort lacked space to accommodate large scale meetings and conventions, but now it has a full-service four-star diamond resort that can accommodate 750 guests seated or 1,200 standing.