2023 CentralCHRIE Conference Wrap-up


On behalf of the CentralCHRIE Board of Directors, and the 2023 conference planning team, we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every individual for making the CentralCHRIE conference, in conjunction with the Spirit of Hospitality Summit at Purdue University, a success. The 2023 CentralCHRIE conference was held at Purdue University October 19-20.

This year we had more than 30 participants representing 11 universities in the CentralCHRIE federation, industry, and ICHRIE. By joining the Spirit of Hospitality Summit, CentralCHRIE participants were able to hear industry leaders speak on important hospitality topics, network, and engage with three keynote speakers. Thank you to Purdue University White Lodging-J.W. Marriott, Jr. School of Hospitality and Tourism Management for providing CentralCHRIE an opportunity to engage with the 2023 Summit.

CentralCHRIE Recap

Alongside the Summit, CentralCHRIE had six individual sessions designed to engage our membership and promote the sharing of ideas and provide opportunities for networking. A special thank you to our sponsor, STR Data Solutions, for working with CentralCHRIE on these programs. STR sponsored the networking lunch that Thursday, and two breakout sessions on Friday. Additionally, Dr. Vernetta Kosalka from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, hosted a roundtable discussion with faculty, students, and industry on engaging industry in education. The poster presentations were well attended, and included 26 peer-reviewed poster presentations, presented in a hybrid format. If you would like to view the virtual posters from this year’s conference, see our YouTube Channel.

Congratulations to our Poster Award Winners!

There were two winners of the Original Research Track, and one winner of the Translational Research Track. Please join me in congratulating the following researchers for a job well done!

Original Research Track Winners:
Title: The Impact of Service Robots on the Future Hospitality Workforce
Author: Chang Ma, Xueting Dou, Alei Fan, all Purdue University
Title: Examining Resident’s Participation Behavior Intentions, Influenced by Protection Motivation, Environmental Concern, and Temporal Distance in Construal Level
Author: Soyeon You, Sojung Lee, both Iowa State University
Translations Research Track Winners:
Title: Unlocking the Secrets of Client Brainwaves: A Comparative Analysis of EEG Responses Across Two Hotel Booking Platforms
Author: Wookjae Heo, Purdue University; Kunsoon Park, South Dakota State University


Save the Date

Mark your calendars for our upcoming ZoomIN event on Friday, December 1 and stay tuned for further details. We look forward to having you join us again for another remarkable experience.

Once again, thank you for your enthusiastic participation and support. We are excited to continue to grow CentralCHRIE involvement.

Best regards,

Amy M. Bardwell
CentralCHRIE President
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