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Two U of M, Crookston Faculty Present at the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education Regional Conference
February 16, 2009

Contact: Ken Myers, associate professor, 218-281-8200 ( or Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

Two faculty members from the University of Minnesota, Crookston presented at the Rocky Mountain Chapter Regional Conference, part of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education. Associate professors Ken Myers and Marilyn Grave presented during the conference sponsored by the Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management Department at Colorado’s Metropolitan State College of Denver.

The theme for the 2009 conference, held in mid-February, was “Educators Connecting.” Sessions included information related to developing school and industry partnerships, teaching and curriculum enhancements, and hospitality trends and education.

Associate Professor Ken Myers
Associate Professor Ken Myers
Myers presentation, “Situational Learning or Assessing and Developing Student Skills in Synthesizing Information from an On-The-Job Situation and Reflective Problem Solving,” focused on how well students identify the peripheral information vs. key issues of an on-the-job situation. It included how students apply what they learned to new situations, including alternative ways of handling it.

Myers presented with Grave on “Educators as Collaborative Classroom Research Partners Promoting Student Collaborative Learning,” which included the research of seven faculty members from six disciplines on the incorporation of formal collaborative
Associate Professor Marilyn Grave
Associate Professor Marilyn Grave
learning groups.
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