The Pineapple ~ The Symbol of Hospitality

Symbolized by the pineapple since American colonial times, hospitality is the key ingredient for students, graduates, and educators in Auburn University’s Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRMT) program. We concentrate on service excellence, social and ethical responsibility and diversity in a practically oriented and intellectually challenging learning environment.​

Since 1992, HRMT has staged a formal benefit dinner and silent auction as our annual signature event for the program. This year, we continue our tradition of excellence by hosting The Hospitality Gala under the direction of Dr. Alecia Douglas, Associate Professor, and Mr. Hans van der Reijden, Managing Director, of Hotel Operations & Educational Initiatives at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

Guided by a team of experienced hotel professionals in management areas such as sales, marketing, catering, culinary, and operations, students effectively plan, organize, execute, and facilitate the event. Funds raised from the event support educational development initiatives for both HRMT students and faculty. Examples of initiatives include: student attendance at hospitality conferences and trade shows, study tour programs, graduate student travel to research conferences, support for visiting professors and faculty development opportunities.

It is our pleasure to create fond memories each spring for our guests and we look forward to hosting you. Join us at 5:30pm on November 17, 2016 at the Hotel at Auburn University for THE HOSPITALITY GALA. We have designed this website for you to learn more about our impressive annual event, those behind its planning, and for you to share with us your thoughts. Do enjoy The Hospitality Gala online experience!