The Niagara University student chapter of the Club Managers Association of America, pictured, has been named the best in the nation for a fifth consecutive year. The announcement was made during the 87th World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo, held Feb. 8 in Orlando.
The recognition indicates Niagara University has maintained the most outstanding student chapter in the U.S. for the time period of May 2008 through December 2013. The Niagara chapter received its CMAA charter in 2007.
The Student Chapter of the Year Award is a CMAA-sponsored recognition program for outstanding work and successful accomplishment in the association's student sector. To participate, chapters must summarize and document their involvement in activities and events throughout the academic year. The winner of Student Chapter of the Year competition is awarded a $1,000 conference registration grant, courtesy of The Club Foundation. The chapter is also recognized at the Student Achievement Breakfast and the Managers' Awards Luncheon, both held at the World Conference.
This achievement noted NU's outstanding percentages for participation in programming, meetings, club tours and events, and a well-written résumé to articulate all of the student chapter's strengths. The Niagara group excelled in all areas the award program focuses on: educational programming, membership growth and retention, CMAA involvement, communications, employment in clubs and internship placement, student/senior chapter relations and special awards and projects.
"The members of the New York state chapter are proud of the accomplishments of the Niagara University CMAA student chapter. Under Dr. (William) Frye's guidance, the expectations the students set for themselves and their student chapter get higher every year," said Albert Antonez, CMAA liaison manager. "Legendary UCLA Coach John Wooden once said, 'Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.' In winning this prestigious award for the past five years, the NU CMAA student chapter clearly embraces the culture of the education and professionalism that we aspire to in CMAA."
Frye, a professor in NU's College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, advises the student chapter. He is a member of the New York State Chapter of CMAA and a former Club Foundation faculty intern.
The Club Managers Association of America is the professional association for managers of membership clubs. With nearly 6,500 members across all classifications, its manager members run more than 2,500 country, golf, city, athletic, faculty, yacht, town and military clubs. The objectives of the association are to promote and advance friendly relations among persons connected with the management of clubs and other associations of similar character; to encourage the education and advancement of its members; and to assist club officers and members, through their managers, to secure the utmost in efficient and successful operations.
To learn more about Niagara University's College of College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, call 716-286-8279 or visit www.niagara.edu/hospitality.