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The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Student Center for Professional Development
Providing undergraduate hospitality students and alumni access to a wide range of professional development services.

Brian P. Blake, Director
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Christina Jeffries, Associate Director
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Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Volunteer and Mentorship Center
Through a generous gift from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at San Diego State University created the Volunteer and Mentorship Center. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation set this up as a challenge grant asking other businesses to contribute to make this volunteer and mentorship center a reality.
SDSU’s Mentorship Center activities are coordinated by Candy Flynn, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) under the direction of Carl Winston, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and Brian P. Blake, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Institute for Meetings and Events
The Institute for Meetings and Events was formed to create a place for the meetings and events industry to work together and partner with academia in a meaningful, real-world way. It is the first higher education institute of its kind, with a primary focus on education and research dedicated to the application of professional principles in meetings and events, shaping the future of the industry. The IME combines classroom learning with community application of successful practices and the execution of meetings and events. Through exciting partnerships with industry professionals, experiential learning opportunities and professional educators specializing in the field, San Diego State University equips students with the knowledge and experience to be experts in the field.
Stephanie Dathe, Director
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Center for Surf Research
The Center for Surf Research is the first of its kind in the world; it responds to the challenges of a rapidly expanding surfing industry and the broadening horizons of surf tourism and its impact on peoples, environments, and economies along the coastlines of more than 100 countries.
Jess Ponting, Director
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Sycuan Institute
The Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming focuses on research, policy studies, and education related to the area of tribal gaming management. The Institute, centered in the largest tribal gaming community in the world, is geared to studying tribal gaming within the broader industry of hospitality and tourism management. 
Kate Spilde, Director
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Center for Hospitality and Tourism Research
Enhancing the skills and knowledge of professionals and students in the field of hospitality and tourism management through the creation and delivery of initiatives in executive development, research, and curriculum innovation.
Carl Winston, Director
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L. Robert Payne School of
Hospitality and Tourism Management

PSFA 436
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4514
Phone: (619) 594-4964
Fax: (619) 594-4443