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 hosted a formal dinner and silent auction as an annual signature event for the program. Every year, the students in the catering and special events management class continue this tradition of excellence by planning and hosting The Hospitality Gala under the direction of Dr. Alecia Douglas, HRMT Faculty and the leadership team in The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center led by Hans van der Reijden, Managing Director.

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. Event proceeds 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 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 and Dixon Conference Center 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!