Student Professional Organizations

Messages From The Presidents

The purpose of this page is to give insight into the perspectives of student leaders and to get the STHM Community excited about the opportunities offered through student professional organizations.



American Hotel & Lodging Association

Dear STHM Community,

The Temple student chapter of American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA) is dedicated to setting the foundation for future hospitality careers of students through exposure and networking opportunities with industry professionals, and to open the door for students to delve into the hotel and lodging industry.  Currently AH&LA is working on establishing a relationship with Penn State’s student chapter of AH&LA in an effort to create a strong and sustainable Philadelphia student chapter. Look for AH&LA on campus the week of March 28th so that you can donate spare change to the ACTS Clinic whose purpose is to help women and children throughout the city of Philadelphia in need.

Caili Birdsall

President of Temple AH&LA


Temple AH&LA

Adventure Travel Trade Association

Dear STHM Community,

Do YOU have a sense of adventure?  Does the thought of rock climbing, skydiving, African excursions, and Antarctic cruises exhilarate you?  Have you heard about one of the newest student professional organizations?  The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) is one of the leading names in the adventure tourism and recreation industry!  We are comprised of both tourism and hospitality management students as well as sport and recreation management students.  We provide our members with opportunities to network among industry professionals, establish a name for themselves in the industry, attend national and international conferences, and test their sense of adventure along the way!  What are you waiting for? Come, embark on the journey, your adventure has just begun.  For more information, check out our website at

Gina Cautilli

President of Temple ATTA

Temple ATTA

Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International

Dear STHM Community,

For those of you who do not know, HSMAI Temple University Collegiate Chapter is a collegiate chapter under HSMAI (Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International). Members of HSMAI Temple University Collegiate Chapter are mainly Temple University students and alumni who are interested in the profession of sales and marketing in the hospitality and tourism industries. We offer students the opportunity to network with industry professionals from the Greater Philadelphia area and beyond, as well as other Collegiate Chapters! Our goal is to mix education and fun through innovative events and meetings. Be sure to visit our website for more information!

Sara Garvey

President of  HSMAI Temple University Collegiate Chapter


Temple HSMAI

Meeting Professionals International

Dear STHM Community,

We at Temple MPI feel that we need to create opportunities as opposed to waiting for them.  Our organization is designed to help students in the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management to succeed not only academically, but professionally as well.  Temple MPI holds events to expose our members to industry professionals throughout Greater Philadelphia.  With the help of our Philadelphia Area Chapter of MPI, we are exposed to many events and industry professionals at various venues.  Temple MPI tries to be diverse in planning events that will appeal to both sport and recreation majors and tourism and hospitality majors.   One of our most valuable events of the semester will be “Backpacks to Briefcases” on April 13, 2011.  This will be a networking event combined with various other components to not only expose students to the industry, but to get them ready for the transition into the real world.  Temple MPI is a great organization that can provide the tools needed for any STHM student to get involved.  As it says in our mission statement, “join us and let us help you shape your future.”

Kelley Dougherty

President of Temple MPI

For more information visit

Temple MPI

National Society of Minorities in Hospitality

Dear STHM Community,

A great trademark is appropriate, dynamic, distinctive, memorable and unique. - Primo Angeli

NSMH is an organization whose membership is as diverse as the variety of opportunities it has to offer! Our membership is comprised of students from all cultural backgrounds, which makes us unique. As members, it is your ideas and multicultural perspectives that we value most. We understand that ‘today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders,’  and work toward creating opportunities for you to nurture your aspirations and cultivate relationships with professionals who can help you reach them. Whether you participate in the hospitality olympics, hospitality week events, or attend our national conference with students and professionals from across the country, the opportunities for personal and professional growth are endless! Now that you know what makes us unique, join us we would love to get to know You!

Aria Bias

President of Temple NSMH

For more information visit


Temple NSMH

Professional Convention Management Association

 Dear STHM Community,

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is happy to be a leading organization in the STHM community. PCMA offers members positive and lasting opportunities for leadership, networking, industry hours, and friendship. We have bi-weekly meetings with top local industry professionals and we encourage you to join us on our mission for professional development.

Peace, Love, PCMA!

Christine Frye

President of Temple PCMA



Temple PCMA

Rho Phi Lambda

Dear STHM Community,

Rho Phi Lambda is a National Honorary Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services Fraternity.Rho Phi Lambda strives to recognize Sport and Recreation Management majors who have exemplified academicexcellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Membership in RhoPhi Lambda cultivates student professional development, through networking opportunities, scholarship eligibility, resume building, and campus and community service initiatives. To apply, all applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher, a 3.5 GPA in Sport and Recreation classes, 45 completed semester hours (9 of which are STHM courses) and must be a Sport and Recreation Management major.

Lauren Langton

President of Temple Rho Phi Lambda

Sports Marketing Association of Temple University

Dear STHM Community,

The purpose of the BRAND NEW Sport Marketing Association of Temple University (SMAT) is to expose Sport and Recreation Management and Tourism and Hospitality Management majors in STHM to career professionals in particular in the Sport Marketing Field.  SMAT offers excellent opportunities to build a student’s network within their major and industry professionals through events, conferences, bi-weekly meetings that include guest speakers.  If you are interested in joining SMAT, email us at “Like SMAT” on Facebook or visit our website.

John Wright

President of Temple SMAT

Sport and Recreation Professional Association

Dear STHM Community,

SRPA is your bridge between sport academia and the sports industry. SRPA is Temple’s only student-run organization designed specifically for Sport and Recreation Management majors. SRPA provides an excellent opportunity to network with students within your major and industry professionals through scheduled events, conferences, and semester meetings. To inquire about joining, e-mail

Randy Johnson

President of SRPA

For additional information visit



STHM Student Association

Dear STHM Community,

As your college career expands throughout the years, you will come to realize how important professionalism is to your success as a Tourism and Hospitality Management or Sport and Recreation Management student. The ability to network and move into these industries is vital to a successful career.

The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Student Association is a pre-professional organization that is meant to inspire students to develop their professionalism and help them figure out what industry path they might want to pursue. Through monthly guest speakers, including our semester Alumni Speaker Series, students are able to grasp knowledge of a former STHM student’s career and also how STHM helped them along the way. The STHM Student Association strives to combine interests in tourism, hospitality, sport and recreation so that all STHM students will benefit.

Through social events like Super Saturday in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland, the Student Association helps students from both majors gain insight into all four industries and helps students get comfortable with their peers. Through our peer mentoring program, members of the Student Association are paired up with an executive board member and helped with anything they need in their major, or in their life outside of STHM.

As the umbrella group for all of the STHM Professional organizations, the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Student Association offers a guiding hand for students throughout their first two years in developing the professional and social skills they need for the future. This organization helped me figure out the career path that I wanted to take and introduced me to the friends that I will call my family for a lifetime. I know that the Student Association will open up opportunities for you and benefit you as much as it has for me.

Maura Marrone

President of STHM Student Association

STHM Student Association

Sports Management Student Association

To learn more about the BRAND NEW Sports Management Student Association, please visit their website!


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