• Rosen College of Hospitality Management Alumni

Be part of a network of more than 10,000 Hospitality Knights through the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management Alumni Chapter! The hospitality industry is built on relationships — both personal and professional. Our chapter gives you a way to keep in touch with old classmates and make new friends and contacts. We welcome you to get involved today! Best of all, there are no membership dues!

All Knights are welcome to join us for social, career and community events throughout the year.


Getting involved is easy! Here's how:

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Marcela DeFaria
Director for Advancement
Rosen College of Hospitality Management

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Rosen Alumni Chapter Board

  • Emily Smith '13 | Chair
  • Selina Mullenax '12 | Chair-elect
  • Natalie Maniatis '10 | Immediate Past Chair
  • Amanda Schneider '10 | Mentorship Co-chair
  • Ashley Schmid '13 | Mentorship Co-chair 
  • Giovanna Gorra '08 ‘20MS | Mentorship Co-chair
  • Jenna Kelly '13 ’14MBA ‘15MSBM | Mentorship Co-chair
  • Amanda Williamson '12 | Events Co-chair
  • Katie Dallas '12 | Events Co-chair
  • Kelly Burris '11 | Events Co-chair
  • Ashley Germano '15 | Communications Co-chair
  • Jacob Metts '18 | Communications Co-chair 
  • Michael Stewart '16 '19MS | Communications Co-chair
  • Caitlin Canning-Glassman '16 '20MS | Philanthropy Co-chair 
  • Elise Hecht '09 | Philanthropy Co-chair 
  • Bailey Glessner '16 | Philanthropy Committee
  • Jennifer Fallon '08 | Member-at-large
  • Bailey Glessner '16 | Member-at-large
  • Christine Glessner '14 | Member-at-large
  • Haley Hitzing '18 | Member-at-large
  • Aimee McGovern '15 | Member-at-large
  • Ashley Johnson '20 | Member-at-large
  • LaDarius Pugh '18MS | Member-at-large
  • Michael Ridgewell '11 | Member-at-large
  • Hope Doherty '19 | Member-at-large
  • Lauren Sigmund '19 | Member-at-large
  • Tierney Stecher '12 | Member-at-large
  • Jessica Richards ’02 | Faculty Advisor


Rosen College Alumni Chapter Mentorship Program


Applications for the Rosen College Alumni Chapter’s Mentorship Program for the 2023-24  year will open Aug. 27 and close on Sept. 10. Please check back then as we will be welcoming your participation.

Please note:

Completing an application does not automatically guarantee that you will be matched. The participant selection is based off the number of applications received and your ability to participate in a monthly virtual call hosted by the Rosen Alumni Mentorship Committee Members. The pairing process will be completed by the committee mid-September. Communication regarding participation status and pairing information will be released to all applicants during the last week of September. If you have any questions in the interim, please contact the Mentorship Committee at [email protected].



We owe our successes in large part to the generous contributions of the alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations who have supported our efforts. At Rosen College of Hospitality Management, every gift has an impact that extends beyond the campus into our communities, and every gift is deeply appreciated. We thank those who have invested in the college and inspired our students and faculty to pursue their academic and professional dreams. 

For more information, please contact Marcela DeFaria

The Rosen College of Hospitality Management Alumni Chapter hosts various networking and celebration events throughout the year, but the chapter celebrates extra big during its annual signature event.


2022 Hospitality Knight 


The Rosen College Alumni Chapter celebrated Hospitality Knight 2022 in a hybrid format. The future of the hospitality industry is bright, and we had a wonderful time celebrating with you!


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Every July 1 marks a new year for the alumni chapter. Candidates interested in joining the next executive board should fill out this volunteer form.


In addition to the executive board, consider joining one of the other Rosen alumni chapter committees or participating in one of our many volunteer opportunities.


Rosen College Lodging Alumni Council (RCLAC)
The Rosen College Lodging Alumni Council is an ongoing partnership between the hotel industry in Central Florida and the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, which enhances the quality of employees, creates increased competitiveness through innovation in hospitality, tourism education and research, and increases the value of the Rosen College degree by continuing to promote and elevate the quality of its programs, alumni, faculty and students.


If you're interested in being a part of the RCLAC, please email [email protected].


Class Presentations/ Guest Speaker
Visit a class or student group to share information regarding your career and professional experiences.


Special Events Committee
The Special Events Committee plans and executes events and activities that build supportive, lifelong relationships between alumni and friends, the college and the university. The committee works to create and maintain an active community of alumni and friends who are engaged in supporting and advancing the goals and missions of the college and UCF.


Engagement and Resource Development Committee
The Engagement and Resource Development Committee provides support, structure and leadership related to board development and chapter engagement and participation. Activities include nomination and election of new board members, officers and committee chairs, and student recruitment.


Scholarship and Awards Committee
The Scholarship and Awards Committee, in cooperation with the college’s development director, shall be responsible for raising awareness of scholarship funds and creating strategies for increasing the size of the endowment(s) and/or creating new student scholarships.


Mentorship Program Committee
The Mentorship Program Committee works in conjunction with the college’s Peer Outreach Mentoring Program (POMP) to match Rosen alumni mentors with Rosen students to help the students with course recommendations and post-graduation experiences. The committee supports and organizes Rosen alumni mentors throughout the process.


Sponsorship Committee
The Sponsorship Committee shall engage and cultivate relationships and partnerships with companies that are prospective sponsors of events and programs hosted by the Rosen alumni chapter. The committee shall continuously communicate with the Special Events Committee and the Engagement and Resource Development Committee to brainstorm effective ways to include and utilize sponsorships in all programming.


Each committee meets at the call of its chair or at the request of the chair.


Please note: Committee participation is not limited to the Orlando area. Engagement is encouraged via electronic communications and conference calls. Committee chairs residing in the Orlando area will provide the committee reports at the bimonthly board meetings.