Academic Partnership

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Preparing the Future of the Hospitality Industry

Ithaka is a proud partner with the Auburn University Hospitality Management Program. Through this unique partnership, we work with students, faculty and staff to give back to the next generation of hospitality industry leaders.

The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center, the first property under Ithaka’s management, serves as not only the leading hotel in the area, but also a teaching facility that gives students real-world experience in hotel management, restaurant management, event management and culinary science. As one of only three AAA Four Diamond properties in the United States dedicated to hospitality education, The Hotel at Auburn University provides students with an unparalleled education. Students gain first-hand experience in the intricacies and detail that goes into the day-to-day management of a premier hotel and benefit from the property’s elite Four Diamond rating.

Most importantly, Ithaka team members serve as mentors to Auburn University Hospitality Management Program students, instilling in them a love of the industry and a willingness to serve.

Hospitality Management Properties

Within the Hospitality Management Program, key members of the Ithaka team serve as affiliate faculty, working closely with academic program faculty to provide students a robust, engaging, practical education that will serve them for life, whatever path their career may take. In addition, both teams work to:

  • Educate students in the classroom by ensuring that students are exposed to the right balance of theoretical and applied knowledge
  • Welcome students to The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center by offering the property as a premier practicum space for hands-on learning experiences
  • Provide job shadowing opportunities for students with key members of The Hotel at Auburn University leadership team
  • Assist with program fundraising, including the annual Hospitality Gala, the largest single-night fundraiser in the area
  • Facilitate professional placement of graduates in the hospitality industry worldwide
  • Offer a unique range of differential study opportunities as a result of our existing industry partnerships, such as the Guild of Master Sommeliers and the Society of Wine Educators
  • Open doors for students and faculty to travel the U.S. and worldwide to experience the California Wine Country, Oregon Wine Country and Chilean and Argentinean Wine Country

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