Department of Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management

VN Students & Faculty

Future Hospitality Professionals

Michael Bandy-Pistory

Christiane Boettner

Christine Brixen

Tanya Chotejaruchaiya

Salvatore Ciro

Robert Donahue

Alexandra Giannini

Irmak Hatiboglu

Stephanie Johnson

Alexandra Kennedy

Meghan Kessler

Robert Kuczmarski

Samantha LaRosa

Schuyler Lehman

Lida Li

Brian Liachowitz

Rachel Loya

Feifei Lv

Meghan McCormick

Kenneth Myers

Nevin O'Malley

Brittany Orr

Mary Palma

Yuwen Peng

Julia Pfund

Jennifer Piccone

Brian Prickril

Chelcie Ross

Alexandra Rufo

Sarah Scher

Tara Smith

Victoria Solt

Di Song

Xin Tan

Alexander Vellios

Kyle Wedinger

Kayla White

Sarah Widen



Professional Staff 

Kitchen Manager/Executive Chef: Joe Digregorio

Sous Chef: Debbie Ellingsworth

Dining Room Manager: Bernd Mayer

Director of Restaurant Operations : Venka Pyle

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

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