Department of Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management

VN Students & Faculty

Future Hospitality Professionals

Nicole Benoit

Elana Berk

Taylor Biles

Sydney Blissick

Charis Brooks

Joseph Bruno

Logan Bushman

Sara Cannizzaro

Lingyue Chen

Carly Cooper

Christopher Cullen

Jennifer Curatolo

Sarah Drobnock

Karina Faust

Abigail Fenimore

Danielle Fine

Annamarie Garniewski

Melanie Hallowell

Kevin Hannum

Kelly Harris

Shannon Hensey

Lindsay Heuschneider

Emily Hindes

Marina Hoffman

Elliott Jones

Tracy Kao

Jingjing Li

Li Liu

Andrew Maffey

Rachel Mahoney

Rachel McMahon

Maria Medved

Robert Mitchell

Ciara Moscarello

Laura Mullin

Erica Napchan

Rachel Overstrom

Rosemarie Pagano

Magdalene Papayiannis

Ryan Presley, Jr.

Stephanie Rothman

Olivia Salinardo

Stefanie Smith

Pauline Wardell

Debra Wassmer

Catherine Wisell




Professional Staff 

Kitchen Manager/Executive Chef: Joe Digregorio

Sous Chef: Debbie Ellingsworth

Dining Room Manager: Nicholas Waller

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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