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CTD instructor, Ian Crawford, teaches interior design students by day. Nights and weekends, he wields a hammer, a paint brush, a screwdriver and whatever else it takes to turn a neglected Greek Revival mansion into a work of art and comfortable living space. Southern Living took notice and an article about Ian's renovation of his Greensboro, Alabama home appears in this month's issue.
We take great pride in recognizing outstanding HES students each spring.
On April 5, we will celebrate their accomplishments in ceremonies held at Doster Hall.
Please click a link below for details of your department's convocation ceremony.
Congratulations to this year's honorees!
Bill Bennett, general manager of The Lodge at Gulf State Park, will speak at the Shila Bowron Leadership Lecture on Thursday, February 28 at The University of Alabama’s Child Development Research Center. The hospitality management program in The College of Human Environmental Sciences hosts the event which is sponsored by Bill Bowron, CEO of Red Diamond.
The lecture series, named in honor of Bowron’s mother, began in 2002 to introduce students to a variety of hospitality leaders and their perspectives of the hospitality industry.
Lectures take place at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Students who attend will benefit from the advice of a hotel executive who brings a wealth of experience in hotel sales and marketing, hotel operational effectiveness, revenue management and asset repositioning.
Bill Bennett joined Valor Hospitality Partners in June of 2013 as general manager of the Crowne Plaza Charlotte. In that role, he successfully led his team through a $10 million property-wide renovation and completely transformed a 30-year-old Marriott Hotel into a top Crowne Plaza brand performer.
Prior to joining Valor, Bennett’s leadership roles included director of sales, regional director of sales and general manager for various brands including Marriott, Westin, Sheraton and Hilton. He has won numerous accolades for his efforts including Hotel of the Year, Sales Team of the Year, Director of Sales of the Year and the All Green Zone award with Hilton for four consecutive years.
His knowledge and experience provide a sound foundation for his current role at The Lodge at Gulf State Park, a Hilton hotel.
Ian Crawford, instructor in the Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design Department, shared his knowledge about White House China with 80 members of the Osher Life Long Learning Institute. His talk included china, silver and glassware used by the early presidents. The lecture was held in the Greensboro Opera House.
Afterwards, OLLI members enjoyed a Presidents' Day reception at The Oaks, the Greensboro residence and ongoing restoration project of Crawford.
The party was made all the more special because Crawford enlisted the help of interior design students dressed in period garb.They donned red and gold livery jackets, served food and assisted OLLI members as they toured the house.
The menu for the event was a collection of presidential favorites, including jelly beans for Ronald Reagan and cherry pie tarts for George Washington. Cutting into a White House cake and serving it on reproduction White House china topped off a wonderful event!