A Hot Summer Partnership: Kyung Hee University and Rosen College

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A Hot Summer Partnership: Kyung Hee University and Rosen College

Once again, Rosen College of Hospitality Management is hosting students from South Korea for a month-long summer seminar program. Ninteen students from Kyung Hee University (KHU) will live on campus and take courses until their departure on Saturday, August 3.

The classes are seminars, four in total with a different focus each week. They include: Food production, Culture & Cuisine, Entertainment Arts & Events, Theme Parks & Attraction Management and Event & Convention Management. Also included in the roster of learning experiences are site visits to include: Second Harvest Food Bank, Harvill’s Produce, ITEC Entertainment, Amway Center Arena, Disney Springs, Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios, Rosen Shingle Creek, TopGolf and the Orange County Convention Center.

The KHU students receive a certificate of completion at the end of their month-long immersion in hospitality.

A recap of the summer:

The 10th KHU Summer Seminar group completed their month-long stay at Rosen College and departed on August 3, 2019. The summer stay got off to a bit of a bumpy start due to typical Florida weather.  The group arrived in the middle of an electrical storm on July 6, 2019, and their plane was diverted to Ft. Myers at 11:00 pm in the evening.  They were transported to Orlando by bus and didn’t arrive until after 1:00 am.

Once the dust settled, the students participated in four week-long seminars:

  1. Food Production, Culture & Cuisine with Dr. Cynthia Mejia
  2. Entertainment Arts & Events with Dr. Sean Bliznik
  3. Theme Park & Attractions Management with Dr. Ady Milman
  4. Event & Convention Management with Jessica Richards.


Their field trips/activities included the Second Harvest Food Bank, where they were made aware of the food insecurity issues in Central Florida, Harvill’s Produce, a hands-on food lab where they prepared and enjoyed an array of Italian and Mediterranean dishes, ITEC Entertainment, Disney Springs, Amway Center Arena, the Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios, Orange County Convention Center, Rosen Shingle Creek and TopGolf.  In addition to those activities, they enjoyed the first-ever Karaoke party thrown for their group, where Dr. Cynthia Mejia and Sheryl Goins got things started with a rousing rendition of “Cheeseburger in Paradise”!

In-between these exciting outings were industry-specific lectures, guest speakers and group presentations. The students housing was accommodated in the Rosen College dorms. A special graduation luncheon was held in their honor on August 2, 2019 featuring a certificate ceremony and catering from 4 Rivers BBQ.