Intercom Online......May 4, 2000

Students heading "down under"
for 2000 Olympics and life experiences

More than 65 students in the Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management program will get academic credits and experience catering to the masses at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

The students will work with ARAMARK, the $7 billion world-leader in managed services, and its Australian partner, Spotless Services Ltd., to prepare meals for 10,300 athletes from more than 200 countries; 8,000 coaches and staff members; 5,100 officials; and 5,000 international media representatives.

"We are looking forward to working with ARAMARK as it provides food and service to the Olympic and Media villages. This experience will be extremely beneficial to our students," said Fred DeMicco, professor-in-charge of the Penn State program.

The students will work side-by-side with ARAMARK professionals. Among its responsibilities, ARAMARK will develop operating plans; design menus; develop and implement appropriate food and safety guidelines; establish and maintain all necessary information technology and office management systems; manage the loading dock and goods receipt process; coordinate activities with additional supplies; and develop an environment and waste management plan.

"Our graduates are the future leaders in the hospitality industry. This is an opportunity for them to learn from a team of experienced professionals during the largest Olympic project to date," said DeMicco.

Penn State's HR&IM program is ranked as one of the top five programs of its kind in the nation, and helps prepare students for management careers in hotels, restaurants, resorts, convention centers, health care and corporate dining facilities, educational institutions and other settings. The nearly 500 undergraduate students enrolled in the program also earn 1,000 hours of work experience. The employment rate for Penn State's HR&IM graduates is nearly 100 percent.

The internship in the Olympic Village is part of the University's Sydney2000 program, which is made up of four courses. A course on Australian history and culture begins the academic program in Sydney. DeMicco will teach an organizational management course. Penn State instructor John Keller, a former American diplomat who served in Australia, will teach a business communication course with an international focus. A fourth three-credit course -- held in the city of Cairns along the Great Barrier Reef -- will explore the relationship between tourism and the environment.

The Sydney2000 program, sponsored by the University Office of International Programs and the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Recreation Management in the College of Health and Human Development, in partnership with the University of New South Wales, runs from Aug. 23 through Oct. 22. For information on the program, visit the Sydney2000 page on the Web at

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