Hospitality management students take guests on the SMASH boardwalk


SMASH Committee

SMASH is a meal and networking fundraiser for students in Bumpers College’s Hospitality Management program.

Boardwalk Bash will provide guests with the food, sights and sounds of a traditional boardwalk entertainment district for this year’s SMASH event hosted by students in the U of A’s Hospitality Management Program.

SMASH – Students Mastering the Art of Southern Hospitality – is a meal and networking fundraiser for the program. The event highlights student food selection, preparation, and serving, and event planning and execution.

Boardwalk Bash is this year’s theme, and the event will take place from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, in the Arkansas Union’s Verizon Ballroom.

“Planning and coordinating this event has been exciting,” said Lincoln senior Kaitlyn Kelly. “Having the opportunity to plan a great event from scratch entirely for the hospitality program is an experience that I am very proud to be a part of.”

Two host classes from the School of Environmental Humanities, part of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, are using the semester to coordinate and execute the event. A SMASH class takes care of the planning and organization, under the guidance of instructor Dede Hamm.

Meanwhile, a cooking lab class, Cultures et Cuisines du Monde, is in charge of the meal, under the direction of instructor Lobat Bayyari.

The cooking class is the same one that prepares and serves meals on Mondays and Wednesdays at Pineapple Café, a lunch service hosted at the Maudine Sanders Commons in the Human Environmental Sciences Building.

Tickets for SMASH are available for $75 each and can be purchased here. Tickets for HESC faculty and staff are $60, for home alumni $50, a student family package for two is $120, and a SMASH couple package is $130.

Sponsorships for seating and table options include various VIP packages: bronze (two guests, $250), silver (four guests, $500), gold (six guests, $1,000), platinum (eight guests, $2,500 $) and Diamond Pineapple packages (10 guests, $5,000) with company recognition and promotion. All packages include reception, dinner, beer and wine.

Tickets and sponsorships are available until April 5. Tickets will not be available at the door on the day of the event.

Proceeds benefit the hotel management program through scholarships, resources, equipment and educational travel funds.

“I can’t wait for us students to be able to show our friends, family and other important people in the hospitality industry what we are capable of and all that we have learned during our time at the University of Arkansas,” Kelly mentioned.

The Marketing and Design Committee students are Katrina Munn, Liam Behee, Kelly Blome, Olivia Clark, Anna Harris, Payton Hart, Natalie Meacham, Kendall Page and Taylor Stevenson.

The Sponsor Management and Finance Committee includes Lindsey Winters, Devan Andres, Alexa Everett, Jonathan Fischer, Micaylee Graham, Faith Harlin, Ashley Hill, Gracie Rogers and Luke Stroh.

The Project Management and Logistics Committee is made up of Ramie Rice, Lauren Drimmel, Lauren Evans, Ashley Mattingly, Elli Overton, Emma Rohde, Caroline Ross, Margaret Rosser and Mahlen Waugh.

The students of the promotion and communication committee are Kelly, John Behee, Eveline Alford, Caroline Cooper, Maricela Herver, Lyrette Irabaruta, Lauren Kehm, Gina Lor and Maggie Roach.

The production and technology committee includes Kara Kane, Mary Deren, Grace Desautels, Jacquelyn Hays, Briana Pascale, Gilbert Pena, Rebecca Sutton and Lily Williamson.


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