School of Hospitality Management’s announced J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott Dining Room
Last Wednesday Widener University recognized its new partnership with the J. Willard and Alice S. Foundation and Marriott International during the opening ceremony for the School of Hospitality Managements newly-renovated dining room. President James T. Harris III and Dean Nick Hadgis joined Steve Bauman, Marriott International vice president of talent acquisition and human resource research, as he cut the ribbon to the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Dining Room (previously the Heintz Dining Room) located in Academic Center North.
And it does. The dining room underwent a significant transformation during the summer thanks to a $125,000 grant from the Marriott Foundation, which was established by J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott in 1989, for whom the room is named. The Foundation supports schools that provide civic assistance to others in and around its community.
“Widener is unique; Dean Hadgis has developed an outstanding hospitality management program here,” Bauman said. “It builds well-rounded hospitality professionals and we look forward to be affiliated with it.”
Hospitality Management faculty and students prepared lunch for members of Widener’s Senior Leadership Team and Marriott officials following the ribbon cutting.
“This new partnership will continue to lead to great success and allow the School of Hospitality Management to thrive,” President Harris said. Just this past year Widener hosted several significant events in the dining room, including President Obama’s October visit, and a meeting with Beijing University, Widener’s partner in an agreement for a Confucius Institute.
“Marriot International has been a supporter of our school for many years,” Dean Hadgis said. “And I look forward to building on that relationship.”
Weekly lunches and dinners are held in the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Dining Room throughout the semester. The meals are prepared by students in the School of Hospitality Management. Lunch is served every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and dinner on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The weekly dinners have themes such as An Evening in Hawaii on Nov. 4, and The Italian Kitchen on Dec. 2. Visit for more information.
Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate's, baccalaureate's, master's, and doctoral degrees. The university's campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve some 6,700 students. Visit the university website, .