Newest UD classroom also a hotel
The four-story, 126-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel is on UDs Laird Campus, off New London Road in Newark, next to the newly renovated John M. Clayton Hall Conference Center. The convenient location is ideal for serving visitors to the conference center or other University events, as well as the larger community.
The hotel is a partnership between UD and the Shaner Hotel Group, which also is managing the Universitys Conference Services, providing key marketing and management support. Under the terms of the partnership, the University is the majority owner of the hotel.
The Courtyard Newark-University of Delaware is a great addition to the city, to the University and to the Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management (HRIM), and UD students will benefit from excellent learning opportunities in a fine hotel.
The Courtyard Newark-University of Delaware features high-quality amenities in a new building, which opened to guests in November 2004.
The hotel offers overnight accommodations for those attending conferences at Clayton Hall and for parents and other visitors to campus, as well as banquet and meeting space for guests and for UD students completing a semester-long practicum in lodging.
The Universitys Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management has a particular emphasis on industry-related technology, and the hotel reflects that focus. One of the guest rooms is being used to test new concepts, from enhanced Internet access to energy conservation. While the technology is state-of-the-art,
The hotel will be a model for industry to bring new products and see how they work. The focus will be to apply technology to promote service, taking technology to the next level.
In addition to the 126 guest rooms, the Courtyard Newark-University of Delaware has a large meeting room and 2,000 square feet of conference space, as well as access to a 500-seat auditorium, 7,700 square feet of exhibition space and 22 conference and meeting rooms in the adjacent Clayton Hall.
Experiential learning for students
University of Delaware HRIM students will be involved in all aspects of the hotel, from the front office to accounts and engineering, sales and marketing, similar to the hands-on experience HRIM students gain in the student-run restaurant Vita Nova, which recently took honors as best lunch buffet.
Because the hotel is brand-new, it also offers students the rare, hands-on opportunity to participate in starting up and managing such a facility. Unlike programs at many other universities, the UD students are fully integrated into all facets of running the hotel.
The Courtyard Newark-University of Delaware has been called a working laboratory for UD students, giving them direct insights into all aspects of todays hotel industry and providing a real-world site for them to learn critically important operating procedures.
Students assigned to the hotel for a semester will meet for weekly classes in a computerized learning center at the site. The center doubles as a conference room with online meeting capability.
The Marriott Center for Hospitality and Tourism
The Marriott Center for Hospitality and Tourism has been established through a generous grant from the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation.
The Center includes the high-tech, flexible classrooms and the experimental guest room at the hotel, where new technology and products will be tested. A portion of the $600,000 grant also has been used to help refurbish the campus headquarters of the Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management.
In announcing the grant, the foundation praised the Universitys highly respected hospitality program and said, Its important that students learn the software applications crucial to effective decision-making and develop the skills necessary to effectively solve the types of problems commonplace in the hospitality industry.
Enhancing UD Conference Services
The Courtyard Newark-University of Delaware is in an ideal location to provide overnight accommodations for those attending conferences at the adjacent Clayton Hall. Such accommodations are particularly in demand during the academic year, when residence halls are not available to house conference participants seeking on-campus lodging.
In addition to the 40,000-square-foot Clayton Hall in Newark, UD Conference Services also operates Arsht Hall and the Goodstay Center in Wilmington and the Virden Retreat Center in Lewes, Delaware.
Shaner Hotel Group is one of the nations premier private lodging and management companies. Founded in 1983, the State College, Pa.-based company owns and/or operates 23 hotels in 15 states.
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