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The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Center for Student Development and Engagement

In 2016, the DePaul University School of Hospitality Leadership was awarded a $1.8 million gift from The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation to create The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Center for Student Development and Engagement. The center was established to generate, integrate and expand student development and engagement resources, and guide and assess each student's development of knowledge, competencies and skills for a future career in the hospitality industry. 

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Center for Student Development and Engagement provides personalized career planning and development strategies to all DePaul hospitality students while engaging them with our key industry partners and alumni for future career success in our field. The center has implemented a high-touch student development and industry engagement plan, including:
  • ​​Individualized mentoring and career guidance
  • Customized internship planning 
  • Leadership and soft skill seminars and workshops to include etiquette training and international service culture training
  • Networking events designed to engage students with alumni and industry
The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Center for Student Development and Engagement is located at DePaul's Loop campus in Suite 340 of the Daley building (14 E. Jackson Blvd). The center is open during the academic year on Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center is closed during the summer break, winter holiday break and spring break.

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Below is a calendar of all events happening in the Marriott Center during the 2017-2018 Academic Year

September 2017

9/7/2017 SHL Autumn Term Kickoff/Open House - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Marriott Center for Student Development and Engagement 
9/11/2017 Autumn Hospitality Advisory Council Meeting - 3 to 5 p.m. - College of Business Dean's Board Room DePaul Center 5800
9/19/2017 Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Branding Day - 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Marriott Center for Student Development and Engagement
9/21/2017 SHL Mentor Program Reception - 4:30 to 6 p.m. - Marriott Center for Student Development and Engagement 
9/26/2017 Sheraton Grand Branding Day - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Marriott Center for Student Development and Engagement​

October 2017

10/3/2017 Marriott Branding Day - 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Marriott Center for Student Development and Engagement
10/9/2017 HSP 1 Course Session 2 - 6 to 9 p.m. - Marriott Center for Student Development and Engagement 
10/15/2017 Eta Sigma Delta Induction Ceremony - 3 to 5 p.m. - Marriott Center for Student Development and Engagement ​
10/20/2017 PCMA Student Day - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Marriott Center for Student Development and Engagement​

January 2018

1/4/2018 SHL Winter Term Kickoff/Open House - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Marriott Center for Student Development and Engagement 
1/16/2018 White Lodging Branding Day - 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Marriott Center for Student Development and Engagement 
1/26/2018 SHL Career Fair - 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Lincoln Park Student Center​

February 2018

2/5/2018 HSP 1 Course Session 2 - 6 to 9 p.m. - Marriott Center for Student Development and Engagement
2/19/2018 SHL Annual Awards and Ceremony of Distinction Dinner - 6 to 9 p.m. - Sheraton Grand Chicago​

March 2018

3/29/2018 SHL Spring Term Kickoff/Open House - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Marriott Center for Student Development and Engagement​

April 2018

4/11/2018 Spring HAC Meeting and Reception - 3 to 6 p.m. - Dean's Board Room and DePaul Center 5th Floor Lobby
4/23/2018 HSP 1 Course Session 2 - 6 to 9 p.m.- Marriott Center for Student Development and Engagement​

May 2018

5/18/2018 STR Workshop - NRA Weekend - 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
5/25/2018 SHL Mentor Closing Reception - 4:45 to 6 p.m. - Marriott Center for Student Development and Engagement ​

​​Contact us

Please contact The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Center for Student Development and Engagement at (312) 262-1080 or at SHLMCfrontdesk@depaul.edu should you need assistance, more information or would like to schedule a meeting with Ms. Shelley Gibbons, Assistant Director of The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Center for Student Development and Engagement.

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