Student Spotlight

One of the many unique elements of The Union Club Hotel is its student staff.  The Union Club Hotel is the only Autograph Collection hotel across the globe that is student run - from hospitality students to aeronautics students to engineering students.  They will be the first to welcome you on your next visit to this luxury property.  

Learn more about these remarkable students below.

Carson student spotlight

Why did you choose Hospitality & Tourism Management? 

I enjoy the hands-on and high-energy atmosphere in a hotel environment where the ultimate goal is to make guests happy.

What is your career aspiration?

I want to work in hospitality sales.

Bucket list vacation destination?

New Zealand or Dominican Republic

Favorite place on campus?

Top floor of the Purdue Memorial Union

What has working in hospitality taught you?

It has taught me that it takes a team to pull off great service. 

Three words to describe you?

Committed, goal-oriented, energetic


Kelly student spotlight

Why did you choose Hospitality & Tourism Management? 

I worked at the local grocery store in my hometown as a cashier, and I quickly found out that I love being around people.  My dad recommended that I study hospitality and then I found my passion for events.

What is your career aspiration?

I want to work in banquets as a Manager until I feel like I have mastered the position.  I really like the idea of being on task force, where you go and help other hotels and also learn how other hotels operate based on their size, location and demographics.  I would eventually like to own a banquet hall or wedding venue.

Bucket list vacation destination?

I want to see the mountains in Switzerland.

Favorite place on campus?

Slayter Hill because local bands perform on the stage whenever there's good weather.

What has working in hospitality taught you?

It has taught me that it is really important to put yourself in the shoes of others.  Everyone has their own story to tell and people want to be heard and understood.  I have learned to listen and assure people that I can help them, and make sure they get whatever they need.

Three words to describe you?

Ambitious, reliable, spontaneous