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The Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management Extension program is dedicated to providing research-based educational opportunities to Iowa food and lodging organizations. The program is part of Human Sciences Extension and Outreach in the College of Human Sciences. The Extension Specialist works with hotels, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, schools, hospitals, daycares, and assisted living organizations to improve operations and better serve their patrons.

The Extension Specialist is a faculty member in the Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management academic program and works with other faculty to develop programs and services for these organizations. An example of this programming is the School Foodservice Summer Short Courses.  These courses have been held annually since 1948 in partnership with the Iowa Department of Education to provide training and support to school and child care foodservice managers in improving food preparation, financial management, food safety, and human resources.


Highlighted News!

Strong ISU Contingent at 19th Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism! 
(Posted on 2/1/2014)

Weather delays couldn’t keep Iowa State from having a strong showing at the 19th Annual Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism held January 3rd – 5th at University of Houston!

Iowa Food System working group Tearoom Herb Garden  
(Posted on 12/2/2013)

With support from ISU Extension and Outreach, students are using fresh produce and herbs from the Tearoom Herb Garden, located outside MacKay Hall.

Iowa Stater’s active at Annual Conference School Nutrition Association  
(Posted on 7/29/2013)

The 2013 Annual National Conference of the School Nutrition Association was held in Kansas City July 13th through 17th with high attendance by Iowans active in Child Nutrition Programs and Iowa State University students, faculty and alums.

Iowa State Team Attends Foodservice Systems Management Education Council 
(Posted on 4/26/2013)

Hospitality Management Professors Catherine Strohbehn and Susan Arendt and three doctoral candidates represented Iowa State University at the Foodservice Systems Management Education Council (FSMEC) Biannual Conference held in Columbus, Ohio.

Premier of Do Your PART Educational Modules at Awards Event 
(Posted on 12/17/2012)

A premier of the food safety educational modules developed as part of a USDA-funded research project was held November 28th.

chef ISU Extension and Outreach Hosts Yucatan Chefs  
(Posted on 12/17/2012)

A Yucatan Dinner Event held in the Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom raised over $2,000 to help support health and hygiene outreach efforts in the Yucatan.

Dr Arendt Iowa Child Nutrition Professionals Active at Annual National Conference School Nutrition Association 
(Posted on 9/4/2012)

50 Iowa representatives attended the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) Annual Conference in Denver last week.



The mission of Iowa State University Extension's Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management program is to provide research-based educational opportunities to food and lodging organizations to improve operations and better serve families and citizens of Iowa. Programs focus on areas such as food safety, human resources, and operations management.