The following is a timeline of the national programs that occur during the NSMH year. Also listed is what positions should be spearheading these programs.
During the Month of August or September
Welcome Event (Entire Chapter)
Chapters will host an event such as an information table with refreshments at the student union building, new student orientation, or a new student mixer to welcome new students and inform them about the benefits of joining NSMH. Other related activities could include hosting tours around campus for new students or visiting their student orientation classes/seminars. A good idea is to host a “First Year Focus” event to welcome new students who intend to major in hospitality/tourism management, and to introduce them to NSMH.
During the Month of October
Membership Drive - Within the first month of school starting (Chapter E Board)
All chapters are required to send in their Chapter Registration/Renewal forms for the year. The final deadline is October 1st. This is one of the most important events as you should be encouraging the growth of NSMH within your program. We suggest that you put up information booths, flyers, hold information sessions and speak in classes in your program and give a brief description of NSMH and the benefits of becoming a member.
National NSMH T-Shirt Day & Advisor Appreciation Day (Entire Chapter)
All NSMH members are encouraged to wear their NSMH apparel as a sign of their NSMH pride and to raise awareness of NSMH on campus. Chapters are encouraged to take pictures of their members in their NSMH gear and post them to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The chapter that shows the most NSMH pride will be recognized.
This is also a time for chapters to show their appreciation to their advisors. Chapters should use this as an opportunity to give advisors special recognition for all of their support and advice throughout the year.
During the Month of November
Regional Conferences - Dates and Locations Vary
One of the largest programs that NSMH holds is our Regional Conferences. These conferences are used to help with the professional development of our members. Students have the chance to interact with company sponsors and students from other schools in a more intimate setting than at the National Conference. Regional conferences provide chapter-strengthening sessions, tools for professionalism and etiquette, as well as a source of motivation for chapters to work toward membership growth and participation in the National Conference.
N$MH Dollar Day$ (Community Service Chairs)
Throughout the month of November, chapters will patronize local minority-owned hospitality businesses. Chapters should encourage others around campus and within their communities to support these businesses as well. Chapters may also want to use this as an opportunity to raise money by informing the area businesses that they will be having a special program throughout the month, encouraging patronage of their business. They may make flyers or posters that say something like “The (your school name here) Chapter of NSMH supports local minority-owned businesses”, followed by a listing of the business. This will help chapters build a supportive relationship with local businesses and hopefully make it easier to persuade them to become sponsors to your chapter on a local level. This will also provide chapters a way to find local sponsorship without “double dipping” into the sponsorship that NSMH receives on a national level.
Resume Mania Workshop (Entire Chapter)
The Resume Workshop is an opportunity to get members ready for recruiting season. Chapters should use their campus career center, local company sponsor representatives, and/or our regional conference as opportunities to perfect their resumes.
NSMH for the Cure Service Event (Community Service Chairs)
During the month of November, NSMH will be showing support for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Your chapter, lead by your Community Service Chair, should research a service opportunity in which you can participate. This outreach activity could be hosting a toy drive, organizing a day when your chapter creates cards to hand out at the hospital, hosting a “for the Cure” event on your campus, or even partnering up with a local breast cancer organization. Each chapter has to host at least one service event, and as an organization, we will be able to make an impact.
During the Month of December
Pre-College Outreach Program - Before December 31st (Pre-College Outreach Chairs)
The Pre-College Outreach Program bridges the gap between NSMH chapters and local high school students to pique their interest in higher education, hospitality majors, and careers in hospitality. Pre-College Outreach also allows members to mentor young people, showcase their institution, and represent NSMH in a way that may encourage a student to join after entering college.
At this year’s National Conference we will award scholarships to deserving students across the nation. Each chapter should create a flyer advertising the NSMH Pre-College portal page (www.nsmh.org/portal) to hand out to students at their Pre-College Outreach program.
Chapters can also get involved in our National High School Outreach Program by participating in our Annual Pre-College Outreach Program happening on either Wednesday, February 11, 2015 or Thursday, February 12, 2015 at a high school in the Pittsburgh area.
Industry Outlook- No later than December 31 (Entire Chapter)
As the year comes to a close, your chapter should take an opportunity to patronize a hospitality venue. Whether it is a hotel visit, eating at a restaurant, or going to a theme park, take the time to observe one sector of our industry. Industry Outlook should be educational for members. Reach out to the general manager of the hotel, owner of the restaurant, or whoever is managing the business that you are patronizing to make plans to discuss current and upcoming trends.
General Community Service Event- No later than December 31st (Community Service Chairs)
Consider doing some community service right before or after regional conferences. It will be a great time for your chapter to do some bonding, keep in touch with the local community and show your local pride! Being able to show strong chapter pride and spirit will come in handy for the upcoming National Conference where you are eligible to win one of our prestigious chapter awards! This is also another opportunity to invite high school students, faculty advisors, or other club members to show support for your local community.
Friends of Finals (Study Night)- One week before finals (Entire Chapter)
Chapters will host an evening during or just before final exams where suitable NSMH members will provide tutoring and academic help to fellow students. This will also provide students a chance to meet and form study groups in preparation for their exams. Chapters may want to invite faculty members from their hospitality department to work with the students as well as provide help in university general courses. Other ideas to help this event become a success include providing refreshments or selling study packs that include pen/pencils, approved test booklets, candy, and other items to help students make it through finals.
During the Month of January
Pre-Conference Professional Development (Chapter E Board)
Each chapter of NSMH will host a series of workshops and seminars on resume writing, networking, dining etiquette, proper business attire, etc., in order to be prepared for the National Conference. Each chapter should create a checklist of items to be sure to bring to the conference so that no one is caught unprepared!
National Conference Survival Guide- Month of January (Secretary/E Board)
Your chapter will send out correspondence (e-mails and newsletter) throughout the month informing and reminding chapter members of deadlines, travel arrangements, etc, in relation to attending the National Conference. Around this time, include preparation guidelines for the National Conference in the agendas of your chapter meetings. Chapters may also want to take time this month to provide a short program on proper business etiquette, so as to prepare members to put their best foot forward at the conference. Remember, there will be an award for the most professional and polished chapter at the conference.
During the Month of February
Annual NSMH National Conference
Every student should be attending the annual National Conference. The conference rotates its location every year, in order to strengthen the NSMH regions and expose members to other tourism locales. This is an opportunity to participate in the National Resume Booklet, Chapter Awards, Scholarships, and Candidacy for the National Board.
During the Month of March
Post-Conference Event - No later than March 31st (Chapter E Board)
After returning from the National Conference, chapters may want to host an event such as a reception to highlight and share their experiences at the National Conference with faculty and other students who were unable to attend. This may include a slide show of pictures taken and reports given by those who did attend. Chapters may also want to provide refreshments and have a mixer at the end of the evening to allow everyone to talk and reminisce about the conference. This would also be a good time to recruit and inspire new members by hosting an NSMH information desk on campus and inviting students who stop by to come to the reception and learn more about NSMH.
NSMH National Hospitality Week- First week of April (Hospitality Week Chairs)
The purpose of Hospitality Week is to reach out to campuses and local communities to increase the awareness of NSMH The goal is to host hospitality-related activities every day throughout the week. Nationwide, chapters will be hosting events that fit into our daily themes for this year.
Monday: Kick-Off/Industry Day
Tuesday: Pre-College Outreach Day
Wednesday: Diversity Day
Thursday:Organization Partnership Day
Friday: Community Service Day
All members are encouraged to wear their NSMH paraphernalia throughout the week. It is suggested that each chapter have an information table to distribute information about NSMH. This will help draw in new members all week long. Each chapter is required to have a Hospitality Week Chair who will guide the chapter in planning the weeks' events. Chapters should also look to the Pre-College Outreach Chair to involve the high school students that they worked with for their Pre-College Outreach Program for Wednesdays' events.
During the Month of May
General Community Service Event - No later than May 1st (Community Servivce Chairs)
Choose a day before May 1st, when your chapter can find ways to give back to community. Invest your time into causes that are related to the hospitality industry. This can be a project that is hosted by the chapter or partnered with another organization. Each year at the national conference NSMH recognizes a chapter with the Clyde Robinson Award for community service. Although this should not be the motivation for doing community service, it sure is a special reward.
Friends of Finals Part 2 - One week before finals (Entire Chapter)
Chapters will host an evening during or just before term final exams where suitable NSMH members will provide tutoring and academic help to fellow students. This will also provide students a chance to meet and form study groups in preparation for their exams. Chapters may want to invite faculty members from their hospitality department to work with the students as well as provide help in university general courses. Other ideas to help this event become a success include providing refreshments or selling study packs that include pen/pencils, approved test booklets, candy, and other items to help students make it through finals.