The Vallen Dinner of Distinction is the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality's signature event honoring excellence in hospitality. The purpose of the event is to recognize alumni and leaders in the hospitality industry who have made significant contributions to the industry and hospitality education. The event is named in honor of Hotel College founding Dean, Jerome Vallen.
This year is particularly special given that the college is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and event programming will focus on the college's five-decades of excellence in hospitality education. The college will honor its 2017 Alumnus of the Year, Kathy Clark-Dyke; highlight members of the college's first graduating class; and pay special tribute to the life-time achievements of Dean Vallen, who in 1967 launched a fledgling "hotel" program that would grow into one of the most successful hospitality colleges in the world.