Accomplishments: William F. Harrah College of Hospitality

May 10, 2021
Mehmet Erdem (Hospitality) was recently selected as an associate editor of Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology (JHTT). A peer-reviewed Social Sciences Citation Index research journal, JHTT aims to serve as a bridge between academia and industry through the intellectual exchange of ideas, trends, and paradigmatic changes in the fields of hospitality and tourism, IT, innovation, and e-business. The journal offers a platform for scholars and operators to document the impact and influence...
May 4, 2021
Seyhmus Baloglu, Tony L. Henthorne, and  Eun Joo Kim (all Hospitality) coauthored the article, "Signaling Effects of Branded Amenities on Customer-based Brand Equity." Published in the Journal of Hospitality Marketing & Management, the article found that the effects of branded amenities on customer-based brand equity vary by the economy, midscale, or luxury hotel segments. Midscale hotel brands yield the most potent advantages, while luxury hotel brands offer partial benefits from the...
April 30, 2021
The Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education recently published an article by hospitality professor James Busser with co-writers YunYing Zhong (former doctoral student and UNLV alumna), Valeriya Shapoval, and Kevin Murphy, all of the University of Central Florida. Their study aims to examine the state of hospitality and tourism students’ hope during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also investigates the role of academic program engagement efforts in imparting students’ hope, their academic...
April 28, 2021
Kasra Ghaharian (International Gaming Institute and William F. Harrah Hotel College) published an article, "Crisis management practices in the hospitality and gambling industry during COVID-19" in International Hospitality Review in collaboration with coauthors and International Gaming Institute colleagues Brett Abarbanel, Marta Soligo, and Bo Bernhard. This is a timely study that investigates crisis management among gambling industry stakeholders during the COVID-19...
April 21, 2021
Toni Repetti (Hospitality) is the author of two chapters in a newly accepted hospitality financial management etextbook entitled Hospitality Financial Management and Contextualized Decision Making. The chapters are "Fundamentals of Financial Statements" and "Projections of Future Financial Benefits Using Industry Reports."  The other co-authors include faculty from the University of Central Florida, the University of Houston, the Singapore Institute of Technology, Florida International...
March 31, 2021
Mehmet Erdem (Hospitality), along with Ata Atadil and Alison Green of University of West Florida, recently co-authored "Digital Natives in the Hospitality Workforce: An Exploratory Study on Mobile Dependency" in the Journal of Hospitality Marketing and Management. It is one of the first studies that developed and tested a mobile dependency (MD) scale within the hospitality and tourism (H&T) context and can be used by H&T organizations to evaluate the MD of their current and potential...
March 23, 2021
Marla Royne Stafford (Hospitality) was honored at the annual American Academy of Advertising conference this month by being named an elected fellow of the academy. The designation of Fellow is for a lifetime of achievement in the advancement of advertising scholarship, education, and service to the discipline. Hence, it is the Academy's broadest and most prestigious honor. It is not an annual award, but one that is given only when an outstanding individual is identified and then elected by the...
March 15, 2021
Ashok K. Singh (Hospitality) and Rohan J. Dalpatadu (Math) published their study, "Prediction of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Using Fast Fourier Transform of Overnight Breath Recordings," in Machine Learning with Applications. The study addresses the problem of predicting the risk of obstructive sleep apnea from overnight breath recordings collected by the smartphone app ZeeAppnea. Four data mining multi-level classifiers were used on the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) of each time series, and...
March 9, 2021
Yuang-Sheng "Ken" Chiu (Hospitality) received the 2021 Undergraduate Research Competition Honorary Award at the West-Federation CHRIE Conference in February. Chiu, an undergraduate, received the honor for presenting his paper, “Blame It on the Virus: Effect of COVID-19 Message on the Relationship between Layoff and Survivors' Prosocial Rule-Breaking Behaviors." Professor Cass Shum is his faculty advisor.
March 9, 2021
Joseph Lema (Hospitality), along with Jihye Min, '06 BS Hospitality Management, '12 MS Hotel Administration, and Harold Lee, '05 BS Hospitality Management,'12 MS Hotel Administration, and their co-authors recently published their paper, "The #MeToo Movement in Paradise: An Assessment of the Restaurant Industry," in the Journal of Foodservice Business Research. The purpose of this research is to evaluate restaurant employees’ perceptions of sexual harassment and the effects of the #MeToo...
March 9, 2021
Nirmala Lekhak, Lori Candela (both Nursing) and Kweisi Ausar (Hospitality) co-authored a recent publication, "Nurse Spiritual Self-Care: A Scoping Review," in Nursing Outlook. The report examines the need to promote spiritual self-care of nurses.  Additionally, Lekhak recently presented her research on "Healthy Lifestyle: Impact of Contemplative Practices on Later Life Memory Among Women" at the virtual Advancing Health LIfestyles Research Mini-Conference.
March 3, 2021
Lateka Grays (Libraries) is the 2021 recipient of the Outstanding Library Faculty Service Award. She was nominated for her significant contributions to service to the University Libraries, the UNLV campus, and to the library profession as a whole. She has shown remarkable dedication and creativity across a range of service initiatives for the past several years. She is the hospitality librarian and liaison to the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality.