The Hazell Nut Cafe was designed to allow students in the Hospitality and Tourism Management Department to engage in experiential education with entrepreneurship by operating a small business. Originally a small coffee shop, this 100% student-run establishment has expanded to include a double deck pizza oven, pastry case, IPad-based POS system, automatic ware washing system, refrigeration units and preparation stations. Students in the HTMG 1165 Introduction to Hospitality and HTMG 3356 Foodservice Management courses are, as part of their course curriculum, employees at the cafe. This provides them the opportunity to work with other employees, receive professional training, experience the duties of each shift, learn menu item preparation, and engage in customer interaction.
The HTMG 3303 Fieldwork II (200 hours) requirement provides students the opportunity to manage the Hazell Nut Cafe. As managers, students are in charge of vendor interaction, accounting, product costing, marketing, employee training, menu development, purchasing and inventory. Managers also must work with University clients on catered events such as department meetings or Open House sessions. Management positions available to students may include general manager, assistant general manager, marketing manager, purchasing and inventory manager, pizza manager, and cafe/bakery manager. This experience prepares students for management level positions within the industry post graduation.