Tuesday, September 8, 2020
  Community, Around Campus

By Amanda Alaniz

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – UTRGV Hospitality and Tourism Management focuses on bringing experts in the same industry to speak with students and offer valuable career advice.

Hospitality & Tourism event poster

This month the focus continues with the virtual program “Castell@College.” The purpose of the program is to help students prepare to take on leadership positions in the hospitality field and hear from a panel of industry leaders.

Several female executives from various aspects of the hospitality and tourism industry will make up the panel and share their career experiences, as well as formulas for success and lessons they learned. Students will get the opportunity to ask the panel questions they may have relating to the field.

The program will be led by Massiel Muñoz, a Hospitality and Tourism Management lecturer and assistant director of the UTRGV Student Union.

The goal of the program is to give students the opportunity to hear from different industry executives and leaders, she said, while creating awareness of the opportunities within the hospitality field.

“The industry is really broad, and we want to expose students to those ranges. A lot of the time people think hospitality is very much just hotels and restaurants. But you can have a business student go into the lodging industry, someone in real estate, engineers who are just focused on the industry. This is exposure more than anything,” she said.

Some of the program speakers include a Pure Wellness regional director and an RLJ Lodging Trust vice president.

Muñoz said having programs like these available at the university is helpful in creating partnerships and exposing students to professional networking.

“Students will have the opportunity to ask questions of professionals in the hospitality industry,” she said. “Since the hospitality program started, Dr. Singh has been bringing ‘Hospitality Speakers of Distinction.’ We want to continue to expose our students to industry leaders and industry professionals. So, learning is not just from a textbook, but rather from people who are currently working in hospitality and who can share their experiences and stories.” 

Castell@College takes place virtually 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9. Any student interested in attending or seeking more information can email host@utrgv.edu or Muñoz at massiel.munoz@utrgv.edu.


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.