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Release Date: March 20, 2019

Welcomed by smiling students, guests to Thursday night ‘Pub Nights’ at Lansdowne’s Dunlop House experience a dynamic “showcase of student talent,” says Hospitality Management Program Leader Stephen Scott.

“We want to engage our students with the community and welcome the community to campus for everyone to come together and see what our students can do.”

Every edition features an interactive theme, with the Thursday, March 14 event featuring festive decorations such as red lanterns and dragons to promote an Asian-styled spring festival. “It helps the students get in touch with their creativity without any preconceptions,” says Scott. “And what happens is a very cohesive and coherent theme that they achieved together from scratch.”

It’s an all-hands on deck, fun and interactive learning opportunity, notes first year Hospitality Management student Meghann Mongeau-Cochrane. “We’re learning the basics of how to run an event and a business, how to organise and plan for costs, and build respect for each other,” she says. “That’s very beneficial for people who want to work in the industry.”

Camosun is well respected for its core strengths of interdisciplinary, applied learning and developing graduates who are equipped to hit the ground running. “I think it’s important because a lot of times when you’re learning theoretically, it’s hard to stay focused and motivated,” she says. “It’s a lot easier to picture yourself where you want to be, if you’re actually applying what you’re learning.”

The hands-on approach also helps students determine the career path that is right for them. “With the applied work I can start to learn, I’m really good at this part of the business,” she says. “I like this aspect and I know better where I want to focus in the future.”

The first two events of the spring term have both been ‘sell outs,’ with guests enjoying the buzz and positive energy of the student-led events. “The students thrive on the energy when the guests arrive, and there’s this momentum and feeling of team work and belonging,” says Scott. “When you have 20 students who get together and execute this, and in this cohort we have students who come from different cultures and speak 5 different languages, it’s incredibly rewarding when they succeed together.”

He notes that these real-world experiences prepares students for career success after graduation. “It’s these intangibles that you almost can’t describe, that they take away from this experience and out into the workforce,” he says.

Dunlop House Pub Nights run Thursday nights from now until April 4, 4–6pm at Lansdowne campus. For more information, please visit the Dunlop House website.

Contact

Ivan Watson
Marketing & Communications Strategist
Camosun College
250-418-0700 | watsoni@camosun.ca

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Hospitality Management student Meghann Mongeau-Cochrane (centre) with fellow student organizers at the March 14th Dunlop House Pub night. Photo by Cynthia Smith
Hospitality Management student Meghann Mongeau-Cochrane (centre) with fellow student organizers at the March 14th Dunlop House Pub night.

Last updated: March 20, 2019 2:43 pm

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