Treadwell International Award Winner Reports on Her Experience

Kimberly Kuh ’19 was a winner of the Jay ’61 & Peggy Treadwell International Travel Award which provides Hotelies with international travel and learning opportunities.  The COVID pandemic forced Kimberly to adjust her plans to study Japan’s language and culture.  Like a good Hotelie, Kimberly has adjusted and made the most of her remote learning experience from her home in Taiwan.  Below is a letter she recently sent to CHS Director-At-Large, Rick Adie ’75.

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CHS Foundation Treadwell International Experience Award Kimberly Kuh’19

December, 20th, 2021


Dear Mrs.Treadwell and the Treadwell Selection Committee,

I hope you are doing well and I want to take a moment to update you on my immersion experience thus far. Graduated in December 2019, I originally planned to enroll in the Japanese Language Program offered by Waseda University, one of the top universities in Japan, after my brief reunion with my family in Taiwan; however, the pandemic began shortly after my return to Taiwan so I had to quickly make adjustments to my plans. At the time, I began reaching out to Waseda University and other Japanese language schools to consider alternative options.

Although there were many uncertainties, I decided to start taking Japanese lessons at a local academy while working a part-time job in the hospitality industry here.

In the past two years since I graduated, I have been closely monitoring the pandemic in Japan and constantly updating Mr.Adie and Ms.Boyle about my plans. This summer, Waseda University announced that they would start offering in-person classes if the border reopened. I decided to enroll in the Fall Semester program for September. At first, I was worried that remote classes would make our interactions and learning difficult; however, the professors are very thoughtful in making our classes fun and meaningful. For example, one of my professors taught us how to make origami, the Japanese art of paper-folding. I learned how to fold paper cranes, hearts, and stars while learning the relevant vocabulary. In another class, I practiced my oral skills and vocabulary through a “Show & Tell” presentation. I shared photos of my hike trips and introduced Taiwan in Japanese to my classmates. It was a wonderful experience of cultural exchanges and I appreciate the energy and passion everyone had to learn about each other. I even made some friends and we have managed to keep in touch to meet in Japan in the future! When I ask my classmates their reason for learning Japanese, I can always sense their excitement through their eyes. Whether it is for the food, culture, or music, there is just something so magical and fascinating about this country that connects us all together. This language immersion opportunity has shown me how people from all over the world can bond together through passion and love for Japanese language and culture.



















In the past few months, it’s also amazing to see how my knowledge in Japanese has grown significantly from not knowing a single word to being able to have a basic conversation in Japanese. To practice my listening skills, I took my friends’ advice and watched some Japanese shows, such as Alice in Borderland, Attack on Titan, and Terrace House, without subtitles.

Although it was really difficult to understand anything at first, it certainly helps to hear common phrases and words they use in daily conversations! I also reconnected with some friends who have moved to Japan through text and video calls. From my friends, I learned that the country has been on a slow yet steady path of recovery. “Hanami,” or flower-watching, is a traditional and popular tradition in Japan. Every spring, locals and tourists alike picnic under the cherry blossoms to enjoy their transient beauty. I showed my painting of the cherry blossoms to my friends and promised them we will “hanami”together when we meet in Japan!






Aside from taking Waseda University’s classes to learn about Japan, I also reached out to the chefs from“ Nihonryori RyuGin” (Taiwan store) to convey my passion to learn Japanese culture through the context of the hospitality industry. Originating from Tokyo, “Nihonryori RyuGin” is one of the most renowned Michelin 3-Star restaurants in the world. Through my visit, the Executive Chef, Seiji Yamamoto, and his team kindly gave me an introduction to their well-established history, iconic concept, and elegant decor. One of the most memorable takeaways from my visit was “Nishijin-ori,” which highlights Japan’s most traditional and sophisticated textiles.“ Nihonryori RyuGin” incorporates special types of textiles into their decor to highlight Japan’s attention-to-detail and refined sense of beauty. My special visit to the restaurant taught me the fascinating immersion of Japanese culture, food, and hospitality spirits.









My immersion experience has certainly been a unique one due to the pandemic and I am beyond grateful for this opportunity. I hope to visit Tokyo soon to apply my learnings and language skills from navigating the city, eating authentic Japanese food, and connecting with the locals there.

Reflecting on my experience in the past few months, gratitude stands out as one of the strongest feelings I feel. Your support has given me the motivation to grow and thrive during this special time. With that said, thank you all for your generosity and faith in me through this remarkable journey and for making this happen! I wish you all the best and please take care.

Sincerely, Kimberly Kuh



  • Citation

Yasuka. (2020). The Japanese Hanami Tradition. photograph.

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Historic $50 Million Gift From Alumni Peter J. Nolan ’80, MBA ’82, and Stephanie Nolan ’84.

Please see the letter below from Dean Walsh regarding the $50 million gift from alumni Peter J. Nolan ’80, MBA ’82, and Stephanie Nolan ’84, and renaming of the school to the Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration.


Dear SHA alumni, parents, and friends:

I am so excited to share with you President Pollack’s wonderful news that today we unveiled the naming of our school—the Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration. This is a truly historic moment for our school, especially as we prepare to celebrate a century of educating the next generation of hospitality leaders.

The $50 million naming gift will directly impact our students, our Hotelies who put “Life is Service” at the heart of everything they do. This generous gift will enable us to provide our students with the support they need to experience our world-class education, as they learn how to become impactful leaders who will one day make the world a better place.

Please join me in thanking Peter Nolan ’80, MBA ’82, a graduate of both the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, and Stephanie Nolan ’84, a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration, for their historic gift. As we continue to shape our school’s legacy and impact into our next century, I am so excited for what lies ahead.


Kate Walsh

Dean and E.M. Statler Professor

Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration

Second Annual Berlin Lodging Outlook

On Friday, August 27, 2021, the CHS Germany chapter hosted its second annual Berlin Lodging Outlook.  The theme for this year’s seminar was “What Does the Future of the Hotel Industry Look Like?”  The event was held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.  CHS Germany Chapter President, Gabriele Maessen, served as moderator for the event and provided welcome comments.

The following presentations were given by industry experts:

Current State of the Hotel Market

  • Sarah Duignan, STR
  • Wolfgang Gattringer, Fairmas

Importance of Forward-Looking Data for Dynamic Pricing After the Pandemic

  • Michael Schäffner, Duetto

Which System Takes on the Role of the Property Management System?

  • Michael Toedt, dailypoint

The HR Disaster in the Hotel Industry!  How do we Manage to Inspire Young and Old for the Industry and Keep it Sustainable?

  • Alexander Aisenbrey, First Chairman Fair Job Hotels eV
  • Yasemin Tulay, flow collective

Resources of the Future – What can the Younger Generation Expect and What are Motivational Factors?

  • Dr. Hartwig Bohne, Prof. for International Hotel Management, hcp strategy partner
  • Miriam Bünk, Young Capital
  • Maria Mittendorfer, Fair Jobs
  • Andrea Adler, Hilton Hotels
  • Andreas Martin (moderator), PKF Hospitality Group

New England Chapter Celebrates CHS at 90

On May 10th, the New England Chapter held an exciting event celebrating the 90th anniversary of Cornell Hotel Society. The Chapter celebrated the milestone at Boston’s newest Mexican restaurant, Bodega on Canal, with thirty local alumni and their guests.

CHS New England celebrates CHS at 90.

DC/Baltimore Chapter Raises Funds For Scholarship

At reunion on June 8th, Erica Killam ’08 from the CHS Washington DC/Baltimore chapter presented an $8,000 check towards the chapter’s endowed scholarship fund.

Erica Killam ’08 presents $8,000 check to Dean Walsh.

Kansai Chapter Celebrates CHS at 90

On June 1, 2018, the Kansai Chapter celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Cornell Hotel Society at the Kobeya Sylphide restaurant in Osaka. A total of 21 Hotelies and their families were in attendance.

Kansai chapter celebrates CHS at 90.

Kansai chapter celebrates CHS at 90.

Kansai chapter celebrates CHS at 90.

Shanghai Chapter Celebrates CHS at 90

Twenty alumni gathered at the St. Regis Shanghai for lunch on May 19, 2018 to celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Cornell Hotel Society. After lunch, the Hotelies in attendance enjoyed a tour of the property.

CHS Shanghai celebrates CHS at 90

Shanghai chapter celebrates CHS at 90

Shanghai chapter celebrates CHS at 90

Hong Kong and Macau Chapter Celebrates CHS at 90

On May 30, 2018, the Hong Kong and Macau Chapter celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Cornell Hotel Society with a reception and tour of Hong Kong’s newest hotel – The Murray. With an interesting background to the building and its historical preservation, The Murray is a re-purposed commercial building transformed into a boutique 5-star hotel destination in the heart of Central. The project was completed by Foster + Partners.

Hong Kong / Macau Chapter Celebrates CHS at 90

Hong Kong / Macau Chapter Celebrates CHS at 90

Hong Kong / Macau Chapter tours The Murray hotel.

Hong Kong / Macau Chapter tours The Murray hotel.


CHS Honors Icon and Innovator Award Winners

The Tenth annual Cornell Hospitality Icon and Innovator Awards banquet was held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at The Pierre Hotel in New York City. This year’s Icon Award winner was Arne Sorenson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International.  Hotelie Tim Hentschel ’01, Co-Founder and CEO of Hotel Planner, was honored with the Innovator Award.

The Executive Board of CHS presented each award winner with a plate signifying their conferment as an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Cornell Hotel Society.

Icon award winner Arne Sorenson – Marriott International

Innovator award winner Tim Hentschel ’01 – Hotel Planner

Collegiate Chapter Celebrates CHS at 90 Where It All Started

On May 12, 2018, the Collegiate Chapter of the Cornell Hotel Society celebrated the 90th anniversary at CHS at the location of the association’s first meeting – the Memorial Room in Willard Straight Hall. In addition to the live jazz band and CHS/SHA trivia, Raj Chandnani ‘95 and Dean Walsh addressed the students, staff and faculty members that were present.

The event also served as the chapter’s annual Senior Send-Off. The Senior Send-Off is a celebration of the graduating class that brings its students together for superlatives and reminiscing, while also highlighting the benefit of staying involved with the Cornell Hotel Society after graduation.

Collegiate Chapter Celebrates CHS at 90

Dean Walsh and Raj Chandnani ’95 address the group.

CHS and SHA Triva