Department of Retail Hospitality and Tourism Management News

Ready for the World Cafe Kicks Off Fall Season October 2

The community is invited to experience international fine dining and savor foods from various countries at the Ready for the World Cafe, which kicks off Thursday, October 2. Seven luncheons will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays through December 4 in the UT Visitors Center, 2712 Neyland Drive.

UT students help expand ‘Rocky Top’ brand


UT students are helping to expand the Rocky Top brand by designing products that eventually end up on store shelves. WATE-TV Channel 6 featured the students and UT’s Rocky Top Institute in this story.

Rocky Top: The history behind the song


Ann Fairhurst, head of the Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management, was recently interviewed by WBIR-Channel 10 about the history of the Rocky Top song  and UT’s Rocky Top Institute, which allows students to develop products around the brand. See the full story here.

UT Expert: Shorter Holiday Shopping Season is Boon for Consumers

The bad news: a later Thanksgiving this year means six fewer shopping days between Black Friday and Christmas. The good news, according to Ann Fairhurst, a retail professor and head of UT’s Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management, is that consumers will likely find much better deals well into December because retailers will continue to offer steep discounts to lure shoppers in and make up for lost time.

Ready for the World Cafe Features Italian Fare October 10

UT’s Ready for the World Cafe continues its culinary journey with a taste of Italy on Thursday, October 10. The lunch consists of bruschetta, porcini mushroom polenta cake, pork osso bucco, and panna cotta. Cost is $12 and the faculty-staff discount does not apply. Advance tickets are required.

Effort Under way to Establish Endowment in Memory of Culinary Institute Founder

An effort is under way to establish an endowment scholarship fund in memory of John M. Antun, founder of the UT Culinary Institute. Wanda Costen, an associate professor in the Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management, made the first contribution to the fund this summer. She presented a $1,000 check to Antun’s widow, Lola Antun.

Faculty News and Notes

Honors and awards for the university’s faculty and graduate students.