Student Organizations

Why should students get involved with a student organization?

  • Meet like-minded students
  • Gain practical experience in a dependable environment
  • Develop your leadership skills
  • Share your strengths
  • Get a break from your studies
  • Build your resume
  • Give back to the community, and
  • Have a good time!

The FSU Dedman College of Hospitality houses the following organizations:

Club Managers Association of America (CMAA)

The student chapter of the CMAA gives students opportunities to explore the club management profession and to develop as leaders. Members get first-hand experience participating in club tours, shadowing trips and fundraising activities. Attending the CMAA's national and world conference allows its members to learn management skills and meet with industry leaders.

Cynthia Johnson, Faculty Advisor

Eta Sigma Delta

Eta Sigma Delta is a prestigious international honor society for superior hospitality administration students. The Florida State chapter offers many exciting opportunities to meet new people and become involved in department activities while increasing both your knowledge and exposure to the hospitality industry. Only Dedman College of Hospitality majors with an overall 3.0 or higher GPA will receive an email offering admission each semester.

Tarik Dogru, Faculty Advisor

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA)

The Florida State student chapter of FRLA introduces its members to various restaurant businesses and resort hotels in the major cities of the Southeast while building their network contacts and introducing them to a real life work environment through its shadowing trips. This organization is also referred to as the Florida State University Society of Hosts Student Chapter.

Zach Weston, Faculty Advisor

Recreation and Tourism Student Association (RTSA)

The RTSA enables students interested in the recreation and tourism industry to collaborate through activities. Members have the opportunity to meet new people and network with professionals in the industry, as well as tour leading recreation and tourism facilities in the country. Attending conferences, such as the RCRA (Resort and Commercial Recreation Association), equips members with valuable tools to advance their careers and foster professional development.

Jieun Song, Faculty Advisor

Themed Entertainment Association (TEA)

The Themed Entertainment Association is a social and professional organization focused on informing students about the themed entertainment industry, developing the skills necessary to succeed in the field, connecting with industry professionals, and creating a friendly social environment centered around interest in themed entertainment. Themed entertainment is a large and ever-changing industry that includes theme parks, water parks, museums, zoos, resorts, arcades, and many more destination attractions. This organization intends to bridge the gap between students and professionals in the themed entertainment industry. We will inform students about what it takes and what it is like to work in this industry. This is accomplished through guest speakers, tours, and networking events hosted by the organization.

Sean McGinley, Faculty Advisor