Learning Labs

Hospitality Administration 

Williamson Food Lab & Dining Room

The Williamson Food Lab and Dining Room provide state-of-the-art facilities for: HA 4074 Quantity Food Production; HA 2913 Basic Food Preparation; and HA 2063 Dining Service Management, as well as special topic courses in fast food production.

The facilities are used during the daytime, evenings and weekends. The student organization, Hospitality Society, use the facility for fund raising events. Supervision by a member of the faculty is required during these times. The facilities are available to students.

The Event Coordinator schedules special events throughout the semester including meals for the general public to purchase to provide students with experience in the food lab and dining room.

Mt. Magazine State Park Lab

The HA Program is working on an agreement with Arkansas State Parks to use the Lodge at Mt. Magazine State Park as a laboratory for the students. HA students can get hands-on experience in front desk operations, housekeeping, beverage management, dining service, foodservice management, meeting and convention management and facilities management. The state park will provide training, transportation and housing for the students.

Recreation & Park Administration 

Site Design Lab

A site design lab with 20 drafting tables and a computer lab with 16 networked PCs is located on the second floor of Williamson. The computer lab has a synchronizer for the instructor's use in teaching computer software applications.

Learning Labs

A reading/resource room with periodicals and job information is located on the first floor of Williamson. A networked computer lab with 20 PCs is also located on the first floor of Williamson.

Mt. Magazine State Park Lab

The Department is putting together a Cooperative Agreement with Mt. Magazine State Park near Paris, Arkansas, to use their park facilities as a laboratory for RP courses including programming, park operations, commercial recreation, site planning and design, administration, interpretation, personnel management, research methods, work experience, and internship.

The state park is building a dormitory in the basement of Mt. Magazine Lodge for temporary housing for up to 20 students. The agreement includes shuttle buses for students and faculty and park reservation software for training purposes.