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Rising to the Top: A study of upscale properties and the attributes they value in potential employees

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 22:07
Abstract: In upscale, luxury based, hotel properties customer service is essential. Properties require new hires to participate in management training programs. Specific knowledge, skills and abilities are essential to gain entry into these programs. This descriptive study seeks to discover how upscale management training programs rank these attributes in potential employees. This study will use a web-based survey instrument. Data will be analyzed in aggregate to identify common requirements. This study may be valuable to baccalaureate hospitality programs and students interested in identifying the value upscale properties place on knowledge, skills and abilities of potential employees.
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Major: Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2012
File Attachments: DEMEYER FINAL CAPSTONE.docx
Authors: Mitchell DeMeyer

Little People And Hotel Experiences

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 17:35
Abstract: Little people, medically known as dwarfs, are on average 4 feet 10 inches tall or less. This presents a unique set of circumstances when staying in hotels. The purpose of this quantitative study is to determine what the actual hotel experiences of LPs are compared to what they would like them to be. This study will be conducted through the use of surveys. Survey monkey will used to gather responses. An email will be sent to LPs in Region 2 of Little People of America and through Facebook contacts. The results of this study could be used by hotel properties that wish to make their accommodations more accessible for a wider range of people.
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Major: Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2012
Authors: Edith Wolocki

Keeping our Elderly Healthy

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 18:07
Abstract: As the aging population is growing more concerned with longevity and desire to live more healthy lifestyles, there has been an increased awareness and demand for healthy menu items that meet specific nutritional requirements that combat common ailments in the aging. This descriptive study seeks to discover how and to what extent a senior menu would be appealing to the senior citizens that eat out more than once a week in Canandaigua NY. This study will use a market study paper survey. Data will be analyzed in aggregate to identify the top five healthy menu items that seniors are most likely to order and how those foods ensure nutritional balance. This study may be valuable to meet the needs of the new trend of “healthy living” and also increase revenue for current and future restaurant owners in Canandaigua NY.
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Major: Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2012
Authors: Shonte Renee Ransom

Farm to School: Is It Cost Effective?

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 20:24
Abstract: While working within the confines of a school budget, small, rural, K-12 schools in upstate NY need to feed children healthy, nutritious meals everyday to help them learn and grow. The purpose of this study is to determine how and to what extent procuring fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms or local distributor is a cost effective approach for these schools. This quantitative designed study is being conducted by comparing costs associated with purchasing fresh produce from farms and local distributors. How does a farm to school cooperative differ from local distributors in terms of cost effectiveness in procuring produce for these schools? Data will be collected from farmers and school food service directors via interviews and questionnaires. Questionnaires will be emailed to select school food service directors and farmers, including telephone interviews. Data will be analyzed through a coding method which will help schools determine what farms and distributors can offer to them most cost effectively. Information gathered will help school food service directors responsible for the procurement of the produce to make informed decisions as to what means best fits their spending budget.
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Major: Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2012
File Attachments: Farm to School Capstone
Authors: Linda Snyder

Housekeeping Outsourcing

Mon, 08/13/2012 - 15:03
Abstract: Housekeeping is essential to an efficient and effective hotel’s operations. There is not one department in a hotel or lodging enterprise that can exist without housekeeping service. The housekeeping department is usually the largest in the hotel, and it also holds the highest percentage for turnover. Traditionally because the housekeeping department has the greatest staffing numbers and payroll costs, it usually is the first area scrutinized in terms of profit margins. There are different ways that a company can hire their staff and as a hotel manager you have the opportunity to hire hourly employees within the company, or to hire from an outside agency. The purpose of this study was to explore the financial aspects of outsourcing and whether or not it is financially more effective to hire hourly employees or to hire from an outside agency. The outcome of this study can be used by hospitality properties seeking to help cut costs and save on labor for one of their largest departments within the hotel.
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Major: Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2012
File Attachments: Housekeeping Outsourcing
Authors: Lauren Archambault

A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Allowing All-Terrain Vehicles on Vermont State Land

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 12:35
Abstract: Our capstone project is a cost-benefit analysis of allowing ATVs (All-Terrain Vehicles) on Vermont State land. This issue is controversial among Vermont outdoor enthusiasts. We wanted to know if the allowance of ATVs on Vermont state land is economically feasible. This study explored the current economic impacts and damages of ATV-related activities in Vermont, willingness to pay to use state land, and the possible economic benefits of allowing ATVs on state land compared to the trail construction and maintenance cost. We surveyed members of Vermont’s ATV community and conducted interviews of private and public landowners and private and public companies. Our results showed that on average most ATV users were willing to pay to use state land, the Vermont ATV community contributes to Vermont’s economy, and trail construction and maintenance is a legitimate factor when considering the construction of building sustainable trails on public land. Our study concluded that on a small scale, ATV trails on Vermont state land appears to be economically sustainable.
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Major: Natural Resources Management and Policy
Year: 2012
Authors: Cory Campbell, Kyle Wagner

Neo-homesteading in the Adirondack-North Country

Mon, 12/03/2012 - 16:15
Abstract: This study was an exploration of the values and behaviors of Adirondack-North Country neo-homesteaders and how such unique traits shape and influence community integrity and resilience. The use of the prefix neo is indicative of the new or emerging homesteading trend within recent decades as differentiated from similar cultural movements of the past. The purpose of the study was to synthesize the motivation behind the current cultural migration of populations toward a rural lifestyle; the cohesiveness of neo-homesteading communities in the Adirondack-North Country; the importance of ecological and regional socio-economic relationships; and how the flux of thoughts and behaviors promote the crafting of an alternative future. Analysis of the stated-values and observed behaviors of current homesteading populations in the Adirondack-North Country compared with those cited in primary literature sources provided insight into the back-to-the-land progression and regression from the mid-1800s to the 2000s. This research also compared and contrasted the diverse individual values that Adirondack neo-homesteaders display in regards to the current constructs of American society. Using grounded theory as a paradigmatic lens and ethnographic methodologies, the research process yielded organically developed emergent themes as influenced by economics, bioregionalism, place-based connections, religion, history, and the environment, which provided a multi-dimensional insight into homesteader choices and decision-making processes. Data was collected and interpreted using survey data as a means to provide a theoretical framework for more in-depth, subjective participant observation ethnographies. The data revealed that geographical place, community cohesion, and security with regard to family, food, and finances were the dominant drivers of the neo-homesteading movement in the Adirondack-North Country
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Major: Natural Resources Management and Policy
Year: 2012
Authors: William R. Martin, Michael J. Cerasaro

Managing White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) for Buck to Doe Ratio and Increased Body and Antler Size on a Private 340 acres in Arcade, NY

Wed, 04/25/2012 - 13:14
Abstract: Currently in Arcade, New York there is a 340 acre piece of property that is made up of 3 parcels of land with 3 different owners; all of whom would like to see the large deer population managed for different reasons. One property owner, who also leases the other two properties for hunting purposes, would like to see the deer managed for buck to doe ratio and body and antler size. While the other two property owners would like to see the deer population reduced because of damages caused to their woods and vegetable gardens. The first goal of this management plan is to reduce the deer population for the 340 acre property, with objectives of reducing the buck to doe ratio to 1:1 or 1:2 by harvesting more does and monitoring the deer population with a hunter based record system. The second goal of this plan is to provide hunters with better opportunities to harvest mature deer, with objectives of instituting a 120 inch antler restriction and providing deer with better nutrition by using a system of highly nutritional food plots. All measures of success or failure will be assessed using the hunter based record system that was created.
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Major: Natural Resources Management and Policy
Year: 2012
Authors: Mike Domagalski

A Healthier Lunch Line

Mon, 12/05/2011 - 19:57
Abstract: Unhealthy eating is an epidemic in America that is passing from generation to generation. It is becoming more crucial to find ways that can change eating habits at a young age due to the influx of marketing influences. This study will show whether educational marketing or aesthetic marketing is more effective on children’s food choices. The educational marketing will be implemented by interactive taste testing with the students, while the aesthetic marketing will be done by encouraging healthy eating with various wall illustrations and posters in the cafeteria. Both sets of data will be gathered before and after to be compared for effectiveness. Schools are currently struggling to find a way to encourage healthy eating with food that is appealing to a grade school student. If the presentation of food is part of a solution, then this study can help prove that simple changes to the cafeteria setting can reinforce children’s perception of health and help fight obesity and other health issues.
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Major: Culinary Arts and Service Management, Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2011
Authors: Amiee Derzanovich, Morgan Horwatt

Promoting Conservation of Biodiversity in the Adirondack Park Through Understanding and Engaging Stakeholders

Thu, 02/09/2012 - 11:31
Abstract: Anthropogenic disturbance of natural environments has led to the widespread loss of native biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems. It is increasingly recognized that addressing this “biodiversity crisis” entails understanding the societal drivers of unsustainable patterns of use. Conservation psychology is a new discipline that specifically focuses on understanding the linkages between human behavior and action and promoting a healthy and sustainable relationship between humans and nature. In this project, we employed principles of conservation psychology with the goal of improving the efficacy and efficiency of conservation of biodiversity in the Adirondack Park (AP). To meet this goal we employed three specific strategies. The first of these strategies was the use of surveys to assess the values, attitudes, and actions different stakeholders have in regards to conservation of biodiversity in the AP. These surveys were disseminated via both direct mailings and online, and included 30 questions. Our second strategy was to use discourse analysis to create a dictionary of terms and phrases employed in a positive, neutral, and negative light in regard to conservation of biodiversity. This entailed analysis of 30 emic accounts derived from opinion articles written by stakeholders in the AP, as well as analysis of a number of etic accounts drawn from online sources. Our third strategy was to use conservation psychology literature to assess ways in which the presentation of information and peer-dynamics influenced the responses of stakeholders towards conservation of biodiversity. Using the combination of these three strategies, we were able to provide a holistic understanding of how different stakeholders in the AP perceive and act towards biodiversity conservation; identify language that can be used to illicit a more positive response from these stakeholders; and identify specific tools based on principles of psychology that can encourage more active and effective engagement in conservation of biodiversity by different stakeholders. Our research findings will allow groups focusing on promoting conservation of biodiversity in the AP to be more effective and efficient in their work in the future.
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Major: Environmental Sciences, Fisheries and Wildlife Science, Forestry, Natural Resources Management and Policy, Recreations, Adventure Travel and Ecotourism
Year: 2011
Authors: Christopher Critelli, John Ghanime, Derek Johnson, Samantha Lambert, Justin Luyk, Matthew Parker, Robert Vite, Heather Mason, Jesse Warner, Ethan Lennox, Sarah Robbiano, David Mathis, David A. Patrick