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Dining Manager Gets a Taste of the Ivy league

Dining Manager Gets a Taste of the Ivy league

Alyssa Wright is First to Receive the Lenoir Woods Scholarship

Alyssa Wright, Manager of Dining Services, has worked to provide quality, healthy meals for Lenoir residents for 12 years. She wanted even better skills and knowledge, so she applied for a new scholarship called the Lenoir Woods Scholarship and was thrilled to receive its assistance.

Alyssa recently completed a three-month online program and earned a Food and Beverage Management certificate from the prestigious School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. Courses were carefully designed by Cornell’s Ivy League faculty on topics such as optimizing food and beverage menus, building guest loyalty, managing food and beverage supply chains, and understanding income statements.

“We are proud of Alyssa! She has learned exciting new ways to better serve Lenoir residents,” said Jason Martin, Director of Dining Services at Lenoir Woods.

The Lenoir Woods Scholarship was established through the generosity of Maplewood residents Charlie and Bettie Koelling. The scholarship will assist staff except senior leadership in their work-related education or training. Employees in any department from housekeeping to nursing, with tenures of six months or more, are eligible.

Charlie and Bettie certainly value education having spent most of their careers at Mizzou. Charlie was Associate Dean at the College of Education and Bettie was an Administrative Assistant at the Journalism School.

By starting the Lenoir Woods Scholarship and giving it a general name, the Koelling’s hope other residents will join in to help build the fund.

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