Saint Louis University

The School for Professional Studies at Saint Louis University will host the second annual Hospitality SLUnited, a networking event for hospitality professionals, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at Il Monastero. Food and beverage samples from area restaurants will be available. This event is free to attend. Donations will support scholarships in the hospitality management program.

With more than 10 industry partners, Hospitality SLUnited provides students and professionals a forum for open discussion, with both formal and informal networking opportunities. Last year's guests represent companies including Four Seasons, Russo's Catering, Lumiere Place, Maritz Travel, Expedia and Levy Restaurants. Attendees reported making an average of five to six new industry contacts.

For more information or to register for the event, visit the event web page or email Katherine Devany at

Event partners in attendance will include the Event Planners Association, Hospitality Sale and Marketing Association International, International Medical Meeting Professional Association, St. Louis Convention and Visitor's Commission, Meeting Professionals International and St. Louis Area Hotel Association.

SLU offers a 21-credit hour hospitality management program as a stand-alone certificate or minor. Available completely online, this innovative program is formatted for working adults. Courses in the program expose students to industry-specific topics, including sales and marketing, tourism, event planning and service management. Graduates are prepared for leadership roles in hotel, gaming, event and food service management.

All classes in the School for Professional Studies are offered in accelerated eight-week sessions and are designed for busy adults with affordable tuition rates as well as convenient, online classes. SLU for Busy Adults gives working professionals the opportunity to earn their degree with flexible online and evening courses. In Saint Louis University's tradition of excellence, the School for Professional Studies caters to nontraditional students so they can pursue bachelor's and master's programs from globally-recognized SLU.