Dispatch from Brazil: By School of Business Director Aurora Dawn Reinke

Dispatch from Brazil: By School of Business Director Aurora Dawn Reinke

by Aurora Dawn Reinke, Director, School of Business at Kendall College In the past week, I have had the great privilege of speaking to groups of students at Universidade Potiguar (UnP) in Natal and Mossoró, Brasil.  I was invited by the staff of the UnP International Office (IO) to be part of their international calendar, in support of two of their four strategic pillar... read more

Kendall Welcomes New Director of Professional Education and Community Outreach Kim Shambrook

Kendall College, July 21st, 2014 | Category: Around Town, Faculty, Inside Kendall, Uncategorized | Permalink | Email this

I am delighted to welcome Kim Shambrook as the Director of Professional Education and Community Outreach for Kendall College.

In this role, Kim will lead Kendall’s planned expansion into the non-credit and personal enrichment sector and will lead the planning, development and promotion of the following programs:

  • HomeChefour recreational cooking series open to the public
  • Culinary Certificate – a more structured cooking series designed to enhance culinary technique and personal enrichment 
  • Professional and Continuing Education –programs and seminars for domestic and international students as well as  industry professional in
    • Business
    • Culinary Arts
    • Education
    • Hospitality

Kim is an accomplished entrepreneur with diverse professional experiences in for-profit and not-for-profit industries as well as a classically trained chef/culinary instructor. For the past 11 years, Kim served as President, Co-Founder and Executive Chef of Bespoke Cuisine, a full-service boutique catering and event company with a focus on recreational cooking classes.  She also recently served as Adjunct Faculty of Culinary and Hospitality for Robert Morris University.

In her previous corporate life, Kim served as the Vice President of Operations for Closerlook, Inc.  a Chicago-based communications and marketing firm specializing in strategy development, technology, and relationship management. She has deep expertise leading continuing education programming and operations, and worked for many years for such companies as the National Association of Realtors, the Women’s Council of Realtors, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Kim earned both her B.S. in Education and M.S. in Educational Psychology from the Eastern Illinois University.  She is also alum of Kendall College, where she earned her Certificate in Professional Cookery.

Members of our leadership team who met with Kim found her engaging and creative style to be a great fit for our institution. A visionary entrepreneur and leader, Kim has the unique ability to help us build this exciting emerging market and to capitalize on our number one rankings in both culinary arts and hospitality management.  With her leadership, these programs will expand rapidly, and her extensive networks will help create new professional relationships for Kendall College.

Please join me in welcoming Kim to Kendall College.

- Emily Williams Knight, President of Kendall College

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Catching up with hospitality alum Melissa Baca Parra

Kendall College, July 17th, 2014 | Category: Alumni | Permalink | Email this
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Melissa BacaMelissa Baca Parra, Hospitality Management alum in 2011, recently received Mr. Paul Van Deventer (President  & CEO of  Meeting Professionals International) for the 8th edition of the MPI Mexico Chapter Convention this month in Chihuahua, Mexico at the EXPO CHIHUAHUA Convention and Exhibition Center.  She is currently working in the convention center as an Event Coordinator. EXPO CHIHUAHUA Convention and Exhibition Center is one of the top 10 convention centers in Mexico according to ¨MDC, The Meeting Planner’s Magazine.¨

We caught up with Melissa to check in with her on her impressive career progress!

KC – Can you tell us about what it is you did at this event?

MBP – As the venue hosting the 8th edition of the MPI Mexico Chapter Convention, I am responsible for the overall coordination of the event within the convention center and the liaison between the organizing committee and event professionals in Chihuahua.

KC – Can you tell us about your job?

MBP – Being a Sales Executive at Expo Chihuahua involves more than selling venue space to potential customers. It also requires positioning Expo Chihuahua Convention & Exhibition Center as the best venue for local, national and international meetings and conventions through the ICCA (International Congress & Convention Association) database. From building a community of event professionals in Chihuahua, public relations, promoting the destination, and organizing events this is definitely a very dynamic job position with high-stress levels.

KC – What do you like most about your job?

MBP – The greatest satisfaction about my job is knowing that by bringing and bidding for national and international meetings, I am helping my state increase the economic impact that a convention generates on the destination. I love that I never get bored and the relationships I build along the way.

KC - How did Kendall prepare you for what you are doing now and what you would like to do in the future?

MBP – Kendall College prepared me by providing opportunities to improve my networking and public relations skills, acquiring a greater scope of what the industry is and become up to date with what top meeting professionals around the world are doing and looking for in venues, events and destinations. I also love that it is located in one of the top cities for Conventions and Exhibitions which gave me the opportunity to witness many great and different types of events.

From the Kitchens at Kendall College: Grilled Shrimp Tacos

Kendall College, July 16th, 2014 | Category: Featured, Inside Kendall | Permalink | Email this
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Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Lime-Smashed Avocado & Jicama-Pineapple Salsa

Yield: 8 tacos

These lively tacos meld flavors of the Caribbean and South Seas for a fresh summer interpretation of seafood tacos. With the addition of shaved coconut, this taco is reminiscent of coconut shrimp. Courtesy of the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts.

Ingredients

2    ripe Hass avocados, skin and pit removedshrimp taco recipe
¼ t.    salt
2 T.    lime juice
Habanero salsa (store bought) to taste
16     16-20 ct. (large) shrimp, peeled and deveined
¾ t.    chile powder
2 T.     vegetable oil
½ c.    shaved coconut* (optional)
Jicama-Pineapple Salsa (recipe follows)
8    6” corn or flour tortillas

Directions

1.    In a bowl, lightly smash the avocado. (The avocado should be chunky.) Mix with salt, lime juice and habanero salsa to taste. Set aside.
2.    Season the shrimp with chile powder and rub with oil. Using an outdoor grill or a grill pan over a kitchen stove, char the shrimp over high heat just until cooked through.
3.    If using a gas stove, heat the tortillas over a burner over low flame until hot and charred, flipping once to char both sides. (You may also use an outdoor grill.) If using an electric stove, heat the tortillas in a dry (not nonstick) frying pan or griddle, flipping once.
4.    Coat the center of each tortilla with some smashed avocado. For each taco, place 4 shrimp atop the avocado, then top with jicama-pineapple salsa, then coconut (if desired). Fold the tortillas and serve.

*To shave coconut, break a fresh coconut in half using a hammer. Discard the liquid in the center of the coconut. Pry pieces of the coconut flesh from the shell using a butter knife, and peel these chunks with a vegetable peeler.

Jicama-Pineapple Salsa

2     green onions, white and green parts, chopped
¾ c.    finely diced peeled jicama
1 c.    finely diced fresh pineapple
¼ c.    chopped cilantro leaves
Salt to taste (about 2 pinches)

Directions

Combine all ingredients, cover and refrigerate until needed. (This salsa can be made up to a day in advance.) Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Recipe developed by Christopher Koetke, CEC, CCE, HAAC, vice president, Kendall College School of Culinary Arts and Laureate Universities International Center of Excellence in Culinary Arts.

 

“Hey Cupcake” coming to Kendall! Q&A with baking phenom Chloe Stirling

Kendall College, June 30th, 2014 | Category: Around Town, Featured, Inside Kendall | Permalink | Email this
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chloe stirlingEarlier this month, with the signing of the tastiest bill in the State, Governor Patt Quinn said let them eat cake! Chloe Stirling, aka the cupcake girl of “Hey Cupcake”, is a 12 year old baking sensation. Her passion for baking started before she was 10 and now has blossomed into a budding career as the go-to cupcake (young) expert in Illinois, which has included an appearance on the Rachael Ray Show!

We’re thrilled to announce that Chloe will spend a week with us here at Kendall College during an upcoming Kendall Summer Camp. As a student in the baking course, she will be able to continue to hone her skills and maybe learn a few new ones as well!

KC: Tell us about how happy you were when the state passed the bill to keep you in the baking business.

CS: I was really happy that the state passed the bill, because it won’t just help me get back in business, but it will also help hundreds of other home bakers and cooks get back to baking.  It was never just about a cupcake.  It was bigger than that.

KC: At what age did you first start baking and how did “Hey Cupcake” take off? 

CS: I started baking when I was nine and a half.  My great aunt took me to a cake decorating class at Michaels and I really loved it!  I came home and just started trying to make new things.  I would take cupcakes to family and friend things, and before long, people were asking me to make things for their kids’ birthday.  I kind of found myself in business.  And I loved it.

KC: You’ve appeared on many exciting TV shows lately, including Rachael Ray. What has this experience been like for you? 

CS: I never could have imagined that I would get this far in this amount of time. When this all started, all I wanted was to be able to bake again.  We actually CHANGED THE LAW!!  Now I get to bake again, but the awesome things that have happened since this all started are unbelievable.  Rachael Ray was so amazing, and meeting Buddy the Cake Boss was my dream come true!  I testified to the state house, the senate, sat down with dozens of legislatures, had probably a hundred interviews, got to go to NYC twice! The Governor actually came to my house to sign my bill into law and now I get to come to Kendall.  I am so excited about that!!!!  I really can’t wait!!!

KC: What do you hope to learn during the Kendall Camps baking course?

CS: I would love to learn how to use sugars and fondant and modeling chocolates.  I always want to learn new techniques to make my stuff look cool.

KC: What do you want to be when you grow up? 

CS: I want to be a baker that can also do special baked stuff for animals.  I really love two things: baking and animals.  I want to do both.

 

From the Desk of the Director: Aurora Reinke

Kendall College, June 18th, 2014 | Category: Faculty | Permalink | Email this
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Curriculum

In each issue we showcase business courses and academic outcomes through student work, assessment results, assignment and classroom examples, company and instructor profiles, and more. F.O.G. Cosmetics, is a new line of color cosmetics for all skin types and colors. The owner, Tondalah Day Stroud, is a native of Chicago, a former runway and fashion model, and a licensed Aesthetician. The BUS 280, Business Case Development, class is very excited about having this firm work with our students and allow them real experience in the business world of cosmetics. As part of a class project, our students are able to work on marketing, packaging, international shipping, as well as actually making some of the cosmetic products. Mrs. Stroud has been an open book for our class and has even allowed the students access to her financial records to understand the daily cost to run a business.

Connections

We’d like to introduce you to people we appreciate or admire – students, Kendall faculty and staff, employers, alumni, and others who make a difference to us. Even though Rob Watson was featured in a past issue, we are proud that he recently won the Kendall College Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. Here’s what our students had to say to demonstrate how Rob captures the essence of the Kendall spirit:

• With Rob’s teaching style his lessons are directly related to real life situations. I was able to learn new material at a fast pace and without even realizing it I was applying his lessons at my job.

• He creates a healthy learning environment and every class will mentally keep you on your toes.

• He is a brilliant, creative, and entertaining professor.

• Rob is brimming with confidence, displays an almost inhuman level of patience, and possesses a heart of gold.

Careers

Whether the goal is to start a company, break into a new industry, advance in a career, or change the world, we want to help students turn passion into rewarding profession. I recently received emails asking if students are interested in social media marketing jobs. Clearly, there has been growth in activity related to social media; however, when I poll students, I find they have very little familiarity with it as a professional tool. If you have not already, you should start using LinkedIn and Twitter right away to build a professional habit and reputation.