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Volume 71, Issue 6, Monday, August 29, 2005


Spec's honors UH wine professor

Abbott will use award to further research law in hospitality

By Rachael Seely
Senior Staff Writer

Spec's Charitable Foundation Professorship -- a professorship for professors in UH's Wine & Spirits Management Institute, endowed by the Rydman Family, owners of Spec's Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods -- recently named its first Charitable Foundation Professor. 

"Their investment has grown by leaps and bounds to over a quarter of a million dollars. They were instrumental in setting up The Wine & Spirits Management Institute both in encouragement and funds," said Glenn Cordua y Cruz, director of the UH Wine and Spirits Management Institute, a program that exists to supplement the curriculum of the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management.

The Rydman family is founding partner of the Institute and has been working closely with the College of Hotel and Restaurant Management since the institute was created in 2001.

Jenna L. Abbott, associate dean of the College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, is the first to receive the professorship, an honor that will allow her to further pursue her research into business law and ethics in the hospitality industry. 

"A great deal of what we expect from this position is that (Abbott) will expand her area of interest in the area of responsible service and sales of alcoholic beverages," Cordua y Cruz said. 

Abbott currently teaches two classes on the responsible sale and service of alcoholic beverages in commercial establishments.

The Wine & Spirits Management Institute is a collaborative effort among the College of Hotel and Restaurant Management and members of the beverage industry to train and educate students for positions in commercial beverage management. 

Classes include Bar and Beverage Management, Wine and Spirits Category Management and Sensory Evaluation of Alcohol Beverages.

Other institute partners include DIAGEO, Glazer's Family of Companies, Ernest & Julio Gallo Winery, Beringer Blass Wine Estates, Brown-Forman, Futurebrands, Robert Mondavi and Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine North America.

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