Elizabeth Carson ’10
Hospitality Management and International Studies
Rockingham County, N.H.
As general manager for the University’s holiday skating party this past December, Elizabeth Carson and other hospitality management students worked with the Office of Presidential Events and Programs (PEP) to pull off a major University event. To do so Carson managed the budget, several teams, and kept everyone on a tight timeline. Furthermore, for this event, all of these students had academic credit on the line.
Carson has all the qualities of a good manager. She’s relaxed, on task, and organized. “From the beginning of the semester, I met with my team liaisons every other week,” says Carson. “They reported back to their teams, and I reported to PEP.”
In the last couple of years, Carson has taken advantage of opportunities within her major and on the campus at large. She has worked on the Gourmet Dinner, a gala event put on annually by hospitality management students. And she was cochair of UNH’s cancer-fighting Relay for Life in 2007–2008. That event enlisted more than 100 teams, raising more than $100,000, exceeding their goals.
As a dual major in international studies, Carson returned last summer to her native Taiwan to study Chinese at National Chengchi University. “This trip to Taiwan was one of my favorite experiences in my life,” says Carson. “When I was seven, I was adopted from an orphanage in Taiwan, and now I’m working to regain fluency in Chinese.”
Ideally, after graduating Carson would like to work for a company—be it a hotel, casino, or restaurant—that has a partnership in Taiwan. She also plans to support the orphanage in Taiwan.
“What I’ve liked about UNH? Socially, I’ve enjoyed making friends from all over the world, here, in Durham. Academically, I’ve liked the hands-on experience. The business program and the hospitality program especially are so competitive,” says Carson. “The professors are really passionate about teaching. Like Udo Schlentrich—that guy is amazing—he’s funny, he’s always there, and the door is open.”