SPC at Bed Making's Super Bowl Event

September 14, 2018

Public Information Officer

AS 40 ST. PHILIP’S COLLEGE MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP CLASS STUDENTS PROVIDE NEUTRAL SUPPORT DURING THE INTENSE 2018 SAN ANTONIO HOTEL AND LODGING ASSOCIATION BED MAKING COMPETITION, ONE FACULTY MEMBER OBSERVES THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS COMPETITION EXPERIENCE AS A STUDENT BY LEADING HIS STUDENTS INTO THEIR INDUSTRY’S TOP NATIONAL HOUSEKEEPING WEEK EVENT

When the best of the best in bed making in some of the top hotels in the state's most touristed city get together for a friendly corporate competition, the only neutral participants will be judges and 40 St. Philip's College students providing neutral support for the 2018 San Antonio Hotel and Lodging Association Bed Making Competition Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. in the Alamo Stadium Convocation Center next to Alamo Stadium at 110 Tuleta Drive.

The competition may begin at 1 p.m., but the neutral support begins long before on the same day, with students preparing all the sheets with just the expected folds the way someone inflates the basketballs and footballs before a very important sporting contest.

A St. Philip’s College alumnus observes the tenth anniversary of his first bed making competition experience as a student in 2008 by leading 40 of his students into the 2018 experience as well.

David Uminski is an alumnus of the college and a current college faculty member who is also an alumni of the college's Bed Making Competition neutral support team. He leads 40 students from his Management and Leadership class and his Front Office Management class on the opportunity to meet future employers at the top of their corner-folding game. Think Super Bowl-ish drama with coaches, owners and fans on edge in a timed and confined hotel setting, and you are close to what the students who are assisting both the umpires and the players---and the owners of the empires---experience as they find out who is best.

"Our students will assist with this annual event again this year. My Management and Leadership class students help with the event setup and my Front Office Management students assist with resetting each station as the competitors finish," said Uminski, a former multiple-time Riverwalk Prince and top Tourism Ambassador credential holder in San Antonio. "This event happens during National Housekeeping Week, celebrating the hardest working group in the hotel. I love this event because the students get to see the pride these men and women take in their work, a position most people see as not-so-desirable work. I also like this event because students get to witness how the general managers and executive leadership of the participating hotels encourage and reward their team members for a job well done," Uminski said.

"Most hotels have internal competitions to determine who earns the opportunity to represent the hotel in the competition. Other members of the team come to cheer on their co-workers. The energy and excitement is incredible!  If you are able to come for a bit to witness it, I highly recommend it. This is my fourth year participating as a faculty member. My personal first year was 2008 when I was a student in the department, and it is a traditional excellent opportunity for our students," said Uminski.

For details on college participation in the 2018 San Antonio Hotel and Lodging Association Bed Making Competition, contact Uminski before he heads with his students for the event site at 210-486-2310, or email duminski@alamo.edu.

About the St. Philip’s College Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts department: The St. Philip’s College Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts department provides five primary programs along with one full-time faculty member and multiple adjunct faculty members to work directly with students in each area. All five programs involve students in classroom-based learning experiences, as well as lab experience, and work-based learning during a practicum course. The culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and restaurant management programs have been acknowledged with an Exemplary rating from the American Culinary Federation Foundation Accrediting Commission. St. Philip’s College is one of only 25 schools worldwide with the commission’s Exemplary status and is rated Exemplary by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The 110-year-old St. Philip’s College hospitality professions programs typically graduate 100 students annually, and expansion is expected this decade when the college opens its $30 million Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center of Excellence building funded as part of a $450 million bond package approved by voters in May 2017 to both construct new Alamo College District facilities and renovate existing college buildings. Students graduating from the management programs: Hotel Management, Hospitality Management, and Restaurant Management are eligible to receive Certified Hospitality Graduate (CHG) certifications from the Accrediting Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration™. Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts students are eligible for Certification by the American Culinary Federation. The CHG is an industry-recognized professional certification that has been granted to only three hospitality programs in the state of Texas and only one program in the college’s service area. For information on registration in the college’s program, contact the department staff at 210-486-2315 or book reservations with the staff of the college’s student-operated restaurant by calling 210-486-2328.