Purses add to Christmas cheer when tree lighting


GCU student Kylie Amber Buere displays the certificate of her David R. Landau Hospitality Scholarship, awarded during the Christmas tree lighting on Tuesday night at Canyon 49 Grill.

Rick Vacek story
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It wasn’t exactly a big surprise when Kylie amber buere got emotional on Tuesday night.

She cried when she learned that she had won a David R. Landau Hospitality Scholarship along with two other students from Grand Canyon University, Victoria Hang and Jeremiah Breeden.

Dr Jennifer Elfenbein, Hotel Management Chair at Colangelo College of Business, announces that Buere was one of the scholarship recipients.

It matches the tears she shed while writing the essay that won her the $ 1,000 prize.

And he certainly followed up with what she said Dr Jennifer Elfenbein, Chair of Hotel Management at Colangelo College of Business, on the first day of the course:

“I’m Kylie, and I’m told I’m a little loud.”

Now that she has gotten to know him, Elfenbein affectionately calls him “The Firecracker”.

Next spring, “The Firecracker” will join Hang and Breeden in planning a dinner for the hospitality students next spring. Elfenbein has no doubts that they will do a wonderful job.

“I think it’s great because each of them has different talents and skills, so I think they’re going to work really well together,” she said.

The scholarship announcement was part of GCU’s fourth annual Christmas tree lighting at Canyon 49 Grill (see slideshow here). Families decorated cookies, kids young and old visited Santa, and the marshmallow hot chocolate was a treat even though the winter chill didn’t take over the bones as deeply as it once did.

Landau was a beloved CCOB instructor who helped launch the hospitality program before he passed away in 2019. Only two scholarships were supposed to be awarded, but the judges were so torn they decided to make it a trio .

Buere, who could have lit the Christmas tree on her own with her contagious attitude, is from Kahului on the Hawaiian island of Maui, famous for its hospitality. She’ll fit into this perfectly, assuming she is pursuing her career path.

A young child is confused about what to do with Santa during the festivities.

“I want to go back and teach and influence people about the hospitality industry,” she said. “It’s a good career, especially at home. There are a lot of jobs, and that gives you experience, growth and a lot of knowledge.

Her parents, who both work in the industry, showed her how to do it, which is why she was so emotional about her essay.

“I was really moved to come from an immigrant family – oh boy, I’m going to start crying,” she said, fighting back tears.

She is grateful to her parents, who left the Philippines for Hawaii and gave her the opportunity to continue her education.

She is grateful to her professors at the University of Hawaii Maui College, where she obtained an associate degree.

She will never forget how a high school teacher provided her with opportunities for observation work, trips to nearby islands, and work in resorts.

A GCU student shows off her decorated Christmas cookie.

She did everything from the cashier to the kitchen to preparing and preparing food on the plates. But what moved her more than anything was how the industry strengthened itself during the pandemic by handing out free plates of food.

“It showed me so much passion,” she said.

The other two fellows also have great stories.

Hang, a junior at GCU, came from Vietnam to the United States and lived with families in Colorado and Michigan before a Discover GCU trip introduced her to the glories of the Western Phoenix campus.

Breeden, a senior, recently won a $ 7,500 Doug Yonko scholarship from the Arizona Hotel Foundation.

“They were all excellent,” Elfenbein said of their tries. “The selection committee listed their top three, and they all had the same three. “

Contact Rick Vacek at (602) 639-8203 or [email protected].

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