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Alumni Story: Meng-Wei Hsu

Senior Operations Manager at Cornell University Ithaca, New York, USA

Amazing – one of the expressions I use over and over again!

I enjoy being around the best scholars from all over the world, and having the honor of providing their everyday dining needs, while studying hard at Cornell. For me to be successful in my job I need interpersonal skills every day.

I oversee all 14 retail casual dining operations, as well as all the Coffee Shops, which includes six Starbucks Coffee operations at Cornell University.

There are about 500 management and employees under my organization, and I am responsible for all aspects of the operations; including university relations, budgeting and financial management, new concept development, marketing, Human Resources, as well as training and development of management and chefs. We serve about 15,000 customer on a daily basis, providing Cornell students from all over the world a top-of-the-word study and dining experience. We are a huge part of their academic journey, and we have been ranked top 3 collegiate dining operations in America in the last 10 years.

 

My definition of SSTH:

Best memories of my academic journey, which also provided a great foundation for my career.

I also truly enjoyed the beauty of the Swiss Alps and the rich historical architectures of Chur. The current SSTH students should be open-minded and take it all in, while studying and working hard at SSTH. These are the wonderful and solid foundations to build their career.

 

Cornell proudly supports healthy and sustainable food efforts by offering student-grown organic foods for the community to enjoy, supporting regional farms, and reducing food waste on campus.

Our dining facilities aim to lessen the environmental footprint related to day-to-day dining operations through the use of reusable mugs, compostable food packaging, tray-less dining and other earth-friendly options whenever possible. Cornell Dining demonstrates a commitment to sustainability through programs such as the Local Food Growers Initiative, enabling the University to purchase fresh produce from local sources. To further promote sustainable food in our community Cornell Dining also organizes events with local farmers and chefs to build partnerships that support healthy and sustainable food habits, such as our annual Farm-to-You Fall Harvest Dinner.