Through WCCUSD’s Ivy League Connection program, Hercules High School Students Justine Betschart, Stacy Chan, Ramiah Davis-Shephard, Louisa Man, Julia Maniquiz, and Yueming Wang will be attending Cornell University to either study Freedom and Justice or Hotel Operations Management during the summer of 2009.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday 6.26

9:15 – 10:15 am Guest Lecture: “Design Matters!” by Stephanie Robson

10:15 am – 12:30 pm Office Hours/Research Study

12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm CHESS Individual Memo due!!!

1:30 – 3:30 pm Office Hours/Group Presentations

There could not have been a more appropriate ending to the first week of school.

The lecture delivered by Stephanie Robson included an insider's scoop on how various designs of a hotel affects the overall success. Although we had briefly touched bases on that with Professor Reneta, Miss Robson included specific examples of how companies use design to set itself apart from competitors. I particularly enjoyed learning more about the Indigo brand. Indigo incorporates its modern technologies to attract customers, providing each client with unique products. In addition to its special designs, Indigo uses this as a competitive advantage because furnitures come in various colors, shapes, and sizes which makes duplicating similar rooms more difficult.

The last part of the morning and all of the afternoon was dedicated to finishing up our individual CHESS memos and working on group presentations. My group will focus on deliverig a powerpoint presentation of Host Hotel and Resorts which is an REIT hotel company. All of the group presentations will be on Monday. I am relieved to have been assigned in a group where everyone is willing to contribute and practice.

And to do something that would set today apart from the other school days, the Hotelies and J&Fs went out to the Ithaca Mall to shop and watch Transformers. Since we had differet schedules, it was the first time we got together since the start of the program and it was entertaining to listen to everyone's new adventures.


  1. Yueming,

    Finally, you all got to be young adults once again even if it was just for the evening at the mall. Sometimes we need to step back and take a break.

    The more I'm reading about the Hotel Management classes the more interested I am in what they're telling you. It sounds fascinating.

    If you wanted to share your PP presentations with us, you have my email address and I'd love to see it.

  2. Glad that each of you had a moment to get away and take some time to exhale. Thanks for taking inside the day.

    You are now getting a dose of what exists ahead when you eventually go away to college.

    Hope that your Sunday is going well.

    Charles T. Ramsey, Esq.
    School Board Member
    West Contra Costa
    Unified School District