2015 SPM newsletter highlights program's 10th anniversary
Check out the 2015 edition of the Sport Management newsletter, which highlights the program's 10th anniversary as well as brings you all of the news from the 2014-15 academic year. We feature the Class of 2015, the Sport Venue and Event Management master's program, SPM experiential trips to Los Angeles, Lake Placid and Europe, the SPM Club's Charity Auction, guest speakers, as well as plans for new academic programs, staff additions, faculty news, student happenings, events and alumni profiles.
SPM student gains industry experience with SU Athletics
Sport Management sophomore Sarah Gardner works in public relations for Syracuse University Athletics. After events at the Carrier Dome are finished, Gardner assists with the press conferences, taking quotes for cuse.com and aiding reporters, sitting alongside the players and coaches.
SPM sophomore readjusts to campus life after 2 years with Republic of Korea Army
Chang Hwan Oh, a sophomore Sport Management major, left SU for two years to serve in the Republic of Korea Army. He’s back to campus this semester.
SPM students Hannah Visnosky and Julie Bengis named 2015-16 Remembrance Scholars
Syracuse University’s Remembrance Scholar Committee has chosen the 35 students who will be the 2015-16 Remembrance Scholars. The scholarships were founded as a tribute to—and means of remembering—the 35 students who were killed in the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
SPM students embark on European Olympic Odyssey
Students in the Department of Sport Management, led by instructor Pat Ryan, are traveling across Europe this May as part of the SPM Olympic Odyssey trip. Transforming the traditional classroom across geographies, time zones and cultures, this hands-on European exploration of the Olympic movement investigates the history of the ancient and modern Olympic Games and their influence on modern sport through in-depth study of Olympics sites. The group will visit London, Paris, Lausanne, Olympia and Athens.
Meet Max Levitt, SPM ‘11, executive director of Leveling the Playing Field
Three years ago, Sport Management graduate Max Levitt ’11 founded a nonprofit called Leveling the Playing Field, whose mission is to improve the opportunity for low-income families to get involved in youth sports through the donation of used/excess sporting equipment.
Falk College graduate students lay groundwork for bringing adaptive sport competition to Central New York
Seventeen sport management graduate students in Dr. Gina Pauline’s advanced sport event management course have spent the spring semester, in collaboration with the Syracuse Sports Corporation, laying the foundation to not only produce the 2nd Annual Syracuse Sport Summit taking place April 30 but also to explore the possibility of bringing a multi-sport statewide competition for athletes with physical disabilities—including wounded military veterans—to Syracuse. On April 30th, the students will showcase their efforts and dedication to adaptive sports.
"Sport and the Pursuit of Healthiness" Multimedia Symposium April 24
On Friday, April 24, Falk College and its Department of Sport Management hosted "Sport and the Pursuit of Healthiness," a multimedia symposium on how public health concerns are affecting sports participation and what is being done to make sports safer. The event, which was free and open to the public, began at 4:00 p.m. in Grant Auditorium. During the symposium, results from a survey of students and parents from 20 states and three foreign countries asking how they decide which sports to play (or not to play) were released.
SPM students, faculty participate in 2015 Society of American Baseball Research Analytics Conference
Three sport management majors and Professor Rodney Paul attended the conference, with an additional sport management major contributing to research. The group was joined by a sport management minor and a graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences. Gregory Ackerman, representing the Class of 2015, along with Colby Conetta and Joey Weinberg, members of the Class of 2017, attended the conference and took part in the Diamond Dollars Case Competition. The two other members of their team were Justin Mattingly, a sophomore newspaper and journalism and political science major and sport management minor, and Raymond Garzia, a graduate student studying mathematics.
SPM Students on Los Angeles Immersion Trip
Our 20 sport management majors and minors who spent their spring break in Los Angeles for a week-long immersion trip invite you to read their blog. Students kept followers up-to-date on the various meetings, games, sites and attractions they experienced throughout the course of the immersion experience. It was a busy, exciting and educational week exploring the sports industry on the west coast. Students met with executives and SU sport management alums from AEG, UCLA, USC, Santa Anita Racetrack, NASCAR, FOX Sports, LA Dodgers, Lakers, Mandalay, The Stub Hub Center and so much more.
David Falk named to Class of 2015 Pioneers & Innovators in Sports Business
David B. Falk, Syracuse University trustee, alumnus and benefactor, was named to the Class of 2015 SportsBusiness Journal Champions: Pioneers & Innovators in Sport Business. A February 23 feature in SportsBusiness Journal details his many career highlights and notable contributions to the sports industry and beyond.
SPM Student Researchers Investigate Volunteer Satisfaction at 2015 Special Olympics NYS Winter Games
At the 2015 Special Olympics New York State Winter Games held in Syracuse, 22 students enrolled in Sport Management Professor Mary Graham's required SPM 295 research methodology course surveyed event volunteers. For the second year, in collaboration with Stacy Eder, Director of Volunteer Management at Special Olympics New York State, Professor Graham's class polled volunteers during the opening and closing ceremonies and at select athletic events.
NFL Network showcases SPM 199—Super Bowl and Society
SPM 199 offers a semester-long exploration of the evolution and strategic brilliance that has transformed a football game into a social phenomenon with international audiences, business impact, and cultural implications. On Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1), the NFL Network highlighted the course during its pregame show. The course is taught by Dennis Deninger, sport management professor of practice whose experience includes three Emmy Awards as a producer working at ESPN for 25+ years. Dennis Deninger was also quoted by the International Business Times about TV record ratings for this year's Super Bowl.
Sport Management Club Raises $59,185 During Tenth Annual Charity Sports Auction
The Sport Management (SPM) Club at Syracuse University has raised $59,185 for Make-A-Wish® of Central New York at its 10th Annual Charity Sports Auction. During the SU men's basketball game on December 6, Make-A-Wish® supporters placed bids on hundreds of items, including sports memorabilia, electronics and tickets to major sporting events. Following the silent auction, the club also hosted an online auction, in collaboration with Steiner Sports Memorabilia, which showcased a number of premium items up for bid. All proceeds from these efforts benefited Make-A-Wish®. The SPM Club is a student-run organization in the Falk College’s Sport Management Department at Syracuse University. Since its founding in 2005, the Club has raised over a quarter of a million dollars for local charities. Previous beneficiaries of the Club's annual charity auction have included the Boys & Girls Clubs, American Diabetes Association, Golisano Children’s Hospital at Upstate, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY, the Central New York SPCA, the Upstate Cancer Center, Special Olympics New York and Food Bank of CNY.
SPM Professor and Student Co-Author Athletic Business Story on Sports Law
Sport Management professor Dr. John Wolohan and Sport Management senior Scott Kevy ’15 co-authored an article for the Athletic Business magazine’s January/February 2015 edition on the Kent State University case involving the shifting of a defensive coordinator on the football team to a non-coaching position.
Scott Kevy ’15 receives Michigan Sports Business Conference’s BIG Initiative Award for outstanding achievement, promise in sport management
It was the first Tuesday of his freshman year when Scott Kevy ‘15 admitted something to himself after leaving the Sport Management (SPM) Club kick-off meeting. "I knew I was here to stay," he says of his decision to major in sport management in Syracuse University’s Falk College. Since that time, Kevy has held a series of leadership positions in the SPM Club, compiled an excellent academic record that includes a minor in information management and technology in the iSchool, and mastered several professional internships, including positions at Turner Sports in New York City, Monumental Sports and Entertainment in Washington, DC, and Syracuse University Athletics.
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