Falk sport analytics majors place first at NYU’s SABR Diamond Dollars Case Competition

Sport analytics students posed
Sport analytics majors Luke Scheetz ’21, CB Garrett ’19, Zak Koeppel ’21, Justin Perline ’19, and Trevor Olofson ’21 (from left) teamed to win the 2017 SABR Diamond Dollars Case Competition at NYU.

A team representing the Syracuse University Sport Management Baseball Statistics and Sabermetrics Club won the SABR Diamond Dollars Case Competition at NYU earlier this month. Sport analytics majors Justin Perline ’19, CB Garrett ’19, Luke Scheetz ’21, Trevor Olofson ’21, and Zak Koeppel ’21 won the competition against other universities such as Villanova, NYU and Fordham.

The teams were tasked with creating a model to determine a player’s BABIP (Batting Average on Balls In Play), both for hitters, as well as the BABIP that pitchers allow. They were then asked to use this to determine the players who are going to see the biggest increases and decreases in their BABIP next season.

The teams were given five days to collect data, create a model, and prepare a 30-minute presentation on the topic to be given in New York City on Nov. 17. Judges for the competition included Ben Jedlovec (Baseball Info Solutions), Chris Pang (New York Mets), Tom Tippett (consultant, formerly of the Boston Red Sox), and Cameron Barwick (MLB).

“I’m very proud of the students who competed in the Diamond Dollars Case Competition,” said sport analytics professor, Dr. Rodney Paul. “The new Analytics program has accumulated very talented students and I look forward to their continued interaction with each other, their progress through the curriculum, and their present and future successes in the field. Our students are a genuine pleasure to teach and I look forward to future classes following in their footsteps.”

This is the fourth year that SU has competed in this event. Also competing for SU this year were sport analytics majors Evan Weiss ’19, Kyle Liotta, ’20, and Colby Olson ’21, as well as sport management major Mike Cavalier ’19 and sport analytics minor Chris Karasinski ’19.

The Baseball Statistics and Sabermetrics Club meets every Wednesday at 6pm in Falk Room 104.

SPM senior honored as Valedictorian of Michigan Sport Business Conference

Chris HendersonSport Management senior Chris Henderson ’18 was named Valedictorian of the “Big Initiative” for the 2017 Michigan Sport Business Conference (MSBC) at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

The event was held Oct. 6 and featured guest speakers and industry professionals such as David Levy (president, Turner), Arn Tellem (vice chairman, Palace Sports & Entertainment), Abraham Madkour (executive editor, Sports Business Journal), and Laura Froelich (global head of sports partnerships, Twitter). A select group of students each year are selected for the “Big Initiative” and to receive extra networking time with the guest speakers.

The Big Initiative Award, presented by the MSBC, is described as “the nation’s premier award that recognizes outstanding undergraduate student leaders who have achieved an exceptional level of success in the sport business industry. Those receiving the honor are selected on the basis of demonstrated entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation and leadership.”

At the conference, Henderson gave a speech detailing his experiences and how having the opportunity to meet leaders in sport, as well as dedicated sport management students from all around the country, will help continue to grow his career.

“Being a part of the Big Initiative class was very special,” Henderson said. “Having the chance to meet the other award winners gave me insight to what others are doing to succeed in the industry. Getting to know past winners and learn what their experience has been like since graduating college, was extremely valuable. Hearing what they like most about their jobs and what they wish they did differently will allow me to make more informed decisions as I go forward.”

As Valedictorian, Henderson attended a lecture by Michigan head basketball coach John Beilein, and met past Big Initiative winners.

“Hearing from leaders such as David Levy and Arn Tellem allowed me to learn where the leaders of the industry think the biggest changes will occur over the next few years and allowed me to think about how I will make an impact,” he said.

Inaugural sport management event encourages professional growth, networking October 13

WISE Event
Sport management students networking with industry professionals during a networking event hosted by Women in Sports and Events at SU last spring. Connecting students with industry practitioners and leaders in sports is a hallmark of Falk College’s Department of Sport Management.
When Falk College’s Department of Sport Management considered what companies to invite to campus to network with current students this semester, it knew exactly where to start. “I knew there were no better people to invite than our sport management alumni who are working for the companies our current students hope to work for some day,” says Nicole Imbrogno, sport management internship coordinator who is organizing the inaugural event.

As part of its ongoing commitment to enhancing students’ professional growth and networking opportunities, the Department of Sport Management presents SPM 205: 2.0 on October 13 starting at 1:00 p.m. in Grant Auditorium. To date, 40 alumni and more than 120 students are registered to attend the event. The program will include a welcome from director and chair, Michael Veley, the Rhonda S. Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management, panel discussions focusing on the sport industry, business analytics, and the importance of practical experience, and a networking session. The day is also an opportunity for connecting/reconnecting with classmates, faculty, and staff. As part of the event, the Department will promote and highlight the companies alumni are working for, and is inviting all alumni to bring current internship, capstone, or other opportunities to market to current students. The event will conclude with an alumni tailgate in the Falk College Courtyard before the Orange host Clemson in the Dome.

“Sport management in Falk College prides itself on being a family, and it’s evident through the faculty and staff, especially those that have been involved with the program since the beginning, who stay in touch with so many of the 550+ SPM alumni now infiltrating the sport industry. It’s even more evident when our alumni are so excited to give back and help current students jump start their own careers!” For more information or to RSVP, contact Nicole Imbrogno, nfimbrog@syr.edu.

SPM 324 students cook up winning ideas for Papa John’s

students at Papa John's corporate offices
Students Brian Robinson ’17, Zach Thebner ’17, Jack Van Ermen ’17, Matt Van Loon ’17, Nicole Wergiles ’17, and Sydney Wysoczanski ’17
When class began in January 2017, students in Sport Management professor Rick Burton’s SPM 324 Sport Sponsorship and Promotion class likely had no idea what was in store for them as the semester unfolded.

“When I was assigned to teach SPM 324, I began to imagine teaching the class in a very unique way,” Burton said. “My plan was to involve a major corporation that would invest in our students in a novel fashion that could both inspire and motivate excellence.”

Burton used his industry connections to secure Papa John’s Pizza and have the global organization provide an assignment to the class that would result in the winning “agency” getting flown to a location of Papa John’s choosing at the conclusion of the semester to present their research and conceptual designs.

Students Brian Robinson ’17, Zach Thebner ’17, Jack Van Ermen ’17, Matt Van Loon ’17, Nicole Wergiles ’17, and Sydney Wysoczanski ’17 were on that winning team, and were flown to Colorado Springs May 19-21 to attend Papa John’s Global Operations Conference (OPCON).

“Spending the weekend in Colorado with Professor Burton and my five teammates was a rewarding experience for the hard work we put in throughout the semester,” Robinson said. “It was a surreal experience to present to a room full of international marketers and definitely an invaluable experience that I will take with me throughout my career.”

During the semester, the class was broken up into six groups, each thinking of themselves as a sports marketing agency that would ultimately bid on a series of projects. The agencies learned about sponsorship and promotion and how to research an assignment and then present strategic platforms buttressed by their tactical creativity.

On April 25, 2017 on campus, the groups were each given 30 minutes to present their research to two Papa John’s executives on how the company could utilize eSports in sponsorship and promotion in 12 key countries important to Papa John’s. Papa John’s vice president of international marketing, Melissa Richards-Person (a Syracuse University alum), then selected the winning group.

“I believe this activity inside the Sport Management Department is a wonderful example of our commitment to giving our students the best possible theoretical and applied access to the major challenges facing the sports industry today,” Burton said. “Collectively, these students had a unique experience this semester. For them to be able to attend the international conference in Colorado was what makes our program so very special.”

SPM associate professor Gina Pauline honored by Vera House

Gina Pauline holding the Award
Gina Pauline, sport management associate professor and undergraduate director, received a Vera House Special Appreciation Award on June 13, 2017.
On June 13, 2017, during a luncheon at the Doubletree by Hilton in East Syracuse, Vera House presented a Special Appreciation Award to Dr. Gina Pauline, sport management associate professor and undergraduate director.

Vera House acknowledged Pauline’s leadership in the creation of the Sport Venue and Event Management Charity Golf Classic. The inaugural tournament, which was held in 2016, benefited Vera House and resulted in a $15,000 donation. The 2017 tournament was held on May 8 at Drumlins Country Club and resulted in a $14,000 donation. Also, Syracuse University special assistant to the Chancellor Barry L. Wells was honored.

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Congratulations Falk faculty!

Ellen deLara and Mary Ann Middlemiss
Professors Ellen deLara and Mary Ann Middlemiss at Falk Convocation.
Professor Sarah Short and Dean Diane Lyden Murphy at retirement celebration.
Professor Sarah Short and Dean Diane Lyden Murphy at retirement celebration. Photos courtesy of Prof. Alejandro Garcia.

Dean Murphy, along with Falk College faculty and staff, congratulate faculty who retired at the end of the 2016-17 academic year, including:

  • Ellen deLara, associate professor emerita, social work;
  • Mary Ann Middlemiss, associate professor emerita, public health, and;
  • Sarah Short, professor emerita, nutrition.

In May, the following faculty promotions were announced:

  • Lynn Brann, associate professor, Nutrition
  • Ambika Krishnakumar, professor, Human Development and Family Science
  • Katherine McDonald, professor, Public Health
  • Patrick Walsh, tenured and associate professor, Sport Management

Congratulations Class of 2017!

Dean Diane Lyden Murphy, along with the faculty and staff of Falk College, congratulates the Class of 2017! We are excited to see where your careers take you. Remember that you are “forever orange” and will always be a part of Falk College and Syracuse University.

We invite you to stay in touch and connect through social media, on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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Falk College honors faculty for excellence in service, research, teaching

Bruce Carter, Katherine McDonald, Gina Pauline named 2017 Falk College Faculty of the Year

Faculty members from the Departments of Human Development & Family Science, Public Health, Food Studies & Nutrition, and Sport Management were honored for excellence in service, research and teaching with 2017 Falk College Faculty of the Year Awards. The honorees, who are nominated by their peers for outstanding performance and contributions to students, Falk College, Syracuse University and beyond, were recognized by Diane Lyden Murphy, Dean. For more information about the teaching, research, service and scholarship activities of these honorees, visit falk.syr.edu.

“It is with great joy that we honor professors Bruce Carter, Katherine McDonald, and Gina Pauline.,” says Diane Lyden Murphy. “Falk College is privileged to have faculty like these, who are truly dedicated to the success of our students. We appreciate their many contributions to their respective academic departments, as well as to the college and Syracuse University as a whole.”

Bruce Carter posed with Jennifer Wilkins, Diane Murphy and award
Associate Professor Bruce Carter (middle) accepts 2017 Falk College Faculty of the Year Award for excellence in service with Diane Lyden Murphy, Dean (right), and Falk Endowed Professor of Practice Jennifer Wilkins (left). Photo credit: Alejandro Garcia, Jocelyn Falk Endowed Professor of Social Work
Katherine McDonald posed with Diane Murphy and award
Associate Professor Katherine McDonald (middle) accepts 2017 Falk College Faculty of the Year Award for excellence in research with Diane Lyden Murphy, Dean (right), and Assistant Professor Deborah Coolhart (left). Photo credit: Alejandro Garcia, Jocelyn Falk Endowed Professor of Social Work
Gina Pauline posed with Diane Lyden Murphy and award
Associate Professor Gina Pauline accepts 2017 Falk College Faculty of the Year Award for excellence in teaching, is applauded by Diane Lyden Murphy, Dean. Photo credit: Alejandro Garcia, Jocelyn Falk Endowed Professor of Social Work

Sport venue and event management students host charity golf tournament May 8

Otto posed with golfers
Golfers and Otto at the inaugural Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Vera House; this year’s event planned for May 8.

Graduate students in Falk College’s Department of Sport Management are hosting the Second Annual Sport Venue & Event Management Charity Golf Classic May 8 at Drumlins Country Club East Course beginning at 12:00 p.m. Monies raised will support Vera House’s comprehensive domestic and sexual violence programs. The goal of the event is to raise $20,000—while raising awareness—for Vera House.
The Sport Venue & Event Management Golf Classic includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, and a dinner reception for the $150 individual entry fee. For those interested in attending the reception, only, $40 tickets are available. The reception-only tickets include dinner, a silent auction, and raffles to benefit Vera House.

“Partnering with the Vera House is something that is extremely important for us because of the increasing domestic and sexual abuse on college campuses happening today. Being able to gain event experience and work with Vera House to help bring awareness of the cause and the resources that are available really pushes us to put in the extra effort to make the golf tournament as successful as possible,” says Candace Sena, sport venue and event management graduate student.

The execution of the tournament is part of the sport venue and event management curriculum that requires students to organize an event to gain a direct, hands-on learning experience working in all facets of the sports industry. To date, their efforts have included selecting the community partner, course operations, marketing, communications, hospitality, fundraising, and sponsorships.

This event deliberately connects event management courses, including experiential learning opportunities, with social responsibility, which is a hallmark of all academic programs across Falk College. During March, the students and many others at Syracuse University joined thousands throughout Central New York wearing a white ribbon or white wristband to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence in support of the annual White Ribbon Campaign, which is led by men and encourages all members of the community to join them in their efforts. Students participated in the annual White Ribbon Breakfast, and met with Vera House staff throughout the semester.

“Last year in the first year of the event, the students set the bar very high. As a result, I have challenged this group to go above and beyond the expectations set forth for them. During the past nine months, the students have worked hard learning and applying the concepts of event planning to this event,” says Dr. Gina Pauline, sport management associate professor and undergraduate director. “When we started in July, the students simply thought only about the focus of planning an event and now it has turned into so much more as they now understand social responsibility. For the second year, Vera House has been a tremendous organization to partner with. The impact this project has left on each and every one of them professionally and personally is tremendous.”

The Second Annual Sport Venue & Event Management Charity Golf Classic is sponsored by KeyBank. For more information about the event, including sponsorship and donation of auction items, contact Dr. Gina Pauline, 315-443-1666 and gapaulin@syr.edu. Details are also available at www.svemgolfclassic.com.

SPM students immersed in Los Angeles sports culture over spring break

Students in Los Angeles
The students met NBA legend Bill Walton (back row)

Eighteen Sport Management students enrolled in SPM 358 (Los Angeles Immersion) traveled to Los Angeles from March 11-18, 2017, where they met with more than 40 executives from the sport industry in seven days. One highlight was meeting NBA legend Bill Walton. The group also visited NASCAR, UCLA, LA Clippers, LA Dodgers, Monster Energy Drinks, Mandalay Baseball, LA Marathon, CAA, FOX, AEG, LA Kings, Staples Center, Stub Hub Center, Santa Anita Racetrack, Rose Bowl, Hollywood Bowl, NFL Network, and LA Coliseum, among others. SPM director Michael Veley and SPM internship placement coordinator Francesco Riverso accompanied the students on the trip.