Class of 2021 awards and honors

Falk College’s Department of Sport Management is pleased to recognize the outstanding work of its undergraduate and graduate students in the Class of 2021 in sport management, sport analytics and sport venue and event management.

The Department of Sport Management had a virtual awards celebration on Friday, May 21, 2021 via Zoom. View the recording below:

Students who were recognized for academic excellence, philanthropic work and post-graduate plans included:

Samuel Marteka

Director’s Award

In recognition of academic excellence; outstanding service to the department and community; and exemplary leadership on behalf of the Department of Sport Management.

Sam served as president of the Sport Management Club for two years, and was instrumental in planning the 2020 and 2019 Charity Sports Auctions. He was named a Berlin Sport Analytics Scholar and a Falk College Scholar and presented his research at sport analytics conferences. He also served as an academic coach at SU’s Center of Learning and Student Success. Sam gained industry experience with the Orleans Firebirds (Cape Cod Baseball League) and Syracuse Sports Properties (Learfield IMG College).

Kristen Siermachesky

Matt Brodsky Philanthropic Excellence Award

In recognition of outstanding service to both the campus and greater Syracuse communities and society at large; for exemplary citizenship, excellence in establishing outreach opportunities for students and being a quintessential representative for the Department of Sport Management. This award is named in honor of Sport Management major Matt Brodsky, who passed away during his freshman year at Syracuse University.

Kristen captained SU’s hockey team as a senior and served as president of SU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She received an ACC Post-Graduate Scholarship to continue her studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to obtain a master’s degree in Sport Administration.

Max Josef

Sport Management VIP Award

In recognition of outstanding service and volunteerism; strong academic standing; leadership and example as a role model to students.

Max volunteered at the SPM Club’s Charity Sports Auction, was named a 2021 Falk College Marshall, served as head manager for SU’s women’s volleyball team, a campus tour guide, and Falk College Peer Advisor and Ambassador. He interned with the 2019 World Lacrosse Games in Israel and completed his Senior Capstone with Exclusive Sports Group in Indianapolis.

Falk College Marshal

Max was named the 2021 Falk College Marshal. He served as head manager for the SU women’s volleyball team, as a U100 campus tour guide, and a Falk College Peer Advisor and Ambassador. Max interned with the 2019 World Lacrosse Games in Israel and completed his Senior Capstone with Exclusive Sports Group in Indianapolis.

Marc Orlin

Professional Engagement Award

In recognition of exemplary real-world practical experience; work ethic; dedication; professional demeanor and career development as an undergraduate student and SPM representative.

Marc volunteered as the marketing chairperson for the SPM Club’s Charity Sports Auction and is also captain of SU’s roller hockey team. He worked remotely with StayBillety, Rookie Road, and the Sports Broadcast Journal, and completed his Senior Capstone with Super Fan Fundraising in account management and social media marketing. Upon graduation, he will transition into a full-time role at Super Fan.

Kaitlynn Miller

Academic Excellence Award

In recognition of outstanding academic achievement and overall scholarship.

Kaitlynn earned Dean’s List honors every semester, worked with ‘Cuse Crew, and served as president of SPM’s Women in Sports and Events Club. She interned with UC Santa Barbara Athletics, the Santa Barbara Foresters minor league baseball club, Hitz & Branding, and Tackle What’s Next, as well as completed her Senior Capstone with Bowl Season. Kaitlynn co-chaired the 2020 SPM Charity Sports Auction and served as a committee chair for the 2019 Auction.

Sport Management Department Marshal

Kaitlynn Miller represented the Department of Sport Management as the Department Marshal. Marshals have excelled during their time on campus and exemplify the spirit of the senior class. The selection committee assesses the nominees on scholarship, academic honors, student organization involvement, and campus/community service.

Daniel Cott

Jason Morales Perseverance in Sports and Life Award

In recognition of extraordinary persistence and positive motivation when confronted with life’s challenges and serving as an exemplary SPM representative. This award is named in memory of Jason Morales, who passed away while completing his senior Capstone in New York City in Spring 2013.

Daniel overcame health complications to finish his degree and land his dream Capstone internship in New York City with Premier Partnerships. He has even created his own sneaker and memorabilia business. Daniel served as manager of SU’s men’s soccer team, as well as interned with DV7 Group, Street Soccer USA, the Northern Trust Open, and the New York Islanders.

Josephine Kiesel

Director’s Award for Academic Promise

In recognition of her plans to attend post-graduate education, demonstrating exemplary service to the community, and serving as an ambassador and mentor to students:

Josie, a member of SU’s rowing team, is a two-time ACC All-Academic Team selection. The Germany native volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club of Central New York. She received an ACC Post-Graduate Scholarship to continue her studies at the EM Normandie Business School’s International Events Master’s Program in Paris.

Caroline Johnson

Kate Veley Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility Award

Presented to an undergraduate senior who has given back to the community, continually demonstrating strong volunteerism and philanthropic efforts to improve the lives of others within the greater Syracuse community, and in so doing, setting an example for his/her peers and the Falk College community.

Caroline transferred into the Sport Management program as a sophomore and went on to serve as president of the Women in Sports and Events Club, where she helped coordinate many philanthropic events. She served as co-chair of the 2019 Charity Sports Auction, and gained industry experience with ’Cuse Crew, the Hartford Yard Goats and the Syracuse Crunch. She completed her senior Capstone with The Montag Group, which has offered her a full-time job upon graduation.

Kamille Cooper

Outstanding Graduate Student Award

In recognition of outstanding academic standing; service; leadership and example as a role model to graduate students in the Sport Venue and Event Management program.

Kamille was instrumental in planning the graduate program’s 2021 webinar on the mental health of student-athletes. She has accepted a job with the National Diversity Council upon graduation.

James Hyman

Sport Analytics Academic Excellence Award

In recognition of outstanding academic achievement and overall scholarship in Sport Analytics.

James is a dual major in sport analytics and neuroscience. He contributed to research that was presented at a variety of conferences including MIT/Sloan, in addition to a summer sport analytics research program at Carnegie Mellon. He completed SU’s analytics program in three years and plans to continue his studies this fall through the Applied Data Science master’s program in Syracuse University’s iSchool.

Jonathan Bosch

Sport Analytics Research Excellence Award

In recognition of demonstrated commitment and success in academic research, presentation and/or publication in Sport Analytics.

Jonathan presented his research at the MIT/Sloan Sport Analytics conference and was a winner of the poster competition at both MIT/Sloan and Carnegie Mellon Sport Analytics conferences. He is also a Berlin Scholar, Syracuse University Scholar and Falk College Scholar. Jonathan has accepted a job as a Data Analyst with Zensah in Miami, Florida.

Syracuse University Scholar

Sport Analytics major Jonathan Bosch is one of 12 seniors from across the University named as the 2021 Syracuse University scholars, the highest undergraduate honor that the University bestows. Bosch is also a mathematics major in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Syracuse University Scholars Selection Committee selected the 2021 scholars using criteria that included coursework and academic achievement, independent research and creative work, evidence of intellectual growth and/or innovation in their disciplinary field, a personal statement and faculty letters of recommendation. Bosch is the first Sport Analytics or Sport Management student in the department’s history to earn this honor.

Sport Analytics Marshal

Jonathan Bosch is this year’s Sport Analytics Marshal. Marshals have excelled during their time on campus and exemplify the spirit of the senior class. The selection committee assesses the nominees on scholarship, academic honors, student organization involvement, and campus/community service.

Kushal Shah

Sport Analytics Research Excellence Award

In recognition of demonstrated commitment and success in academic research, presentation and/or publication in Sport Analytics.

Kushal presented his research at the MIT/Sloan Sport Analytics conference and was a winner of the poster competition at both MIT/Sloan and Carnegie Mellon Sport Analytics conferences. Kushal completed the program in three years and plans to continue his studies this fall through the Applied Data Science master’s program in Syracuse University’s iSchool.

Colin Krantz

Sport Analytics Director’s Award for Academic Promise

In recognition of plans to attend post-graduate education, demonstrating exemplary service to the community, and serving as an ambassador and mentor to students in Sport Analytics.

Colin presented his research at the Midwest Sport Analytics Conference and the Carnegie Mellon Sports Analytics Conference. He completed the program in three years and will continue studies this fall through the Applied Data Science master’s program in Syracuse University’s iSchool.

Alejandro (Alex) Pesantez

Sport Analytics Director’s Award for Academic Promise

In recognition of plans to attend post-graduate education, demonstrating exemplary service to the community, and serving as an ambassador and mentor to students in Sport Analytics.

Alejandro (Alex) presented his research at numerous sport analytics conferences during his time at Syracuse University, including Carnegie Mellon, and was selected as a Falk Scholar. He plans to continue his studies at the University of Notre Dame to obtain a master’s degree in Data Science.

Zachary Koeppel

Sport Analytics VIP Award

In recognition of outstanding service and volunteerism; strong academic standing; leadership and example as a role model to students in Sport Analytics.

Zachary led the department’s football analytics club and planned the department’s inaugural Football Analytics Blitz Competition. He annually competed in the National Sabermetrics Diamond Dollars Case Competition, and will continue his education in the Master of Sports Law and Business program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

Bailie Brown

Sport Analytics Game Changer Award

In recognition of positive impact on fellow sport analytics students and unyielding dedication, professional skills, and commitment to succeed, “changing the game” and making a difference.

Bailie is the first female in the nation to graduate with an undergraduate degree in sport analytics. She annually competed in the National Sabermetrics Diamond Dollars Case Competition, as well as served as vice president of SU’s Sport Analytics Women (SAW) Club and as a Falk College peer advisor and as a teaching assistant for high school and first-year students studying sport analytics. She has accepted, and is currently working, as a Baseball Strategy Apprentice with the Houston Astros.

Kayla Scognamillo

Sport Venue and Event Management (MS) Marshal

Kayla Scognamillo is this year’s Sport Venue and Event Management (MS) Marshal. Marshals have excelled during their time on campus and exemplify the spirit of the senior class. The selection committee assesses the nominees on scholarship, academic honors, student organization involvement, and campus/community service.

Falk Scholars

Sport Analytics majors Jonathan Bosch, James Hyman, Samuel Marteka, Alejandro Pesantez and Kushal Shah have been named Falk Scholars. Falk College Scholars represent undergraduate students in Falk College who display academic excellence, exceptional campus and community engagement, and personal integrity.

Berlin Sport Analytics Scholars

These 12 Sport Analytics seniors were named Berlin Scholars for the 2020-2021 academic year. The scholarship is named for Andrew Berlin, who donated $1 million to SU’s sport analytics program in 2018. Zachary Anhalt, Jonathan Bosch, Bailie Brown, Jacob Cummis, Drew DiSanto, James Hyman, Zachary Koeppel, Colin Krantz, Samuel Marteka, Cameron Mitchell, Alejandro Pesantez, and Kushal Shah.

Sport Management Academic Achievement Awards

These students achieved a GPA of 3.4 or higher for every semester at Syracuse University: Ryan Beaury, Matthew Diemand, Katherine Eliou, Oliver Glavin, Max Josef, Josephine Kiesel, Seth Kourpas, Hannah Kuo, Nicolas Lemaire, Kaitlynn Miller, Jonathan Offit, Jenna Parker, Simone Saputo and Dylan Schwartz.

Sport Analytics Academic Achievement Awards

These students achieved a GPA of 3.4 or higher for every semester at Syracuse University: Jonathan Bosch, Bailie Brown, Steven DiMaria, James Hyman, Colin Krantz, Cameron Mitchell, Alejandro Pesantez and Kushal Shah.

Atlantic Coach Conference (ACC) Post-Graduate Scholarships

Sport Management seniors Josie Kiesel (rowing) and Kristen Siermachesky (ice hockey) have been awarded post-graduate scholarships by the ACC. The student-athletes are recognized for their outstanding performances in their respective sports, engagement in the community, and exemplary work in classroom.