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Rising Star: Freshman retailing major shares scholarship experience

Freshman retailing major Sydney Bernhardt visited New York City for the National Retail Federation Student Convention, thanks in part to winning a Rising Star Scholarship from the organization. She shares her experiences with us in her own words.

Partnering for student success

The University of South Carolina’s College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM) is expanding its corporate engagement efforts to help students make a successful transition from classroom to career.

Chocolate fix: Agrotourism research to help Honduras

Two University of South Carolina professors are working on interdisciplinary research to help improve life in one of the most poverty-stricken countries in Latin America.

Retail innovation

A flurry of new partnerships will provide a digital foundation to prepare Carolina's retail management students to lead the industry.

Planning for success

The HRTM Event Planner student organization has been awarded 2017 Student Chapter of the Year by the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). The club is one of 18 student organizations affiliated with USC’s College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management and gives students the opportunity to get involved on campus and make new friends while gaining experience relative to their career goals and interests.

Purchase with purpose

Liliann Pineda-Hawkins knew what was important to her before arriving at the University of South Carolina. The opportunities she found as a Gamecock allowed her to develop her two passions and learn to combine them in ways which may shape her future career.

Master of His Field: Paul Graham adds a master's degree to a successful career spanning four decades

When Hootie & the Blowfish became the hottest band in the world, Paul Graham, a 1989 graduate of the University of South Carolina, was one of the people behind the scenes helping fans enjoy the music as the band’s tour manager. When the group launched Monday After the Masters, a celebrity pro-am golf tournament to raise money for charity, they called on Graham to serve as tournament director.

Comeback win: Former Gamecock pitcher returns to graduate

It’s been 13 years since Billy Buckner played baseball for the University of South Carolina, memorably striking out 16 batters one afternoon against Clemson and winning seven games in the 2004 season.

Dean’s quarterly update December 2017

Finals are underway and winter break is on the horizon, so I’d like to take a moment to wish you and your family a very happy, healthy, and festive holiday season. As we prepare to celebrate the commencement of our Fall 2017 graduates next week, I also want to say thank you to our faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and parents for the difference you have made this year in the lives of our students and the future of our fields.

Brown wins national distinguished service award for sport management

Professor Matt Brown, chair of the University of South Carolina’s Department of Sport and Entertainment Management, has been selected to receive The North American Society for Sport Management’s (NASSM) highest service honor.

The game before the game: HRSM professor leads the way in research as tailgating grows from a grassroots movement to a gigantic industry

For college football fans in Columbia and across the country, tailgating has become a tradition as ingrained in the fall Saturday experience as what happens inside the stadium.

No. 1! UofSC sport science programs top national rankings

The University of South Carolina’s sport science programs are ranked No. 1 in the United States for the second year in a row, and No. 4 in the world by ShanghaiRanking's 2017 Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments.

Walking the red carpet

The biggest stars in country music gathered in Nashville Nov. 8 for the 51st CMA Awards, and University of South Carolina students had an opportunity to be part of the star-studded event.

UofSC alumna launches line of stadium-friendly styles

The words regulation and stadium-approved don’t exactly scream inspiration and style, but Jennifer Ugland’s love for football and fashion helped her flip the script and serve a need for female fans.

It’s about to get personal—The future of retail technology: health data, hyper-personalized purchasing

Imagine going shopping and having your phone or fitness tracker make product recommendations for you based on your breath or the current physical state of your body. It is not science fiction. It’s the future of retailing and health care digitization according to researchers at University of South Carolina’s College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management.

SPTE around the world

The month of November has been a busy one for the Sport and Entertainment Management Department, beginning with faculty, staff and students scattering across the globe to present research at three major conferences.

Alison Lindsey wins SC Tourism Student Award

University of South Carolina Student Alison Lindsey has been recognized by the South Carolina Travel and Tourism Coalition for her exemplary academic achievement related to hospitality and tourism in South Carolina. Nominated by her faculty, Lindsey was one of nine college students from across the state to receive a 2017 Tourism Student Award at a ceremony at the Lace House in Columbia on October 30, 2017.

A Conversation with Ron Shapiro

Known as one of the most powerful people in sports and one of baseball’s most respected agent-attorneys, Ron Shapiro presented at University of South Carolina on November 1, 2017. The free event was part of the Thomas H. Regan Executive Sport Seminar presented by UofSC’s Department of Sport and Entertainment Management and sponsored by NASCAR. Shapiro spoke to the packed auditorium about the state of the industry today and shared stories from his 40+ years in the industry.

HRSM Awards 2017 Distinguished Alumni and Friends

As Columbia filled with Gamecock alumni returning for Homecoming weekend, the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management recognized the winners of the HRSM 2017 Distinguished Alumni and Friends Awards.

Remembering Charlie Boswell

The College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management family mourns the passing of Charles Boswell. Charles, known as Charlie to his many friends, passed away Sept. 12 at the age of 71. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from the University of South Carolina. After beginning his career as a hotel manager, he returned to his alma mater to teach and went on to become assistant chairman of UofSC’s School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, where he served as an instructor and student advisor for 25 years before retiring.

Gamecocks in the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands have stirred the imagination of the Western world since they were discovered quite by accident in 1535. Herman Melville wrote about them. Charles Darwin visited to study the wide variety of animals found only there. Now, University of South Carolina students can visit and learn some of the many lessons the land has to offer, thanks to a Maymester study abroad program which includes four cross-disciplinary courses.

Grady Wins UofSC Outstanding Advocate for First-Year Students Award

John Grady rarely has first-year students in the classes he teaches at the University of South Carolina. However, he has built a legacy of first-year impressions by going out of his way to be involved with those who are new to the Gamecock community.

Fashion Forward

As part of the career enrichment program, two Gamecocks were able to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in the fashion business on the once in a lifetime trip to New York City with VIP access to the country’s premier fashion event.

Dean's quarterly update September 2017

With the start of the new school year, the energy on campus has been inspiring and enthusiastic as University of South Carolina welcomed its largest freshman class ever. The College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management played a big part in the record breaking with more than 700 new students — adding up to our largest total class size to date of more than 2,300 students.

HRSM new hires, promotions and retirements

HRSM welcomes new faculty and staff hires; congratulates College promotions


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