The College Sport Research Institute led by Richard Southallheld its annual CSRI Conference April 3-5 with a record-breaking attendance. Congrats
to all who worked on the event!
After nearly 10 years as chair of the SmartState Center, Simon Hudson’s role at the college will be shifting as he embarks on a semester at sea study abroad
opportunity in the fall and explores some new adventures. Hudson will still be involved
with the college in some capacity, and he will be a lifelong friend and collaborator.
The college thanks him for his years of service.
Rich Harrill has been appointed to the board of directors for the Midlands Authority for Conventions,
Sports & Tourism (doing business as Experience Columbia SC).
Armen Shaomian and Janet Hopkins (School of Music) were invited by the College Music Society and
the University of Central Florida’s School of Music to perform at their annual Composers
Concert in March. The music was specifically composed for them by contemporary composer
Simon Hudson co-authored the article “Using Self-Determination Theory to Assess the Service Product
at a Wellness Facility: A Case Study,” published in the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism
Mark Rosenbaum has received a Fulbright Specialist Award to work on a new Center for Service Management in
While on sabbatical in Aruba, Robin DiPietrogave a presentation on integrity and good governance with Prime Minister of Aruba
Evelyn Wever-Croes.The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management and the University of Aruba
have an academic partnership and are working together to advance programs and outcomes.
Call for Papers: The 2019 International Conference on Tourism and Retail Management will be held in
Tianjin, China, October 27-28. The call for papers is open now and the deadline is
May 5, 2019. Learn more at the conference website, here.
Sarah Wingate Bako (B.S. Retail, 2004) started a new position as president of Branded Sales at NYC Alliance:
“I’m joining the company to launch three new brands for the organization. The company
is totally vertical and owns their own factories. I’m very excited about the opportunity
to learn more about the production side of the business in this new role.”
Philip Proctor (B.S. Retail, 2016) started a new position as a visual merchandising manager at Nordstrom.
Eric Cuthbertson (B.S. Sports Administration, 92) started a position as senior consultant - Sports
and Leisure at Sodexo in China.
Molly Brossart (B.S. Sport and Entertainment Management, 2013) started a position with Nike By You
Claire Mannion (B.S. Retail & Fashion Merchandising, 2014) has started a position as associate designer:
Intimates & Lounge with Free People.
Jessica Lee (B.S. Sport and Entertainment Management, 2010) has been promoted to senior manager,
Ticket and Financial Operations with the Atlanta Braves.
Fred Paternostro (B.S. Sport and Entertainment Management, 2012) was promoted to district sales manager
with The Hershey Company.
Barry Liu (M.S. Sport and Entertainment Management, 2014) started a position as event manager
at Crland, China Resources in Hangzhou, China.
Jessica Wilkerson (B.S. in Hotel/Tourism, 2009) has been promoted to senior manager, product owner,
Hotel Websites and Brand Sites; Digital Commerce with Marriott International.
Kati Williams (B.S. Sport and Entertainment Management, 2018) has started a position as events
logistic manager with National Conference Services, Inc.Brad Boultinghouse (B.S. Retail,
2011) has been promoted to senior tri-channel product line manager with Eddie Bauer.
Alex Clark (B.S. HRTM , 2001) has been promoted at the S.C. Department of Commerce to marketing
and communications director.
Brent Simmons (B.S. Sport and Entertainment Management, 2007) has started a position as director
of partnership marketing - Americas with City Football Group.
The HRSM Alumni Society hosted a luncheon on March 19, 2019 at McCutchen House for HRSM alumni who work on
USC’s Columbia Campus.