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April 2019 faculty, staff and alumni notes

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Faculty / Staff Notes

  • The College Sport Research Institute led by Richard Southall held 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 Olga Harris.
  • 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 Insights.
  • Mark Rosenbaum has received a Fulbright Specialist Award to work on a new Center for Service Management in Uzbekistan.
  • While on sabbatical in Aruba, Robin DiPietro gave 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.

Alumni Notes

  • 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 Merchandising.
  • 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.

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