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March 2019 faculty, staff and alumni notes

In the News

Faculty / Staff Notes

  • Karen Edwards has won a 2019 Garnet Apple Award for teaching innovation and excellence from the Office of the Provost.
  • Kathy Smiling, Valeria Bates, Stephanie Richardson, Kate Blanton, Scott Kaplan and Collin Crick were all nominated for the U101 Outstanding Teaching Award.
  • Collin Crick recently earned his certification as an Intercultural Etiquette and Protocol Trainer by The Protocol School of Washington.
  • Jeff Campbell was a panelist and presenter at the Category Management and Shopper Insights Conference in Las Vegas, on the topic of “How to Successfully Recruit Millennials and Gen Z on College Campuses.”
  • Richard Southall presented “Making Sense of U.S. College Sport” for the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre Public Seminar Series in London.
  • Richard Southall presented a workshop on the governance structure of the NCAA and Power-5 conferences as part of the U.S. State Department’s Sports Visitor Program.
  • Nick Watanabe and Grace Yan’s paper, “Market disruption as a regime for athlete activism: An economic analysis of college football player protests,” was published in Sport Management Review. It was co-authored with Brian Soebbing of the University of Alberta.
  • Nick Watanabe and Grace Yan’s paper, “Air pollution and attendance in the Chinese Super League: Environmental economics and sport demand,” was published in the Journal of Sport Management. It was co-authored with Brian Soebbing of the University of Alberta and Wantong Fu of University of Mississippi.
  • Kevin So had his paper, “Peer-to-peer accommodation services: Effects of psychological distances on guest loyalty,” published in the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management.
  • Donna Watts was the guest speaker at TD Bank’s annual Metro Carolinas Women in Leadership training seminar in Lexington, S.C. Her topic was "Developing Your Professional Presence."

Alumni Notes

  • Sam Piccione III (B.S. Sport and Entertainment Management, 1998) was named president of Oak View Group International.
  • Dominique Gray (B.S. Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, 2012) earned his Certified Club Manager accreditation from the Club Managers Association of America.
  • Sarah Dyer (B.S. Retailing, 2018) started a position as a style consultant at Brideside in New York, N.Y.
  • Casey Sparks (B.S. Sport and Entertainment Management, 2002) was named general manager of the BOK Center and Cox Business Center in Tulsa.
  • Lenny Swinton (B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, 2014) was promoted to front office manager at Hyatt Regency Savannah.
  • Chad Staggs (Master of International Hospitality and Tourism Management, 2007) accepted a linebacker coaching position with Coastal Carolina.
    Justin Steele (B.S. Retailing, 2018) started a job as an assistant buyer at Burlington Stores, Inc. in New York, N.Y.
  • Stephen Bork (B.S. Sport and Entertainment Management, 2018) started a new job as coordinator of suite sales and service at Monumental Sports and Entertainment.
  • Christina L Saragnese, CGMP (B.S. Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, 2011), worldwide sales manager, Hilton, has been nominated for the SGMP Gilmer Institute of Learning for the Education & Programming Trustee.
  • Aaron Reeves (B.S. Sport and Entertainment Management, 2011) started a new position as senior manager fantasy & gaming- Global Partnerships with the National Basketball Association.
  • Alysa DeLuca (B.S. Retailing, 2012) was promoted to product development merchant at Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
  • Courtney Keefer (B.S. Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, 2010) started a new job as an event coordinator at Grey Oaks Country Club.
  • Michael Gheduzzi (B.S. Sport and Entertainment Management, 2018) started a position as a client services coordinator at MLB Advanced Media, L.P.
  • Scott Hill (B.S. Retailing, 2016) started a position as an outside sales representative at Sherwin-Williams.
  • Tracy Waller (B.S. Retailing, 2011) was promoted to sales and trade marketing manager at MISSION in New York, N.Y.

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