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October 2019 faculty, staff and alumni notes

In the News

Faculty / Staff Notes

  • Pam Osman and Georgia Petritsis were awarded an Erasmus+ grant to collaborate with counterparts at the University of Aruba. They exchanged ideas on best practices for standard operating procedures, grant governance and other funding opportunities for research, course scheduling, advising, effective communication between the University, departments, faculty, staff, and students, and more.
  • Armen Shaomian and Janet Hopkins of the UofSC School of Music have been invited to perform a lecture-recital at the 2019 Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts (STP&A) Summit. This is the first time the STP&A have invited a live performance to the annual event.
  • Sang-Eun Byun’s article, “Small retail businesses’ perception of competition: Looking through a lens of fear, confidence, or cooperation,” was accepted for publication in the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services.
  • The article, “Effects of internal-external congruence based CSR positioning: An attribution theory approach,” co-authored by Sang-Eun Byun, was accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Ethics.
  • Barbie Smrekar was featured in Outside Magazine as an expert outdoor adventure guide for Congaree Park.

Alumni Notes

2019

  • Anna Carron (B.S. Sport and Entertainment Management) started a new position as event services coordinator at Spectra.
  • Eleni Collis (B.S. Sport and Entertainment Management) started a new position as a member of the client trust staff at the Paradigm Talent Agency in Chicago.
  • Miranda Fitzgerald (B.S. Hospitality Management) started a new position with Marriott International as the sales manager in Atlanta, Ga.
  • Ashley Jones (B.S. Fashion Merchandising) started a new position with Kohl’s as a merchandise analyst in their corporate headquarters in Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Alex Kladis (B.S. Sport and Entertainment Management) started a new position as the head assistant basketball coach at Lake Region State College in Devil’s Lake, N.D.
  • Courtney Perkins (B.S. Sport and Entertainment Management) started a new position with the Carolina Panthers as a corporate hospitality game day staff member.
  • Jessica Muscella (B.S. Hospitality Administration/Management) started a new position with Marriott International as a rooms operations voyager.
  • Morgan Randolph (B.S. Retailing/Fashion Merchandising,) started a new position as a graduate assistant at the University of South Carolina as she pursues her Master’s in Sports and Entertainment Management.
  • Walker Ross (Ph.D. Sport and Entertainment Management) started a position as assistant professor of sport business management at Florida Southern College.
  • Tatiana Tabacek (B.S. Retailing) began a position with Under Armour as a stylist for the ArmourBox program.
  • Julia Weeks (B.S. Hospitality Administration/Management) started a new position with SREE Hotels as the sales coordinator in Columbia, South Carolina.

2018

  • Stephen Bork (B.S. Sport and Entertainment Management) started a new job as manager of corporate consulting with Genesco Sports Enterprises.
  • Anna Hanley (B.S. Fashion Merchandising) started a new position as a merchant development program member for Lord + Taylor in New York, N.Y.
  • Haley Harrel (B.S. Fashion Merchandising) was promoted to a new position with the Atlanta Falcons as an account executive.
  • Carrie Jenkinson (B.S. Hospitality Management) started a new position with Graduate Hotels as the catering sales manager in Columbia, South Carolina.
  • Matthew Jinnette (B.S. Retail Management) Started a new position as the director of operations for the Lexington County Blowfish.
  • Emily Onorato (B.S. Sport and Entertainment Management) was promoted to a new position with the Atlanta Hawks as a partnership activation coordinator.
  • Wesley Turner (B.S. Sport and Entertainment Management) started a new position as the director of baseball operations for the University of South Carolina.
  • James Underwood (B.S. Hospitality Administration/Management) was promoted to a new position with Aramark as an operations manager.

2017

  • Sarah Barreca (B.S. Retailing) started a new position as merchandising assistant, women’s Polo accessories and footwear at Ralph Lauren.
  • Hailey Fitzwater (B.S. Retail Management) started a new position with Belk as an assistant buyer.
  • Henry Wear (Ph.D. Sport and Entertainment Management) started a new position as an assistant professor of sports communication at the University of Oregon.

2016

  • Mary Lynn Berrila (B.S. Sport and Entertainment Management) started a new position with the St. Louis Blues as the senior manager of CRM and database strategy.
  • Kyle Dillon (M.S., B.S., Sport and Entertainment Management; 2016, 2015) started a new position as the director of basketball operations at Bradley University.
  • Morgan Hannel (M.S. Sport and Entertainment Management) started a new position with the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation as the manager of special events and development.

2014

  • Helen Spaker (B.S. Fashion Merchandising) started a new position as the director of operations at Apiece Apart in New York, N.Y.

2013

  • Kaylen Burke (B.S. Hospitality Management) was promoted to a new position with Tru at Hilton as a manager of focus services.
  • Camryn Scaffe (B.S. Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management) started a new position with Entertainment Cruises Inc. as a corporate account manager.
  • Sanveer Cheema (B.S. Hospitality Administration/Management) started a new position with UPS as an inside sales supervisor.

2012

  • Rachel Gannon (B.S. Retailing) launched a new company, cara cara.

2011

  • Cera Peters (B.S. Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management) started a new position with Hilton Garden Inn/Home2Suites as an assistant general manager.

2010

  • Adrienne Hatch (B.S. Hospitality Management) started a new position as first vice president for Bliss Spouses’ Association.

2009

  • Kevin Buchanan (B.S. Hospitality, Business and Club Management) started a new position with Anheuser-Busch InBev as the commercial director in Columbus, Ga.
  • Liesel Devito (B.S. Retail, Fashion Merchandising) started a new position with Coach as a senior merchandise manager in New York, N.Y.
  • Dannah Burgess (B.S. Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management) started a new position as the senior marketing manager at Neenah in Suwanee, Ga.
  • Ayden W. Daubigne (B.S. Retail Management) started a new position as the vice president of technology currency at Bank of America.

2008

  • Constantine Eleftheriou (B.S. Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management) started a new position with ZeroCater in New York, N.Y. as the manager of client success.
  • Bryan Mango (B.S. Information Technology) started a new position with CACI International Inc. as a database administrator T3.

2007

  • Phillip Levkoff (B.S, Retailing, Master of Speech Pathology, 2017) started a new position with Newberry County Memorial Hospital as a speech-language pathologist.

2006

  • Zach Ellard (B.S. Sport and Entertainment Management) started a new position with Gecko Robotics, Inc. as the vice president of operations in Pittsburgh, Pa.

2005

  • Trevor Tice (B.S. Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management) started a new position with La Quinta by Wyndham in Orlando, Florida as an Executive Housekeeper.

1991

  • Chris Riccardi (M.S. Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management) started a new position as the senior vice president for Outrigger Hospitality Group.

1986

  • Libby Floyd (B.S. Fashion Merchandising) Started a new position with ShopHQ as a national television host. (Libby is the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner from Retailing.) 

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