April 2004 Dear Alumni/nae, Friends, and Parents, Greetings once again from South Hill. All the snow is off the ground which must mean our semester here on campus is nearing its end. So, we want to let you know all about upcoming events and the activities of those within the IC Department of Sport Management & Media family. UPCOMING EVENTS -- On Saturday April 24th , the first annual Sport Management & Media Golf Tournament will take place at Cornell University’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. Tee-off begins at 1:30 p.m. The cost for alumni and professionals who would like to play 18 holes is $55. The cost for students wishing to play is $45. Prizes will be awarded following the tournament. If you have any questions about the tournament, please email them to Icgolf@email.com The Web site for the tournament is www.icgolf.co.tv -- On Tuesday April 20th , Barry Silberman, the Charlotte Bobcats’ Executive Vice President of Arena Operations, Development and Entertainment will talk to students about the challenges he faces while helping to launch the NBA’s newest franchise. All are welcome to come and meet Mr. Silberman from 1:10 to 2:15 p.m. in Egbert Hall, 3rd Floor. -- On Sunday April 25th , the SM & M Steering Committee will plan to meet on the IC campus from 9:00 -11:00 a.m. -- On Thursday, April 29th , sport business journalist Evan Wiener, who is known primarily for his commentaries on Westwood One Network, will be speaking to Dr. Maxcy’s classes in Labor Relations in Sport and Sport Economics. Dr. Maxcy is also working to set up an open session when students and faculty from the department can meet with Mr. Wiener. Mr. Wiener’s work is regularly featured in print publications around the country. For details, contact Dr. Maxcy at 4-5783 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org -- On Saturday August 7th , there will be a Sport Management & Media summer social event at the Lakewood (NJ) Blueclaws minor league baseball game. Come catch up with friends and watch some impressive minor league ball down the Jersey Shore. Additional information about the event and on- line registration will be available on the Alumni Office webpage (go to the link for alumni events). -- On October 29th through the 30th , the 2004 Careers in Sport Symposium will take place at Ithaca College. This program showcases graduates from our program who are successful in the sport industry. Designed as a networking and educational program for undergraduate sport management and media majors, graduates engage in panel discussions moderated by Ithaca College seniors. Efforts will be made to also offer career development programs for alumni. If you are interested in participating as a panelist, please contact Dr. Staurowsky at email@example.com, Geoff Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jim Daunais at email@example.com -- Also in October, with the exact dates to be determined, a mini-course on "How to Sell Sports" will be instructed by Jason Gonella, Vice President of Corporate Sales and Premium Services with the Philadelphia Eagles with Dr. Blann. This is open to graduates. More details to come. NEWS & NOTES In mid-March, Kamini Sharma, ‘85, Director, International Marketing, for the National Hockey League taught a mini-course titled Global Sport Marketing at the Ithaca College Washington D.C. Semester Program. The 12 students enrolled in the seminar (6 from IC and 6 from Butler University) gave high praise to the instructor. They enjoyed working on a case study featuring the marketing campaign for the World Cup of Ice Hockey 2004. The case approach was an ideal exercise for problem solving and critical thinking. As a result of Kamini’s efforts, students had the chance to meet with Mr. John Vidalin, Director of Marketing for the Washington Capitols and to tour the MCI Center. The highlight of the course was attending a Capitols game, where students and faculty experienced first hand the amenities to be found in luxury suite, courtesy of Kamini and Mr. Vidalin. The students commented that the mini-course was fun and among the best learning experiences they have had. On March 19th, Professor Wolohan and Dr. Blann traveled to meet with Troy Tutt, SM ‘01 who was recently promoted to suite sales manager with the Cleveland Cavaliers, to discuss internship opportunities for students. Troy arranged for Professors Wolohan and Blann to have a tour of Jacobs Field, and, he also gave them a tour of Gund Arena and Hughies Court Club, an innovative relationship marketing program for corporate clientele initiated in the 2003-04 season. Tutt with Blann at Gund Arena J.T. Wolohan, Wolohan and Blann at Jacobs Field On March 22nd, The Department of Sport Management and Media was ably represented at the James J. Whalen Academic Symposium, by four distinct presentations: Renee Carlineo -- "The Battle for our Mind and Body: Conflicting Cultural Messages of Femin inity" sponsored by Professor Ellen Staurowsky Cassie Safrit -- " Youth Cheerleading: Fro m Make -up to Morals to Money" sponsored by Professor Stephen Mosher Brian Collichia -- " Dreaming about My 'Sport Creed'" sponsored by Professor Stephen Mosher Shane Dunn -- “An Absence of Incongruent Goals in Applied Co mmunication: A Precursor for Ineffect ive Co mmun ication on the Television Show, ‘Boston Public’ sponsored by Guillermo Caliendo, Depart ment of Co mmunications On March 29th , Professor Stephen Mosher presented a lecture, "Sport is Not War," at the Ithaca High School 2004 David Nosanchuk Memorial Lecture Series SPORTS IN AMERICA:TOUCHDOWN OR FUMBLE? On April 4th , Dr. Staurowsky’s editorial about college sports reform and graduation rates appeared in New York Newsday. You can read "The NCAA Finals: Not the Old College Try" at http://web.lexis- nexis.com/universe/document?_m=328428aefb476d69817db2789746e6e7&_docnum=1 &wchp=dGLbVtb-zSkVb&_md5=8e672d3975a40cf2fe09c168133e11a3 Dr. Staurowsky also presented in the Nosanchuk Memorial Lecture Series. Her first lecture dealt with the issue of the National Football League, the Super Bowl half-time show, and broadcast decency standards while her second presentation was an overview of the Native American mascot controversy. On April 7th , Professor Stephen Mosher presented a paper, "'You've Got To Stand For Something:' Media Coverage of the Toni Smith Incident" at the Popular Culture Association Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. On April 14th , Dr. Staurowsky appeared on ESPN2’s morning show, Cold Pizza, where she discussed college sport reform issues. ITHACA SIGHTINGS AT THE NCAA MEN’S FINAL FOUR IN SAN ANTONIO By Dr. Staurowsky My trip to San Antonio on Drake Group business yielded many pleasant encounters with IC alumns all over town. Having been the fortunate recipient of the kindness of Art Spander's family, I was able to watch the games live and in person. Yes, pause for a minute to imagine me sitting in the belly of the NCAA beast - a sight to behold. Who should emerge from the mass of Final Four revelers but Brian Dailey (TV-R) (still with ESPN the Magazine) and Eric Newman, SIC ‘00 (coaching, running camps, and doing video production work). While standing outside the Marriott Riverwalk chatting with some media folks, I glanced up to see Scott McVean, SS ‘02 (who is completing his master's at the University of Rochester and coaching). He tells me Mark McDonough, SM ’02 is doing similar things at Springfield College. Outside of the hotel where the NABC was holding their meetings, I also had a chance to catch up with Zach Spiker (AT, SS minor) and Brian Streeter (HPE), who is the athletic director at Penn State-Behrend. Everyone I met mentioned Ryan Bamford (SM, associate athletic director at Yale University) was in town but, in the end, we missed each other. After waiting in line for a taxi for two hours surrounded by mourning Oklahoma State Cowboy fans and jubilant UCONN followers, I was rewarded with a chance to chat briefly with Melissa Baron, SIC ‘04 and Adam Sperling, SM ‘04, two seniors who were working as CBS interns throughout the week. Seeing so many of our graduates was the highlight of my trip. ALUMNI UPDATES Dimitri Hodgkinson, SIC ’00 – is living and coaching basketball in Oslo, Norway STUDENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS Ryan De la Bruere, SM '05 – is interning with the Boston Celtics this Spring Dan Knowles, SIC ’05 – is interning with WNDS-TV and WHEB-FM in Portsmouth, New Hampshire Peter Ostrower, SIC ’06 – will be bike riding from Maine to Vancouver with over 90 other college students to help build homes for those in need. Ostrower is asking for your help with any tax-deductible contributions you can offer. Please contact him with any questions about making a donation firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please see www.BikeandBuild.com for more information. Charlie Praid, SM '05 – is interning with Major League Baseball International, in London, England this Spring Mike Schaffer, SIC ’04 – after graduation will begin his work as a full- time Account Executive with Brotman-Winter-Fried Communications in Falls Church, Virginia Please check out www.dormroomsports.co.tv to get opinions and insight from our students who write about all facets of the sports world. If you wish to send us any information about yourself for the newsletter, please do so at email@example.com Tom O’Connor, SIC ’05, and Kevin Sullivan, SIC ’05, are editorial contributors to the newsletter.
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