Laura Canfield ’83 MS, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as the Director at Large. Canfield boasts a prodigious reputation within the sport of tennis. She’s served as executive director of the USTA Middle States Section, special liaison to the USTA President, tournament coordinator/circulation manager for Tennis Week magazine, and more. Canfield is co-founder, and currently holds the role of director, of the Buck County Tennis Association. Read More.
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The McCormack Department of Sport Management hosted its annual PhD Research Seminar Day on Friday, April 21, 2017. This event is an opportunity to hear PhD candidate research presentations, discuss the state of research within the industry and meet with renowned industry researchers. Dr. Marlene A. Dixon, Professor in Sport Management in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at Texas A&M University was this year’s keynote speaker.
Dixon focuses on answering the overarching question: how can we design sport to improve life quality? The accomplished researcher warned against the tendency to use sports to solve problems without fully understanding the issue at hand. “You can’t just ‘spray’ sport to solve your problems” Dixon advised. When using sport to enhance quality of life, there’s a need to understand the desired outcomes and the population in need. Only after this information is understood can an effective sport program be built.
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I am an intern at the Valley Blue Sox, a minor league baseball team located in Holyoke that is a member of the New England College Baseball League. Interns with this company get to be a part of almost every aspect of the team including marketing, sales, and operations.
This semester, I worked (and still work) for a real estate and roommate matchmaking start up company called ‘Perfect Strangers of NYC’. The start up is based out of NYC, and recently began a brand ambassador program here on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.
I have been working at Sullivan, Poulin & Payne, P.C. for a few months now and have been performing many different tasks around the office. One of my main responsibilities on a day-to-day basis is answering phones and speaking directly with clients who come into the office.
I worked on various projects for the American Street Hockey Institute, otherwise known as ASHI. ASHI is the governing body for street hockey in the United States and I have been conducting research as well as working on some other projects for them.
During my fall semester as a senior at UMass Amherst I was fortunate enough to be employed by the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) in Springfield, MA as one of their Business Consultant Interns.
For the both fall and spring semesters of the academic year 2015-2016, I have been serving as the Events Director for the student-run radio station at UMass Amherst, WMUA 91.1FM. We work with other on-campus student organizations in bringing events such as concerts and open mic nights to the pioneer valley.
Going into my senior year I knew I wanted to find an internship that will give me a new set of experiences that I can take with me post graduation. I was very interested in the Lord Jeffery Inn because I’ve stayed there before and I knew they always held different kinds of events throughout the year.
Nefertiti Walker, assistant professor with the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management, will lead Isenberg’s diversity initiatives as its first Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Professor Walker will bring experience and proactivity to the school’s commitment to an increasingly inclusive culture. That includes greater diversity and inclusiveness among students, faculty, and staff.
Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel had never held a baseball before meeting J.B. Bernstein, but after winning the top two slots in his “Million Dollar Arm” reality TV show, they were signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates and became the first Indians contracted to play professional sports in the United States. Bernstein’s cross-cultural experience turned his career around, led to his marriage, and gave him a new perspective on the things that matter. Today, he continues to advocate for the power of this kind of breakthrough insight, in work and in life, and recently came back to UMass to inspire Isenberg’s next generation of graduates.
Robin Chase was featured pundit in the second edition of Driven, Isenberg’s series of conversations with business innovators at the UMass Club in downtown Boston. After chatting informally with attendees for 45 minutes, she joined WBUR radio journalist Asma Khalid on stage for a 50-minute discussion of Chase’s challenges as a transportation entrepreneur and of transportation’s increasingly disruptive future. Following the conversation, Chase fielded questions from her audience of more than 100 business practitioners and academics.
ElectroPure, a student team and developer of a water treatment/purification device for homes, schools, and other small-scale water systems, took first-place honors in the finals of the 2017 Innovation Challenge business plan competition on April 6th.
Dr. Mahmoud Hariri, a surgeon and former faculty member at the Aleppo University Faculty of Medicine, discussed harrowing wartime logistics and medical delivery challenges in Professor Nagurney's "Humanitarian Logistics and Healthcare" course.
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This year's Accounting Alumnus of the Year is John McNamara ’81 ’82 M.S., Assurance Shareholder with Sullivan Bille, P.C. McNamara will be honored on April 20th at Isenberg's Annual Accounting Banquet at The Log Cabin in Holyoke.
"There are no final victories; the struggle for legitimacy [by black and other nonwhite athletes] continues,” insisted sport sociologist Harry Edwards during his keynote talk as this spring’s Mark H. McCormack Executive in Residence. During his two-day visit to Isenberg on March 23rd and 24th, Dr. Edwards, an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at UCal Berkeley, spoke in Sport Management classes and met with McCormack program students and faculty.
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A recent article in the leading industry trade journal SportsBusiness Journal by McCormack senior lecturer and internship director Tony Lachowetz underscores the value of experiential learning for sport management students.
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Finance professor Mila Getmansky Sherman and two coauthors have received the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute’s premier honor—its 2016 Graham and Dodd Award for Excellence—for their journal article, “Interconnectedness of the CDS Market.”