The Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management has moved up two spots to be ranked as the #2 graduate-level sport management program in the world based on the results of SportBusiness International’s recently-released 2016-2017 annual survey.
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“What’s important is that you dream,” advises IBLA honoree Earl W. Stafford ’76. “Dream not only of what is possible, but of what you consider to be improbable—and go for it,” urges the Isenberg graduate. That entails “using your success to go out and help others. It is just as important to business education as accounting or finance.”
The class of 2017 is breaking philanthropy records in the Senior Gift Challenge, giving at a rate that far exceeded their goal. Isenberg is successfully tapping seniors to think about giving back while they're still on campus, increasing young alumni donations and engagement.
In late April, a team of Isenberg undergraduates excelled in the International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC) in Santa Monica, placing first for their 10-minute presentation, second for their 90-minute presentation, and second in the “Ethics Biathlon,” which combined a four mile run with the ethics portion of the competition.
Mila Getmansky Sherman, a finance professor at Isenberg, has received a $196,518 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Digging into Data Challenge. Professor Sherman’s award will fund a 3+ year research project.
The Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Tsinghua University, China’s leading management university, will collaborate on a one-week sport business immersion program in August 2017. The McCormack Department of Sport Management, housed in the nationally ranked Isenberg School of Management, will provide faculty lectures and sport venue site visits to students and faculty from Tsinghua University’s Center for Development of Sports Industry (TUDSI), a university-level research center.
“As part of the McCormack Global Sports Business Academy, this partnership is precisely the kind of collaboration we envision as a means of furthering the global legacy of Mark McCormack and sharing our cutting-edge research and teaching,” said Janet Fink, department chair.
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A team of four Isenberg sophomores emerged as first-place winners in Kohl’s Invitational Case Competition. The Isenberg team—The Kohl Kids—won the contest’s $5,000 grand prize, prevailing over 222 teams in the national competition.
Jane Pritzker and Alex Goldstein, a mother-son Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTM) power team recently came to speak in Professor Erin Tierney’s Hospitality class. Jane is a 1979 HTM grad and the Director of National Accounts at the Boston Convention Center, and Alex is a 2013 HTM grad and Group Sales Manager at the Boston Park Plaza hotel.
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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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.
Family, friends, faculty, and donors gathered in the Mullins Center to celebrate a group of extraordinary scholarship and award recipients. Honorees included stand out students and alumni with notable professional and academic careers. “Year after year, our students and alumni continue to exceed our expectations” said Janet Fink, Department Chair. “The [recipient’s] collective list of accomplishments is astounding.”
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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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