A message from Steve McKelvey, Department Chair and Professor:
On behalf of the entire McCormack Department of Sport Management faculty and staff, we hope this finds you and your family staying safe and well during these surreal and challenging times. As an alum of the program and a long-time faculty member, I am both proud and honored to share this letter in my new role as head of the department.
Fortunately, I inherit the reins of a program that is in stellar shape, thanks to the leadership, dedication and vision of Dr. Janet Fink, and we wish her all the best in her new role of associate dean for undergraduate programs for Isenberg. Congratulations Janet! As we move roles, I am pleased to share that Dr. Nicole Melton will now serve as associate chair of our department, and Dr. Matt Katz will move into the role of undergraduate program director. I believe we have an excellent team in place to continue to move our program to new heights!
Of course, as it was for everyone in every industry, March was a novel and challenging time for us, beginning with the move to remote education following the spring break recess. Among the many consequences, the pandemic resulted in the cancellation of two of our spring semester pillar events: the McCormack Sport Leaders Forum in New York City and our annual McCormack Awards Banquet, where we honor our outstanding students, scholarship awardees, and the newest class of alumni award winners (see page 18 for more details on these honors). I want to give a special acknowledgement to our Forum partner Scout Sports and Entertainment and the team of students and faculty advisors who worked so hard, beginning last summer, to build what would have been a fabulous Forum in New York City. Despite the challenges and disappointments of the close of the spring semester, both faculty and students stepped up to ensure a robust remote education experience filled with lots of new programming thanks to the magic of Zoom!