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April 2016 Issue
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The Sport Manager

The Official Newsletter of the Wichita State Department of Sport Management


Congratulations to this year's award winners that were named at the Department of Sport Management's Networking Banquet. Awards were given to Jakob Gutierrez for Undergraduate Major of the Year, Moussa Traore for Graduate Major of the Year, Kayla Jasso for Alumnus of the Year and Kathleen Avitt for Practitioner of the Year. Following the awards was the annual career fair which provides students the opportunity to hear from local practitioners and learn more about job and internship opportunities.

Alumni Highlight

Kelli Elmore, Assistant Commissioner,
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
Why did you choose to attend Wichita State?
  •  I really wasn't even considering graduate school until I met Clay Stoldt during the Air Capital Classic golf tournament the summer before my junior year at the University of Kansas. He told me all about the Wichita State program and told me it would be a great way to expand not only my education but it would allow me to get more experience in the sports realm. I did some research and started looking into jobs but found that a lot of media relations jobs encouraged a master's degree or five years experience, which I did not have so I decided to apply. I knew a couple people that had been through the program and they highly recommended it. I also had an opportunity for a graduate assistantship in WSU Athletics, which would pay for school and give me the experience I needed. Overall, it was a no-brainer! 
Can you tell us a little about what you do?
  •  As the KCAC Assistant Commissioner for Operations and Sport Communications, I serve as the conference sports information director supervising all associated activities and managing the various awards programs in the KCAC. I also function as the event manager for conference championships. I make sure the conference website is up to date with previews, recaps, award stories, NAIA top 25 polls, etc. as well as continuing to grow the KCAC brand on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 
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Instructor Honored with Awards



Congratulations to Mike Ross for winning The Kansas Board of Regents award: Leadership in the Advancement of Teaching. He will be honored along with other university award winners in a ceremony on May 6, 2016.  In addition, Mike was also awarded the College of Education Technology Award.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
 

The Department of Sport Management is teaming up with the Kansas Children's Service League to promote awareness in the prevention of child abuse. Throughout the month of April there will be information tables at various locations on campus. On April 26th, from 5:00-8:00 in the RSC Room 265,  there will be a showing of the documentary, Happy Valley. The film covers the year following Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's arrest on child sex abuse charges. A panel discussion will follow the showing and representatives from local agencies will be on-hand with resources and additional information. This event is free and open to the public.
STUDENTS PROVIDE MARKETING STRATEGIES FOR VALLEY CENTER RECREATION COMMISSION
 
Dr. Wonyoung Kim’s SMGT 466 Marketing Sport & Physical Activity class has conducted a service learning project for the Valley Center Recreation Commission (VCRC). On Wednesday, March 23rd, students delivered research presentations to VCRC to provide effective marketing strategies for VCRC’s youth sports programs and its new golf course, the Valley Point Golf Course.  
Twitter/Periscope Interview with Mike McCoy 
On April 5th The Department of Sport Management hosted a Question and Answer session via Twitter and Periscope with Executive-In-Residence Mike McCoy. McCoy currently serves as the Director of Business Development for the Indoor Football League. Students took this opportunity to tweet their questions then view the answers live on Periscope. The interview can be seen at the following link:  https://youtu.be/7v77rfcAIqI.
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