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2023 News, Notes and Awards

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    Sarah-Jane (SJ) Andersen, '20, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Sarah-Jane (SJ) Andersen started a new position as artist relations assistant at EmuBands in Glasgow, Scotland.

  • Marissa Bayer headshot

    Marissa Bayer, '20, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Marissa Bayer was promoted to director of marketing and fan experience with the University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics.

  • Riki Benniger headshot

    Riki Benninger, '18, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Riki Benninger started a new position as sales manager at the Hilton Garden Inn Denver Union Station.

  • Eric Bischofberger headshot

    Eric Bischofberger, Hospitality Management

    Eric Bischofberger accepted a new position as director of operations at Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head.

  • Gabrielle Brown headshot

    Gabrielle Brown, '23, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Gabrielle Brown began a new position as a guest services associate with the Atlanta Braves.

  • Madison Butler headshot

    Madison Butler, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Madison Butler accepted a guest experience internship with the Miami Dolphins for the summer of 2023.

  • Silvia Chinellato headshot

    Silvia Chinellato, '19, Tourism Management, '21, Master of International Hospitality and Tourism Management

    Silvia Chinellato, head men's and women's tennis coach at Mt. St. Mary's University, earned her first win as an NCAA tennis head coach.

  • Jessica Dong headshot

    Jessica Dong, '22, Tourism Management

    Jessica Dong accepted a new position as regional assistant in the membership and commercial department at the World Travel and Tourism Council.

  • Madeline Eisenlord headshot

    Madeline Eisenlord, '23, Retailing

    Madeline Eisenlord accepted a new position as an inbound sales development representative with Flexport in Atlanta.

  • Miriam Feng headshot

    Miriam Feng, '21, Hospitality Management, '23, Master of International Hospitality and Tourism Management

    Miriam Feng accepted a new position as finance voyager with Ritz-Carlton in Aruba.

  • Jarett Gerald headshot

    Jarett Gerald, '11, Sport and Entertainment Management, '15, Master of Sport and Entertainment Management

    Jarett Gerald started a new position as director of revenue strategy at Duke University.

  • Shalonda Goins headshot

    Shalonda Goins, '12, Hospitality Management

    Shalonda Goins was promoted to region manager with Waffle House.

  • Mike Harrison headshot

    Mike Harrison, '91, Sport Management

    Mike Harrison was named tournament director of the Simmons Bank Championship, a new PGA Tour Champions event coming to Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock, Arkansas in October 2024.

  • Aaron Henderson headshot

    Aaron Henderson, '13, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Aaron Henderson accepted a new position as an agent with Klutch Sports Group.

  • Dylan Jacob headshot holding Washington Capitals jersey

    Dylan Jacob, '22, Sport and Entertainment Management 

    Dylan Jacob started a new position as manager, regional sales with the  Washington Capitals.

  • Meghan Keeler headshot giving Spurs Up sign

    Meghan Keeler, '23, Tourism Management

    Meghan Keeler accepted a new position as a regional admissions representative with USC.

  • Haley Lynch in front of Williams-Brice Stadium

    Haley Lynch, '23, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Haley Lynch accepted a new position as sportsbook operations coordinator with BetMGM.

  • Kristin Malek headshot

    Kristin Malek, '12, Master of International Hospitality and Tourism Management

    Kristin Malek won the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) Bob Dallmeyer Educator of the Year Award. The award is presented to IAEE members who possess outstanding creativity, a positive attitude and the ability to transfer knowledge through good communication skills and innovative teaching to promote life-long learning to exhibitions and events industry professionals.

  • Jana Medlin headshot

    Jana Medlin, '06, Hospitality Management

    Jana Medlin earned the 2023 Community Service award for the Wingate Inn by Wyndham.

  • Katlynn Motz headshot

    Katlynn Motz, '22, Retailing (Fashion Merchandising and Digital Innovations)

    Katlynn Motz accepted a new position as an assistant fashion buyer at It's Fashion, a division of Cato Corporation.

  • Elijah Neal headshot

    Elijah Neal, '23, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Elijah Neal started a new position as assistant account executive at Retail Sports Marketing.

  • Nikki O'Brien headshot

    Nikki O'Brien, '11, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Nikki O'Brien accepted a promotion to senior director, promotions marketing with the Harlem Globetrotters.

  • Elli Peltonen headshot

    Elli Peltonen, '18, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Elli Peltonen was promoted to director of ticket services with the Baltimore Ravens.

  • Carla Vaca Pinacho headshot

    Carla Vaca Pinacho, '22, Tourism Management

    Carla Vaca Pinacho accepted a new position as DEI project coordinator for Miles Partnership.

  • Liliann Pineda headshot

    Liliann Pineda, '18, Retailing

    Liliann Pineda received the Continuing Excellence Award from USC's Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support.

  • Joe Sasso headshot

    Joe Sasso, '23, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Joseph Sasso started a new position as assistant director of student ticketing with University of South Carolina Athletics.

  • Kellie Taylor holding #23 jersey with her name on the back

    Kellie Taylor, '22, B.S. Sport and Entertainment Management, '23, Master of Sport and Entertainment Management

    Kellie Taylor started a new position with BSE Global as account executive of membership sales. BSE Global is the parent company of Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets, New York Liberty, Long Island Nets, and NBA 2K League affiliate NetsG.

  • Frank Terrapin IV headshot

    Frank Terrapin IV, '19, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Frank Terrapin IV was promoted to assistant director of athletics parking with USC Athletics.

  • John Thomas headshot

    John Thomas, '05, Retailing

    John Thomas was named to Morgan Stanley's prestigious Pacesetter's Club, a global recognition program for financial advisors who have demonstrated the highest level of professional standards and first-class client service.

  • Alexandra Visconti headshot

    Alexandra Visconti, '22, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Alexandra Visconti was promoted to membership experience executive for the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden Sports Corp.

  • Addison Williams headshot

    Addison Williams, '10, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Addison Williams was promoted to defensive coordinator for the University of Central Florida football team.

  • Rebecca Yepez headshot

    Rebecca Yepez, '22, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Rebecca Yepez accepted a position as assistant, ballpark operations with the Seattle Mariners.

  • Lindsey Zybrick headshot

    Lindsey Zybrick, '17, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Lindsey Zybrick was named to the International Association of Venue Managers Foundation's Class of 2023 30 Under 30.

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