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2021 News, Notes and Awards


  • Silvia Chinelatto headshot

    Silvia Chinellatto, '21 Accelerated B.S. to M.S. Sport and Entertainment Management

    Silvia Chinellatto has accepted job at the Chevy Chase Club in Maryland as a tennis professional.

  • Cali Foster headshot

    Cali Foster, '19 Retailing

    Cali Foster has accepted a new position as store manager at Vince in Charlotte, N.C.

  • Kelly Evans and Jason Grieshaber just married photo together

    Kelly Evans, '10 B.S., '14 M.S., '19 Ph.D., Sport and Entertainment Management

    Congratulations to three-time HRSM alumna, Kelly Evans, on her marriage to Jason Grieshaber. In true Gamecock fashion, Kelly and Jason had "Sandstorm" played at their wedding reception.

  • Layne Shinaberry headshot

    Layne Shinaberry, '19 Sport and Entertainment Management

    Layne Shinaberry has been named South Region Employee of the Week at Learfield IMG College Ticket Solutions.

  • Kristin Malek headshot

    Kristin Malek, '12 M.I.H.T.M.

    Alumna Kristin Malek (Master of International Hospitality and Tourism Management) hosted a webinar on “Learning Engagement Strategies” for a virtual program led by Sumy State University and Washington State University.

  • Tayler Metivier headshot

    Tayler Metivier, '19 Hospitality Management

    Alumna Tayler Metivier's career in hospitality has already taken her from one end of the U.S. to the other. Her success at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort in Hawaii led her to her her new role as assistant executive housekeeper at Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms.

  • Madalyn Hair stands in front of the entry to Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City

    Madalyn Hair, '20 Retailing

    Madalyn Hair has a new role as an accessories consultant with Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City. Madalyn interned there while a UofSC student.

  • Ashley Zimmer headshot

    Ashley Zimmer, '18 B.S. Hospitality Management; '20 M.I.H.T.M.

    Two-time UofSC alumna Ashley Zimmer is now front office manager at Homewood Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District.

  • Cole Leonard headshot

    Cole Leonard, '17 Sport and Entertainment Management

    Cole Leonard has a new role as golf events specialist with Peter Millar.

  • William Howell headshot

    William Howell, '19 Sport and Entertainment Management

     Beaufort Academy has a new athletic director — William Howell.

  • Elizabeth Martin headshot

    Elizabeth Martin, '17 Hospitality Management

    Elizabeth Martin has a new position with OneTrust as a marketing events coordinator.

  • Jisset Pena headshot

    Jisset Pena, '08 Sport and Entertainment Management

    Athlete Manager Jisset Pena recently spoke at Professor Armen Shaomian's Entertainment and Law class. Jisset represents stars including Juju Smith-Schuster and Rudy Gay.

  • Lindsey Zybrick headshot

    Lyndsey Zybrick. '17, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Lyndsey Zybrick has been named one of the Jaguars Teammates of the Quarter.

  • Me'Lisa Barber representing the USA running in a track meet

    Me'Lisa Barber, '02 Retailing

    Activist, track star and retailing alumna Me'Lisa Barber is an NCAA and World Champion who is training for the 2021 Olympics. Off the track, it's just as hard to keep up with her. 

  • Rex and Kary Galloway headshot

    Rex, '86 Hospitality Management and Kary Galloway, '86, B.A.I.S.

    Rex and Kary Galloway each made Black Stream International's Top Producers of 2020 list.

  • Riley Cain headshot

    Riley Cain, '14 Sport and Entertainment Management

    Riley Cain's passion for collegiate athletics and higher education has led her to a new role as director of the Ram Athletic Fund at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

  • Erinn Rowe headshot

    Erinn Rowe, '99 Hospitality Management

    Erinn Rowe has been named the new CEO of Harvest Hope Food Bank.

  • Delaina Pinckney headshot

    Delaina A. Pinckney, '20 Fashion Merchandising

    Delaina A. Pinckney's successful business, The Stylish Vault, started as a project for her graduate studies and turned into pop-up shops and a brick-and-mortar location in Columbia.

  • Zach Watson headshot

    Zach Watson, '18, B.S. Sport and Entertainment, M.S.E.M. '20 

    Two-time UofSC HRSM alumnus Zach Watson helped make it possible for us to watch the NCAA men's Final Four. Zach works for  REVEL XP, the company in charge of staging / camera wells for the basketball venues.

  • Parker Coggins headshot

    Parker Coggins, '19, Hospitality Management

    Parker Coggins has a new role as lead planner for Alexandra Madison Weddings.

  • Lauren Haisfield Coggins headshot

    Lauren Haisfield, '21, Sport and Entertainment Management (minor in Hospitality Management)

    Soon-to-graduate Lauren Haisfield has accepted a management training position with Cherokee Town and Country Club in Atlanta.

  • Shelby Burnette headshot

    Shelby Burnette, '20, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Shelby Burnette has accepted the role of assistant director of marketing with Louisiana Tech Athletics. Shelby interned in marketing with Gamecock Athletics while a student at UofSC.

  • Amy Bardi, the founder of Clothed in Hope, stands with one of her students and several other colorfully dressed women at their graduation from the Clothed In Hope program in a village in Zambia..

    Amy Bardi, '12, Retailing

    Congratulations to Amy Woodell Bardi, founder of Clothed in Hope, as the organization celebrates its 10th anniversary.

  • Nina Scherer headshot

    Nina Scherer, '20,  Hospitality Management

    Summa cum laude Hospitality Management grad Nina Scherer is beginning her career as a wedding coordinator at Sea Island Resort.

  • Kelli Lynch headshot

    Kelli Lynch, '20, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Sport and Entertainment Management grad Kelli Lynch has a new role as a sales associate with Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment! HB owns and operates the Philadelphia 76Sixers, the New Jersey Devils, the Prudential Center and much more.

  • Jim Aaron headshot

    Jim Aaron, '87, Retailing

    Retailing alumnus Jim Aaron who became the executive director with Floor Covering Education Foundation. Jim has spent extensive time working in the retailing field, particularly in carpets and flooring, and will continue this focus in his new position.

  • Darren Uscher headshot

    Darren Uscher, '09, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Sport and Entertainment Management alumnus Darren Uscher was named the director of recruiting for Auburn Football.

  • Carolyn Snee headshot

    Carolyn Snee, '10, Hospitality Management

    Carolyn Snee has a new position as a station operations manager with one of the top companies in the world, Amazon. 

  • Kate Ashton headshot

    Kate Ashton, '20, Hospitality Management

    Raise a glass to Kate Ashton  who has started a new position as a wine sales representative with Empire Distributors, Inc.

  • Sophie Kerr-Dineen headshot

    Sophie Kerr-Dineen, '14, Retailing

    Sophie Kerr-Dineen was recently promoted to director of social media and influence at Science Magic Inc., a company that uses art and technology to build engaging brands for companies and people.

  • Logan Hudson stands with a friend at Raymond James Stadium for Super Bowl LV.

    Logan Hudson, '18, B.S., '19, M.S.E.M, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Who do the venues hosting the world's biggest events hire? UofSC HRSM grads. Alumna Logan Hudson (right), now event coordinator at Raymond James Stadium just helped put on an incredibly successful Super Bowl, despite the pandemic. 

  • Melissa Karl headshot

    Melissa Karl, '12, Retailing

    Melissa Karl was recently promoted to VP of branding and marketing at Stone and Strand.

  • Will Traynor headshot

    Will Traynor, '11, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Will Traynor started a new position with Diageo North Americaas the South Carolina activation manager. Diageo is a wine and spirits company with 200+ brands in more than 180 countries worldwide.

  • Lance Brown headshot

    Lance Brown, '94, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Lance Brown is now CEO of Rhino Medical Supply, a company producing PPE to fight COVID19.

  • Alex Kunkle's dress design made the cover of Mac Duggal. The dress shown is a sleeveless shiny gold wrap.

    Alex Kunkle, '18, Retailing

    Why are we sharing the current cover photo from the Mac Duggal Facebook? Because Retailing alumna and Fashion Board at USC Student Designer Showcase winner Alex Kunkle designed this fabulous dress!

  • Philip Proctor headshot

    Philip Proctor, '16, Retailing

     Philip Proctor has joined IKEA USA as a communication and interior design manager in Minnesota. 

  • Kelly Dasch headshot

    Kelly Dasch, '19, Retailing

    Kelly Dasch began a new job with Amazon as an area manager in Jacksonville, Florida. 

  • Wesley Turner headshot

    Wesley Turner, '18, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Gamecock Baseball enjoyed a season-opening win, and who is making sure everything runs smoothly for the team and all involved? Director of Operations Wesley Turner does!

  • Michael Gaines headshot

    Michael Gaines, '97, B.S. Hospitality Management, '99 M.I.H.T.M.

    Congrats to two-time hospitality management alumnus Michael Gaines (bachelor's '97, master's '99) on being named the new general manager of Pigeon Forge Landing, the newest @RVCoutdoors destination, opening this spring!

  • Madison Benner stands on MLB Globe Life Field during the MLB bubble.t

    Madison Benner, '18, Sport and Entertainment Management

    It's a big day for baseball fans as pitchers and catchers report to spring training! It's also a big day for MLB staff like Madison Benner. Check out how she's helping navigate the national pastime through the pandemic challenges.

  • Collin Wilson headshot

    Collin Wilson, '19, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Collin Wilson has joined the coaching staff at Coastal Carolina Beach Volley Ball. 

  • Justin Kaminski headshot

    Justin Kaminski, '11, Hospitality Management

    Justin Kaminski has begun a new role as general manager of Hilton Hotels in Charleston, South Carolina!

  • Maya Williams headshot

    Maya Williams, '18 , Hospitality Management

    Maya Williams is a "Doer", and she is showing us "How Doers Get More Done". Maya landed a merchandising position with Home Depot in their South Atlantic Regional Office.

  • Danielle Minter headshot

    Danielle Minter, '13, Retailing

    Danielle Minter has been promoted to senior manager of planning for Luxottica Eyeglasses. Danielle moved back to the United States to accept this position after working abroad in Italy for 4 years.

  • Aaron Henderson headshot

    Aaron Henderson, '13, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Aaron Henderson is a NFL and NBA agent. In 2017, Front Office Sports honored Aaron as a "Rising 25" sports executive, age 25 and under. As a student, Aaron was very involved in AAAS, BOND, Student Government, UofSC HRSM Student Ambassadors and Kappa Alpha Psi.

  • Drew Brawner headshot

    Drew Brawner, '14, Hospitality Management

    Drew Brawner recently started a fresh new job with Sysco Columbia as a produce planner and advisor.

  • Natalie Perkowski headshot

    Natalie Perkowski, '20, Retailing

    Natalie Perkowski has started the Macys Merchandising Executive Development Program for Buying, Home Textiles. 

  • Syeth Spurrier headshot

    Syeth Spurrier, '13, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Syeth Spurrier has leveled up and joined the world of esports. He now works with Complexity as an account manager.

  • Erica Rauschenbach headshot

    Erica Rauschenbach, '20, Hospitality Management

    Erica Rauschenbach has landed a position with Bonura Hospitality Group as a catering sales coordinator.

  • Alexandria Hill stands holding a trophy in the NFL Club

    Alexandria Hill, '19, Sport and Entertainment Management

    You can't put on a Super Bowl without Alumna Alexandria Hill. Hill works for the NFL in Club Business Development, helping make events like the NFL Honors happen!

  • Caroline Riffel sits in her office with the Carter logo prominently displayed on her computer.

    Caroline Riffel, '16, Retail Management

    Congrats to Caroline Riffel as she joins Carter's at the company's Atlanta headquarters as an associate planner.

  • Victor Kidd headshot

    Victor Kidd, Ph.D., '19, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Congratulations to Victor Kidd for becoming the founder and CEO of Kidd Wellness Solutions & Consulting, LLC. Best of luck to Victor with this incredible opportunity.

  • Lyric Swinton kneels on a football field and gives the "spurs up" hand signal

    Lyric Swinton, '20, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Lyric Swinton now registers athletic departments across the South to vote with Secure The Ballot.

  • Joy Bryant headshot

    Joy Bryant, '90, Hospitality Management

    Joy Bryant recently became the dual director of sales for the Hilton Garden Inn and the Home2Suites by Hilton Downtown in Columbia.

  • Elizabeth Browne headshot

    Elizabeth Browne, '19, M.S.E.M., Sport and Entertainment Management

    Elizabeth Browne stepped into the assistant manager of strategy and data position with USA Triathlon.

  • Hunter Yarbro headshot

    Hunter Yarbro, '20, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Congratulations to Hunter Yarbro who has joined the Atlanta Hawks franchise as a member associate.

  • Kelly Ervin headshot

    Kelly Ervin, '16, Hospitality Management

    Kelly Ervin received a promotion to human resources business partner lead with Belk. 

  • Laura McCall headshot

    Laura McCall, '11, Retail Management

    Laura McCall recently joined Acushnet Company as a footwear designer. Acushnet Company is a premier leader in the golf industry, home to brands such as Titleist and FootJoy.

  • Kalynne Lozupone headshot

    Kalynne Louzupone, '09, Sport and Entertainment Management

    The hospitality industry has recruited another HRSM alumna. Kalynne Lozupone is now director of catering at Mandarin Oriental.

  • Shalaeya Brown headshot

    Shalaeya Brown, '13, Retail Management (Fashion Merchandising)

    Congratulations to Shalaeya Brown for becoming the newest public relations analyst for Lowes.

  • Keala Burks headshot

    Keala Burks, '20, Hospitality Management

    Newly promoted Army Sgt. First Class Keala Burks earned the promotion while finishing her bachelor's degree (with honors) and is now working on her master's!

  • Patrick Flynn headshot

    Patrick Flynn, '17, M.S.E.M., Sport and Entertainment Management 

    No stranger to the UofSC community, Patrick Flynn recently began his new role as interim director of communications and marketing with UofSC Student Life.

  • Kaile Catalano headshot

    Kaile Catalano, '17, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Kaile Catalano was recently promoted to senior account executive, brand with Edelman PR.

  • Brittany Doyle headshot

    Brittany Doyle, '12, Tourism Management

    Brittany Doyle is now a senior area marketing manager with Hyatt in Tampa, and was part of the Super Bowl LV Community Ambassador program.

  • Isaac Soloman headshot

    Isaac Solomon, '19, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Isaac Solomon has landed a position with Panther City Lacrosse as a partnership services coordinator. The Panthers are the newest addition to the NLL Lacrosse, and will begin playing in Nov. 2021.

  • Julia McAleer kneels on the Daytona Raceway and signs her name on the pavement of that legendary racetrack

    Julia McAleer, '20, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Congratulations to Julia McAleer who is off to a roaring start with NASCAR as a personal ticket consultant.

  • Sara Polllin, with arms spread wide, stands on a patio overlooking New York City buildings

    Sara Pollin, '20, Retail Management

    Sara Pollin has accepted a role with one of the biggest names in fashion as a merchandise coordinator for the handbags department of Michael Kors, New York City.

  • Ashley Thomas headshot

    Ashley Thomas, '20, Hospitality Management

    Congratulations to Ashley Thomas who will begin her career as an internet marketing specialist with webfx.

  • Sophie Large in graduation garb headshot

    Sophie Large, '20, Hospitality Management

    Recent graduate Sophie Long will be starting her career with Alexandra Madison Weddings in Columbia, South Carolina.

  • Bonnie Ayres stands in her Peter Millar office.

    Bonnie Ayres, '19, Retail Management

    Congratulations to Bonnie Ayres on her new position as store manager with Peter Millar in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Casey Sparks headshot

    Casey Sparks, '02, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Casey Sparks was announced as vice president of OVG Austin and assistant general manager of the Moody Center.

  • Heather Brown headshot

    Heather Brown, '19, Hospitality Management

    It may be getting colder in South Carolina, but alumna Heather Brown will be soaking up the sun in her new position with The Amelia Island Club as the Ocean Clubhouse supervisor.

  • Meredith Solheim headshot

    Meredith Solheim, '20, Retail Management

    Congratulations to Meredith Solheim who recently began her career with Belk in their Retail Development Program for Merchandising.

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