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Hospitality and tourism graduate conference

The University of South Carolina’s School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management kicked off the New Year at the 24th Annual Graduate Education and Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism held in Houston, Texas, on January 3–6, 2019.

January 2019 faculty, staff and alumni notes

Here’s a quick list of just a few of the accomplishments and milestones from across the college this month!

On the move

The College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management is on the move and will have a new home at the Close-Hipp Building in 2019.

Shaomian named president of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association

UofSC Associate Professor Armen Shaomian is the new president of a prestigious international organization which brings educators and industry leaders together to support emerging research and student success.

Career Journey: Cindy Spain-Green

Cindy Spain-Green is vice president of leasing for AmericasMart® Atlanta - the largest trade mart/trade show complex of its kind in the world.

Career Journey: Kevin Carroll

As senior vice president and chief operations officer for Applebee’s, Hospitality Management Alumnus Kevin Carroll oversees more than 1,700 restaurants across the U.S. He came back to campus on November 19 as the keynote speaker for the Dean’s Executive Lecture Series and took time to share his career journey and advice.

Putting the hospitality in health care

It is not a coincidence that hospital and hospitality share the same Latin origin, yet when many of us think about needing medical care or perhaps moving to an assisted living community — we don’t usually think of luxury service.

Taking the field

McKenzie Garrison will not officially claim her Master of Sport and Entertainment Management degree until Dec. 17, but her career has already launched.

Welcome to New York

Start spreading the news: Ellie Bonck is on her way to New York City as her childhood dreams begin to come true. Bonck, a senior at the University of South Carolina, will graduate this month with a Bachelor of Science in Retailing.

Caribbean calling

Happy people, warm island breezes, colorful festivals and the taste of pastechi are just a few of the things Zahria Barber discovered she loves about Aruba. But what’s more, she discovered a love for meeting new people and exploring the world.


An old saying tells us that if you find a job you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life. Tayler Metivier has embraced that philosophy, and it’s led her to finding her path at the University of South Carolina and a solid foundation for an incredibly successful career.

Career Journey: Brandon Ruth

I’m the logistics manager for the Atlanta Falcons. The best part of my job is that I am blessed to be able to work with the best players, coaches and staff in all of sports.

Win a trip to New York Fashion Week!

Calling all Gamecock fashionistas! The University of South Carolina’s Department of Retailing, UofSC Trademark Licensing and IMG College Licensing are teaming up to provide two UofSC students with a free trip to New York City to represent UofSC at New York Fashion Week in February.

Making a big deal of things

When you ask Parker Coggins if she can do a job, her answer is always an enthusiastic yes. That willingness to help has earned her a great deal of respect in her four years at the University of South Carolina.

HRSM 2018 distinguished alumni and friends award winners announced

The University of South Carolina’s College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM) is proud to announce the winners of its 2018 HRSM Distinguished Alumni and Friends Awards.

UofSC tops U.S. in sport science for third straight year

The University of South Carolina’s sport science programs are making an impact around the world, and the success has earned global recognition.

Cheers to teaching excellence

Sandy Strick is a 30-year veteran of the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) faculty. As a nationally-known sommelier and the founding director of the Wine and Beverage Institute at Carolina, Strick transfers her excellence to the students in her undergraduate and doctoral-level classes.

Department of Retailing pilots new social media listening curriculum with Keyhole

Social media has changed the game for retailers, giving customers a microphone to share their feedback directly and publicly with the companies they shop with.

SEVT Fall 2018

The Sport Entertainment and Venues Tomorrow Conference (SEVT) will celebrate its 21st anniversary Nov. 14-16 at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center with a truly impressive group of keynote speakers to mark the occasion.

Equine economy

New interdisciplinary research will provide state leaders with crucial information on growing sector of economy.

Career Journey: William S. Dissen

William S. Dissen, Master of International Hospitality and Tourism Management, 2006, tells how he crafted his career to become owner and executive chef of The Market Place and Haymaker Restaurants, and Billy D's Fried Chicken.

McCutchen House gets cooking

A restaurant offering some of the best food in the capital city sits on the historic Horseshoe at the University of South Carolina, and it will soon be open for a new season.

National championship pick

Football season is here, and the goal for the Gamecocks is the College Football Playoff. If they get there, they’ll find a University of South Carolina alumna waiting, thanks to her performance off the field.

Going up

University of South Carolina's School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management recently jumped eight spots in the ShanghaiRanking's Global Rankings of Academic Subjects 2018.

Model Mentor: Sporty Jeralds

Sporty Jeralds was a teacher and mentor long before he became a professor of sport and entertainment management at the University of South Carolina, and long before educating young people was included in his job description.


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