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The economic impact of the equine industry in South Carolina has nearly quadrupled in the past 14 years, and now contributes nearly $2 billion and 29,000 jobs annually to the state's economy.

Her turn at bat

Regan Durham will graduate in May with a B.S. in Sport and Entertainment Management, but her journey to the big leagues has already begun.

Upcycled denim designs

There are many on-ramps for the road to success. University of South Carolina retailing major Sarah-Jane Long found her entrance as a high school freshman, and all because of a fashion trend.

March faculty, staff and alumni news and notes

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

Building a vibrant future for South Carolina

Customer experience industries are the lifeblood of South Carolina and the foundation for vibrant economies and communities across the state.

Grady recognized for leadership and academic excellence in sport law

University of South Carolina Professor John Grady has received an award regarded as the single highest honor for scholarly achievements in sport law.

March Madness in Columbia

For the first time in almost 50 years, March Madness returns to Columbia, S.C., with the city chosen as a host site for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Career Journey: Mamee Groves

Mamee Groves' first taste of hospitality in a restaurant setting was McDonald’s, but she found her love for working with people even earlier.

New internship supports women in sport management

The University of South Carolina and Monumental Sports & Entertainment are proud to announce a new internship program for female students majoring in sport and entertainment management.

Fall 2018 honors list students

Congratulations to the following HRSM students who made the fall 2018 Dean's and President's Lists.

Let's get analytical: Using data analytics to measure social media interaction

Imagine how many threads of social media a professional sports team might generate in a single day. Now imagine tracking each one — every tweet, every Facebook comment, every Instagram post — every day for every team in Major League Baseball.

Making it to the Big Show

17 UofSC students spent part of their winter break at the country's largest retail convention: the NRF Big Show in New York City.

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.


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