40 Maryville sport business students worked a fast-pitch softball tournament in Chesterfield over two weekends, Oct. 25 -27 and Nov. 1 – 3. Students were busy helping Worth, Rawlings Softball brand, with market research and product sales. Chelsea Wilson, Worth’s brand manager, had this to say about her Maryville sport business volunteers: “The students’ performance was outstanding, we could not have run the promotion and sales booth without them.”
This fall, Maryville Sport Business students Joann Thompson and Jordan Wysocki developed a comprehensive market research database for Rawlings. The database took three months to complete, and should be very useful to Rawlings in the future. “Jordan and Joann’s work was outstanding,” says Rawlings consumer research manager, Curt Pahl. “This was valuable for them, because market research is a large part of every sport business organization, and this was very helpful for us as Rawlings, because it helps us make product decisions moving forward.”
Jason Williams, Director of the Rawlings Sports Business Management Program, at the 2013 World Series Gala. The Gala took place on October 25, 2013. It was attended by many professionals in not only the business of sport but the St. Louis business community.
Joann Thompson (right) is a senior in the Rawlings Sports Business Program. She is currently taking the Sports Entertainment course taught by Rob Fasoldt. Mr. Fasoldt is the Director of Ticket Sales & Services for the St. Louis Cardinals. He rewarded the top student in his class with tickets to a Cardinals playoff game. Joann received those tickets after her hard work throughout the semester. The game she and her friend, Alex Wolf attended was against the Los Angeles Dodgers and they were given tickets to a suite.
This past September at the Safeway Classic Pro-Am Tournament in Portland, Oregon, Game Face founder Rob Cornilles got to hang with top-ranked LPGA golfer Ai Miyazato. Here is Rob, watching Ai tee-off at the 10th hole, sporting a Maryville Rawlings Sport Business polo. As he put it, he was “wearing the Maryville swag with pride!”
Interview with Dr. Erin McNary, Assistant Professor in the Rawlings Sport Business Management Program
Dr. Erin McNary is the newly appointed, Assistant Professor in the Rawlings Sport Business Management Program. Dr. McNary received her Bachelors in Applied Life Studies/ Sports Management from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She then went on to obtain a Masters in Kinesiology and Athletic Administration from Indiana University (IU). Finally, she received a Ph. D in Sports Management with a minor in Higher Education & Student Affairs from IU. With prior teaching experience at Fontbonne University, St. Louis University, and Indiana University to name a few; Dr. McNary is eager to establish herself here at Maryville and continue the growth of our brand.
Have you had an intern or grad Assistant? If so, what was your experience with them?
I have had an intern. It was a great experience because she was very energetic and hardworking. She also had a lot of experience, so that was very helpful. She did a lot of little jobs that that allowed me to focus on my bigger projects.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I am a certified yoga instructor at Yoga Six and love practicing yoga. I also like to run, play tennis and basketball, and travel. When possible, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
What are your feelings about switching over to Maryville?
I am very excited about this new challenge. I look forward to meeting all of the students in the Rawlings Sport Business Program and continuing to build on the successes of the program. Teaching, advising, service, and research are all passions of mine, and I think Maryville is the right fit for me. I am also excited to work with Jason because he has so much energy and passion for the business of sport.
Tell us about your goals for the program?
My goals for our program are that we continue the success of the program and University. I believe we could be do this by increasing quality, connections in the business (local, national, international) and experiences for our students.
Do you have a piece of advice for the new students coming into the program?
My advice for the new students is to get involved on campus and in your major, meet as many people as you can socially and professionally and take advantage of all opportunities. In addition, volunteer as much as you can and don’t just go to your classes, be present; participate, ask questions, get to know your professors. Finally know that there are resources for you on campus if you need anything, especially your advisors.
What would your advice be for students that have been in the program for 1+ years?
For students that have been going through the program I would say, continue your growth academically and experience wise. Be open to possibilities. Every experience opens a new opportunity and will add to your skill set. Keep volunteering, continue a great work ethic, and stay positive. Take it one day at a time because if you are patient then it will come to you. Finally, always meet new people and expand your network.
What do you expect out of your students?
I expect my students to work hard, have a great work ethic and communicate with me. They should show passion for the business of sport. Most importantly, be able to connect course material and be able to use it in the field.
Rawlings Sports Business Majors Annual Beginning of the Year Meeting
On September 4, the Rawlings Sports Business majors had their annual, beginning of the year meeting. The night included a welcome from Rawlings Senior VP and Rawlings Sports Business Advisory Board member. Followed by, a panel discussion on “The State of Collegiate Athletics”. The panel consisted of moderator, Tom Ackerman who is the Sports Director at KMOX, Mark Alnutt the Director of Athletics at Southeast Missouri State, T.J. Shelton the Associate Athletic Director of Sports Administration at The Ohio State University, and our very own Marcus Manning the Director of Athletics at Maryville University.