Sport and Recreation Management - February 2018 Newsletter

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Des Moines Program
February 12, 2018

Sport Business Journal recently voted Des Moines as the No. 1 Minor League Sports City in America, and it’s not hard to see why! Des Moines recently hosted the Solheim Cup, Men’s Division 1 NCAA Basketball Tournament, and the USSSA Baseball and Softball Championships. In 2018, Des Moines will host the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships, NAIA Wrestling and Volleyball Championships, and the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Championships. Add these sporting events to the Iowa Cubs, Iowa Wolves, Iowa Wild, Iowa Barnstormers, Iowa Games, and marquee auto racing at the Iowa Speedway, and you see why our students have an edge over the competition with this fantastic sport and recreation industry network.

UISRM faculty have seen the sport industry growing in Des Moines and understand that the University of Iowa plays a key role in helping to grow and develop this economic engine. The sport industry in Des Moines desires to strengthen the talent pipeline from Iowa City to the state’s capital. The creation of the Iowa Center for Higher Education (ICHE) on the campus of the former AIB College of Business and UISRM’s presence at it has provided an innovative opportunity for students to earn their SRM degree while supporting Des Moines’ sport and recreation industry while gaining crucial work experience.

Since UISRM’s foray into the Des Moines area as part of the ICHE, the program has gotten off to a strong start in the state’s capital. The ICHE’s Activities Center, partnership with Des Moines Area Community College, and Internship Village show the growth and opportunity that Des Moines offers students. When it comes to student opportunities to learn, gain experience, and connect with industry professionals, UISRM is uniquely positioned in Des Moines to deliver student success up to and after graduation.

Clint Huntrods, PhD

Director of Des Moines Sport & Recreation Management Program

UISRM's Academic Pathway in Des MoinesICHE

Des Moines' growing sport and recreation industries have led to a need of trained and experienced sport management professionals. The University of Iowa and UISRM have responded with the creation of the UI Des Moines Sport and Recreation Management program. As a result, students who aspire to work in sport and/or recreation are able to learn from faculty in a traditional academic setting while working for one of the many professional franchises, sport facilities, or recreation providers in the Des Moines area.

Iowa Wolves PracticumWolves w Flag

Twenty-six students will work with Associate Professor of Instruction and Program Director, Dan Matheson, to develop new theme nights and engage in a ticket sales competition for the Iowa Wolves, the NBA G League affiliate of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves. Learn more about the Guided Field Experience course and UISRM's connection to the Wolves' organization.

ICHE Activities CenterICHE Activities Center

UISRM students are developing autonomy, leadership, and decision-making skills through the Iowa Center for Higher Education (ICHE) Activities Center. Through two key tenants and frequent community use, the facility is flourishing. Learn from Tom Rice, director of ICHE, and Anna Jensen, Director, UISRM Office of Field Experience, on the value provided to UISRM students earning their degree in Des Moines.

Des Moines Internship Village at ICHEInternship Village

Des Moines offers ample internship opportunities for students and young professionals. Now, securing safe, affordable, and flexible housing is also possible for our students. The Des Moines Internship Village opened in May 2017 and is being leveraged by businesses to attract students from around the country to intern in the Greater Des Moines area.

Big Ten Football Championship GameBig Ten Championship

Twenty-four UISRM students traveled to Indianapolis on Friday, December 1, 2017 to help deliver a great fan experience at the Big Ten's Championship football game. Learn about the student’s behind-the-scenes tour as well as the many responsibilities they undertook as delegated by the game's security and crowd management provider, Contemporary Services Corporation.

Why We Give / Support UISRMQuillin Family

Andrew Quillin (BS 2013) and his wife, Tiffany, support UISRM and the program's experiential learning opportunities for students through the University of Iowa Center for Advancement. While Tiffany is not an alum of the program, she sees firsthand the program's impact on Andrew's career and together they find joy in supporting aspiring sport management professionals. Learn why the Quillin family gives and how you can support the UISRM program.

UISRM AchievementsGordon Dolphins

Current students, recent graduates, and UISRM alumni have been busy earning their way into and moving up within the sport industry. See the accomplishments that the UISRM program is aware of and let us know of any achievements that you would like to share.