Sport and Recreation Management - June 2019 Newsletter

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June 10, 2019

The University of Iowa Sport and Recreation Management program has grown rapidly in recent years, and the fact that undergraduate students have embraced online learning has contributed to the expansion of class offerings. We are excited to share that the breadth of choices factored into UISRM recently garnering recognition as one of’s Best Online Bachelor’s in Sports Management programs for 2019!

All of the curriculum’s foundation courses are delivered online every fall and spring semester, and a number of electives for the major are available to support distance learners in pursuit of their desired concentration areas. Several web-based summer options exist, as well, so classes can be taken from any location while individuals gain hands-on experience in the industry.

As part of this edition of our newsletter, you will discover how these online opportunities have benefited multiple students in their academic pursuits:

  • B.J. Hermsen (pictured right), who is among the first UISRM online degree graduates, has coached interscholastic athletics teams in northeast Iowa after pitching for eight years with affiliates of the Minnesota Twins.
  • Cody Oakes, currently an umpire at the Triple-A level of Minor League Baseball, is using the flexibility of distance learning to map out a plan that balances online classes with his professional aspirations in sport.
  • John Leo and Kyle Mickle, on campus students driven to acquire valuable field experience outside of Iowa City, are examples of individuals who remained on track to earn their diplomas via online coursework.

A common thread that exists among these success stories is baseball. B.J., Cody, John, and Kyle each have spent time meeting online class expectations as part of their daily schedules before and after logging many hours at the ballfield. The flexibility of distance learning through UISRM is another example of how the program is focused on helping students achieve their goals in a dynamic industry.

If you have questions about the online Bachelor of Science degree in Sport and Recreation Management, please email In addition to the major, two Coaching Authorization classes for licensure in Iowa and courses for the Interscholastic Athletics/Activities Administration Certificate are available for completion by distance learners, too.

Enjoy reading how our students are making the most of the online UISRM options and more as you explore the content in our summer newsletter!

Kara Kehe

Lecturer, Sport and Recreation Management
Program Liaison for Prospective Online Students

Second Act: UISRM Feature - B.J. HermsenBJ Hermsen with parents

Many children dream of playing professional sports. B.J. Hermsen was able to realize that dream as a professional baseball player with the Minnesota Twins organization. However, once his career ended, B.J. turned to the UISRM online Bachelor of Science program to begin a new chapter in his life and position him for a successful post-baseball career. Learn more about B.J.'s story in this feature newsletter story.

Play Ball: UISRM Feature - Cody OakesCody Oakes Headshot

While his skills as a catcher didn't earn him a place in professional baseball, his skills as an umpire have. Cody Oakes is climbing the ranks as a professional umpire in pursuit of his goal of umpiring in Major League Baseball. Learn about Cody's journey and his participation in the UISRM online degree program as he develops as an umpire in this feature newsletter story.

Engagement Opens DoorsJon and Kyle 200x142

While UISRM prides itself on experiential learning, it also offers tools for students to grow their experience portfolio and network. Students who participate in volunteer experiences, make personal connections with professionals in the industry, and leverage TeamWork Online secure unique and valuable employment opportunities. Learn how John Leo and Kyle Mickle secured and were able to accept such employment.

UISRM Competes at 2019 NSF Case CupCase Cup w Play Image

The National Sports Forum (NSF) invites the 'who's who' of sport business graduate programs to compete in their annual Case Cup Competition. This year, NSF invited UISRM to compete against the University of Oregon, Ohio University, George Washington University, and eight other programs. Learn from Crew Keller, Austin Weaver, Camden Palmisano, and Diana Dovenspike about the competition and what attending NSF provided to them.

Why We Give / Support UISRM (1 Day for Iowa)1 Day for Iowa Image with Play

UISRM was once again invited to participate in the UI Center for Advancement's 1 Day for Iowa campaign. The program topped its 2018 performance by placing fifth among programs in participation and won the Sunrise Challenge. Learn why Anna Jensen and Packy Moran participated, hear a special message from students, and understand how you can support UISRM and its experiential learning opportunities.

UISRM Achievements (June 2019)Maya Litchfield Headshot

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