Sport and Recreation Management - March 2022 Newsletter

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Big Ten Field Trip
March 23, 2022

Greetings from the spring semester! Campus is returning to life this week after spring break, and the Sport and Recreation Management program has big plans for the few remaining weeks in the semester, including field trips to Kansas City (Chiefs, Royals, Sporting KC) and Central Iowa (Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union), sponsorship of and student and faculty involvement in the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association Convention, a community pickleball tournament and more.  UISRM is refreshed from spring break and ready to get back in the game!

As our ambitious schedule for the remainder of the semester indicates, the SRM program is a leader on campus when it comes to developing innovative initiatives that benefit our students and serve the community, and that is the theme of this edition of the UISRM newsletter: leadership and innovation. In this newsletter you will find, among other stories, a feature on Madison (Waymire) Melchert who was an academic and athletic leader on campus as a Hawkeye student-athlete and is now leading young athletes at the Iowa high school she graduated from, Dallas Center-Grimes, as Assistant Activities/Athletics Director. Additionally, there is a story on the leadership of UISRM faculty member Anna Jensen who developed an experiential learning opportunity and led a group of UISRM students to Los Angeles to gain event management experience during the Super Bowl. And as usual, there is a roundup of student and alumni achievements and many more stories to bring you up to date on all the UISRM happenings.

One of many announcements we are proud to share in this newsletter has to do with our enhanced commitment to student leadership through scholarship support. UISRM has many exceptional student leaders in the program; to support and recognize exemplary student leaders and further strengthen our program’s culture of leadership, we recently established the UISRM Leadership and Innovation Scholarship. In the next few weeks, you will see announcements on our social media platforms of scholarship awards to our most outstanding student leaders and innovators who step up in big ways in the UISRM program, on campus, in the community, in their workplaces, and elsewhere to improve the world around them and help lead our program forward.

This edition of the newsletter also features other new scholarships that UISRM established this year and 15 recent scholarship awards. In total, the UISRM program has $75,000 to award in scholarships this academic year, which is astonishing progress; just five years ago, our program had no UISRM-specific scholarships to offer, and student fees were required for nearly all co-curricular opportunities.

A major contributor to the financial support that makes all these scholarships possible and reduces student fees is UISRM’s success during the One Day for Iowa campaign on the UI campus. As many of you know, UISRM won the One Day for Iowa friendly campus competition last year – beating out well-established campus areas with far more alumni such as Tippie College of Business and the Athletics Department – which helped secure significant additional funding for scholarships, field trips, the UISRM symposium, travel competition teams and more. I encourage you to read the feature story by Chris and Jodi Kearney on their reasons for supporting UISRM – they were leaders among our community of supporters during last year’s One Day for Iowa and are looking forward to helping UISRM finish atop the leaderboard again on March 30.

One Day for Iowa is just a week away on March 30. If you have the ability to support UISRM at any level (gifts can start as low as $10), please consider making your gifts at this link: support UISRM on #1DayForIowa. The more times you give between now and 11:59 p.m. on March 30, the more UISRM will move up in the One Day for Iowa rankings when the leaderboard opens on that day.

We want to show Hawkeye Nation the extent of our UISRM pride with back-to-back #1DayForIowa victories so we can continue expanding our scholarships and further reduce our reliance on student fees. Break your intended gift into multiple smaller gifts to have maximum impact – I have been making small daily donations at the One Day for Iowa link above to help build up our total number of donations. Follow the One Day for Iowa leaderboard online March 30 and continue giving on the big day to help us climb to the top again when One Day for Iowa concludes – our #1DayForIowa victory last year earned the program enough in extra “challenge” funds from the UI Center for Advancement to expand and fully fund this year’s UISRM Diversity Scholarships, which were recently awarded to eight deserving students. You can learn more about #1DayForIowa at the website including details on the many ways – including no-cost social media posting – you can support UISRM during the competition.

Please enjoy and share the newsletter with others who may be interested in receiving it and let us know of updated email addresses or new recipients to add to our list. We are always building the newsletter distribution list, and your updates help with that process.

If you have feedback, questions, achievements to share, or story recommendations, please contact one of the members of the UISRM newsletter committee listed below:

Alex Voss: alex-voss@uiowa.edu  //  Anna Jensen: anna-jensen@uiowa.edu

Thank you for reading and for being part of our community!

Dan Matheson

Associate Professor of Instruction and Program Director


Leading by ExampleMelchert Headshot

As a Hawkeye, Madison (Waymire) Melchert was a leader in the classroom and on the track. Now as the Assistant Activities Director at Dallas Center-Grimes, she hopes to build culture and community among Filly and Mustang athletes and their families while paving the way for more female Athletics/Activities Directors. Learn more about Madison's story in this UISRM Newsletter feature.


Messages of GratitudeScholarship Teaser Picture

There are many costs associated with attending college, including those for experiential learning opportunities available to UISRM students. However, the generosity of the UISRM community is helping to reduce costs and help plant the seeds for personal growth that can transform lives. Learn who recently received scholarships, hear from several UISRM students about their gratitude, and learn what the program has in store next.


NBA VP of Basketball Operations Visits Iowa CityGlissman with Students

Garth Glissman, NBA Vice President of Basketball Operations, is living proof that any experience in sport and recreation, coupled with dedication to one's profession, can open doors. Mr. Glissman visited Iowa City in February for a day of presentations and networking with students. Learn more about his background, his recent visit, and what UISRM students had to say about his passion for mentoring students.


Hawks play integral role in Super Bowl fan experienceStudents at Super Bowl

Story: Emily Nelson, Iowa Newsletter

The University of Iowa Sport and Recreation Management program, which emphasizes experiential learning, in February saw eight students and an instructor travel to Super Bowl LVI to help move fans to and from SoFi Stadium.


Getting into the gameMaddie McCarron Headshot

Story: Sara Epstein Moninger / Photography: David Scrivner, Matt Jansen, Jason Rubin, and University of Iowa Athletics / Video: Matt Jansen, Iowa Newsletter

As a University of Iowa undergraduate, Maddie McCarron is already zeroing in on her goal of covering sports for a major media organization in a metropolitan area.


Why We Give - Kearney FamilyKearney Family

Ryan Kearney (BS 2021) not only recognized the experiential learning opportunities provided by UISRM, but he also seized them. On top of excelling in the classroom, Ryan participated in several guided field experiences and led the UISRM Club, organizing countless professional development opportunities for others. For this, his family is eternally grateful. Learn more about why Ryan's parents, Chris and Jodi give, and how you can support UISRM through #1DayForIowa.


UISRM Achievements (March 2022)Jazmine Constantino

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, updates, or news that you would like to share.