UISRM Achievements (June 2019)

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Current students are gaining valuable work experience through internships and practicums. Recent UISRM graduates are entering the sport and recreation industries with internships and full-time employment. Alumni are advancing toward their dream job. The achievements of UISRM students, alumni, and faculty that the program is aware of are below.

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  • Alex Hirdler (BS 2014 & MA 2016) accepted the position of Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance at Missouri State University after spending two years as Compliance Coordinator for the Oklahoma State University Athletics Department.
  • Dalton Speak (minor 2017) was promoted to CTM Special Projects Lead at Coyote Logistics.
  • Abimael Cruz (BS 2018) accepted the position of SBL Consultant with the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Zoe Douglas (BS 2018) accepted the position of Analytics and Business Intelligence Coordinator with 4FRONT.
  • Brian Froelich (BS 2018) was promoted to Fitness and Aquatics Coordinator with the Town of Snowmass Village.
  • Sarah (Kurtz) Vollaro (BS 2018) accepted the position of Athletic Administration and Leadership Development Intern with George Washington’s athletic department.
  • Josten Boyer (BS 2019) accepted an Inside Sales position with the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • Ben Colin (BS 2019) became the first Hawkeye student-athlete to receive the prestigious NCAA Jim McKay Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to one female and one male student-athlete who demonstrates achievement in sport communications or public relations. Ben will also enroll in the UISRM MA program beginning with the Fall 2019 Semester.
  • Michael Cope (BS 2019) will be a Recreation Services Graduate Assistant at Southeast Missouri State University beginning with the Fall 2019 Semester.
  • Jennifer Fisher (MA 2019) accepted the position of Social Content Creator with the Green Bay Packers.
  • Nate Hoepker (BS 2019) accepted the position of Event Management Intern with Hawkeye Athletics.
  • Joel Miller (BS 2019) accepted the position of Event Management Intern with Hawkeye Athletics.
  • Jake Stone (BS 2019) accepted a position in Baseball Operations for the Baltimore Orioles.
  • Austin Cullor (ex. BS 2019) accepted a summer internship with the Nashville Sounds minor league baseball team.
  • Paige Schlapkohl (ex. BS 2019) will attend the Master of Science International Events Management program at Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom beginning with the Fall 2019 Semester.
  • Tyler Wimber (BS 2019) accepted the position of Sales & Service Intern with the Charlotte Hornets.
  • Andrew Breitfelder (ex. BS 2020) is serving as an Editorial Intern with the Washington Redskins.
  • Cassie Buchholz (ex. BS 2020) is serving as Media Relations Intern for the High Point Rockers minor league baseball team.
  • Maddie Hoey (ex. BS 2020) accepted a position as Event Operations Intern at the Georgia State Games.
  • Maya Litchfield (ex. BS 2020, pictured above) accepted a Corporate Partnerships internship with the Oakland Athletics.
  • Robert McColaugh (ex. BS 2020) accepted the position of Consumer Sales Intern with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx.
  • Peter McElmeel (ex. BS 2020) accepted the position of Ticketing Intern at the Iowa Speedway.
  • Tanner Natzke (ex. BS 2020) accepted the position of Sales Intern with the Washinton Nationals.
  • Jordan Reid (ex. BS 2020) accepted the position of Turf Management/Grounds Crew at University of Iowa Athletic Department.
  • Brian Shallcross (ex. BS 2020) accepted the position of Athletic Office Intern at Wheaton Warrenville South High School.
  • Nicole Tennant (ex. BS 2020) accepted the position of Youth Sports Coordinator with the City of Iowa City.
  • Matt Walters (ex. BS 2020) accepted the position of Tournament Coordinator Intern with the Illinois Junior Golf Association.
  • Logan Smith (ex. minor 2021) accepted a summer internship position with the Chicago Bears in events and entertainment.

Fans First PracticumFans First Students

Students in this customer service and fan experience focused practicum had the opportunity to welcome visitors to campus from all over the world this semester! In their role as front-line guest services agents, working with University of Iowa Athletics, these 21 students worked more than 1,900 hours this semester. 

  • Peyton Arnold, Tigue Chimack, Thomas Clancy, Nick Corley, Zach Dreier, Weslee Dvorak, Katie Ehlers, Olivia Eiken, Lily Honnold, Trey Huerta, Henok Kidane, Gabi Koren, Bryce Lensing, Allie Payne, Morgan Perkins, Charity Pettit, Ryanne Rausch, Matt Roleck, Max Spiglanin, Sydney Tatam, and Kun Zhang.

In addition providing support and service at Hawkeye home events, they also worked special events like B1G Swimming & Diving Championships, B1G Men’s Gymnastics Championships and the B1G Men’s/Women’s Track and Field Championships. Also, thanks to the success of Iowa Women’s Basketball, many spent their spring break playing host to NCAA regional playoff teams, too!

Iowa Wild PracticumWild Practicum Group Photo

Congratulations to each of the students who successfully completed the Iowa Wild practicum course and provided creative solutions to a valuable industry partner!

  • Nicholas Auen, Conner Bast, Molly Braasch, Hannah Brobst, Kash Buse, Parker Dains, Blake Evans, Garrett Harkness, Abby Hidder, Trey Huerta, Jon Keller, Andrew Kent, Isaiah Klemp, Elias Kontopoulos, Robert Laible, Connor Lawhead, Bryce Lensing, Rob Mergens, David Nagel, Charity Pettit, Justin Preuschl, Shelby Reeves, John Teale, and Caroline Van Pelt.

A key component of the practicum is when students make sales calls for the Iowa Wild with an ability to sell a 10-game flex ticket package. During four nights of sales calls, students sold over $6,100 in ticket packages and over $2,450 on the final night of sales. The stated levels are records for total sold during the practicum and the highest single day of sales. In addition, students developed ticket packages and theme nights and presented their recommendations to Wild executives. While the Wild selected the 'Singles Night' concept as the best idea and the 'Grandparents Celebration' as the most creative suggestion, executives praised how practical and well researched all group's recommendations were.

Iowa Wolves PracticumWolves Practicum Students

Congratulations to each of the students who successfully completed the Iowa Wolves spring practicum course and provided creative solutions to a valuable industry partner!

  • Michael Aragon-Jacques, Brooke Arnold, Andy Bao, Michael Cope, Delayna Cotton, Erin Dwyer, Blake Evans, Griffin Fellows, Mitch Franklin, Kyra Hassman, Dan Hernandez, Trey Huerta, Madison Keith, Sam Klegon, Peter McElmeel, Carter Melrose, Michael Meyer, Logan Mozena, Cassi O’Leary, Michael Qin, Allen Rashid, Michael Saperstein, Colin Shultz, Kamryn Smith, Dane Vorbrich, Clay Weas, Jess Westendorf, and Jordan Winke.

Through the practicum, Colin Shultz was given the opportunity to travel to Minneapolis to visit the Minnesota Timberwolves’ offices and receive sales training from their staff. Iowa Wolves executives complimented all the student project teams on developing sports marketing and promotion recommendations that could be implemented in future years, and the team of Griffin Fellows, Delayna Cotton, Peter McElmeel and Michael Meyer was recognized by the Wolves’ executive staff as developing the top theme night promotion for their “Leaders of the Pack” Coaches Appreciation Night recommendation.

Kids on CourseKids on Course Group Photo

The Sport and Recreation Management program partnered with Kids on Course, a nonprofit affiliate of the Zach Johnson Foundation, for the first time in Spring 2019. The following 18 practicum participants engaged in service learning by interacting with two groups of 7th graders from Cedar Rapids during their University of Iowa campus visits in April:

  • Molly Breitbach, Lily Burns, Austin Cullor, Rachel David, Nick Easley, Sadie Ellsworth, Easton French, Garrett Harkness, Dan Hernandez, Madison Keith, Ryan Kriener, Grant Morse, Tanner Natzke, Allie Payne, Greta Rux, Paige Schlapkohl, Bailey Speraw, and Toren Young.

Small groups of these UISRM students also presented recommendations to school site managers in May on how to help youth develop soft skills, such as confidence and teamwork. Overall, the inaugural Kids on Course guided field experience class did a fantastic job building relationships and creating an event plan that will pave the way for future collaborations supporting initiatives of the Zach Johnson Foundation!

Old Capitol Futures PracticumOld Capitol Image

Congratulations to the 20 students who participated in the Old Capitol Futures practicum. The Old Capitol Futures, recently renamed the Old Capitol Tennis Championships, is the state of Iowa’s only current professional tennis tournament. 

  • TK Al-Amin, Macy Anderson, Laura Arens, Eric Beightol, Zach Dreier, Kelsey Glascott, Michael Greenstein, Nate Hoepker, Maddie Hoey, Henok Kidane, Guowei Li, Joel Miller, Grant Morse, Hannah Myers, Manaath Reath, Shelby Reeves, Jordan Reid, Ellen Sullivan, Caroline Van Pelt, Quincy Vandermuelen. 

Groups of students analyzed the tournament’s current and future inventory of assets to develop a sponsorship program to ensure the tournament’s future. In addition, students conducted research to make recommendations in regards to promising sponsorship categories and potential media partners. 


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