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December 2014

Dr. Karen Danylchuk and her research team receive a Movember Foundation Grant 

Dr. Danylchuk, along with Drs. Petrella, Humphreys, and Stathokostas, were successful in an application to the Movember Foundation's Canadian Men's Health & Wellbeing Innovation Challenge for a project entitled Hockey Fans In Training: Hockey FIT. The $142,265.00 grant seeks to improve men’s health by using fan-based sports organizations to attract men who are ‘hard-to-reach’ and at ‘high risk of poor health’.  

The program will be linking fans of the Sarnia Sting and the London Knights with a novel healthy living program run at each of the team's respective facilities.

October 2014

Dr. Karen Danylchuk attends inaugural WASM Conference 

In her role as Vice-President of World Association for Sport Management, Dr. Danylchuk recently attend the inaugural WASM conference in Madrid that drew approximately 200 participants from 45 countries.  

Pictured here are Karen Danylchuk with her "Women in Sport Management" session panelists including Ruth Crabtree (UK), Anne-Marie Farrell (USA), Clare Hanlon (Australia), Rosa Lopez de D’Amico (Venezuela), and Janita van Wyk (South Africa).

September 2014

Congratulations to our recent Sport Management at Western graduates! 

Congratulations to our recent MA graduates: Lenore Chesworth (So You Want to be an Athletic Director at a Canadian University? A Delphi Study into the Current and Anticipated Future Leadership Skill Sets Required for the Role), Daniel Grbac (International Student-Athletes in the CIS: Motivations and Experiences), Katelyn Hogg (Social Media for Social Change? An Analysis of ParaSport Ontario's Twitter Content), Nicole Jacobs (Paralympic Representation in the Bid Book Process for the Olympic and Paralympic Games), and Matthew LaFleur (Aligning Leadership with Organizational Structure: A Conceptual Frameowrk of a Private Sport Medicine Clinic).

August 2014

Dr. Karen Danylchuk leads students on Amstrerdam trip 

Dr. Karen Danylchuk and students from her International Sport Management undergraduate course had the opportunity to interact with professors and peers from Johan Cruyff University.

The study abroad experience included attendance at a national team soccer game against Kazakhstan, a national level women's field hockey game, and a European Senior Tour golf event, a visit to the 1928 Olympic Stadium and Museum, and cultural visits to the Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, and seaside village of Volendam.

Details about the Johan Cryuff Institute are available here.

July 2014

Dr. Laura Misener and colleagues conduct research at the Commonwealth Games 

Dr. Laura Misener, and colleagues Dr. Gayle McPherson and Dr. David McGillivray from the University of West Scotland conducted onsite observations during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Western Sport Management PhD student, Kyle Rich managed a team of surveyors who collected over 500 onsite surveys from spectators at parasport events about their attitudes towards disability and awareness of parasports.

The team will be replicating the study in 2015 at the Toronto Pan/Parapan American Games.

Western faculty and students attend the LSA Conference 

Professor Alison Doherty, Dr. Laura Misener, and their doctoral students, Patti Millar and Kyle Rich travelled to Glasgow, Scotland for the 2014 Leisure Studies Association Conference. Details about the conference are available here.

In addition to the conference, they took in the sights and sounds of Glasgow, including a tour of the venues for the 2014 Commonwealth Games that are currently taking place in Glasgow.

June 2014

Western Sport Management welcomes Dr. Sumino as a visiting scholar 

Western is delighted to have Professor Misaki Sumino with our sport management group on his seven-month leave.

Dr. Sumino is a Senior Assistant Professor in the Division of Sport Management at Japan National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya, a national college of sport in Japan.

Professor Sumino attended the NASSM Conference in Pittsburgh with our faculty and students, and is currently studying the sport management curriculum in Canada.

Western alumni, Deborah Bright-Brundle and Eva Harris bring a wealth of experience to their new roles 

Deborah Bright-Brundle (MA 1992) has been appointed Director of Athletics & Recreation at Trent University. She has served as President of the Abilities Centre in Whitby, Ontario and also spent 5 years as President of Special Olympics Canada.

Eva Havaris (MA 2006) brings a wealth of experience from her past positions as high-performance and development manager at Rugby Canada and, more recently, as CEO of Taekwondo Canada to her new role as CEO of Equine Canada.

May 2014

Doctoral candidate Patti Millar elected as 2014-15 NASSM Student Representative 

At the 2014 North American Society for Sport Management Conference in Pittsburgh (May 28-31), Patti Millar was elected to the NASSM Executive Council as the student representative for 2014-2015.

She carries on somewhat of a tradition, following in the footsteps of Western Sport Management graduates who also served as the student representative - Eric MacIntosh (2005-2006) and Katie Misener (2007-2009).

Western faculty and graduate students attend the 2014 NASSM Conference 

Western was well represented at the North American Society for Sport Management conference held in Pittsburgh from May 28-31, 2014. A total 17 presentations were given by faculty, students, and alumni.

In between, the current students enjoyed a lunch hosted by Prof. and Dean Jim Weese.

Details on the 2014 NASSM conference are available here.

Sport Management Kellie Renwick returns to Uganda 

Kellie Renwick (BA 2013) is returning to Uganda to put to practice her learnings from Dr. Laura Misener's Sport for Development course. Kelli is undertaking a 3 week volunteer experience.

She joined Gainline Africa, which uses rugby as a tool for development in Africa's post-conflict communities, in 2012, and is now returning for a second volunteering experience.

See more about her trip and fundraising efforts here.

Sport Management Graduate students are undertaking exciting internships 

Several Sport Management graduate students are currently engaged in valuable sport management internships, including Mike Bratusa (Wasserman Media Group), Victoria Harris (2015 PanAm/ParaPan Am Games Organizing Committee), Victoria Niven (Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment), and Nicole Jacobs (Variety Village).

Sport Management student, Justin O'Halloran serves as 'Guardian of the Memorial Cup' 

Fourth year undergraduate Sport Management student, Justin O'Halloran played a key role at this year's Memorial Cup. As part of his fourth year field experience with CSTT Sport Management, Justin was responsible for developing and guarding the Cup on a community tour, which brought the Memoral Cup to various locations around London.

The 2014 Memorial Cup was held at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario.

Read more about Justin's experience here.

April 2014

Daniel Nabben named as one of three winners of the 2014 SOGS Research Western Forum 

Sport Management graduate student, Daniel Nabben (working with Dr. Laura Misener) was named one of three winners of the 2014 Society of Graduate Studies Research Western Forum.

Daniel's research focuses on Sense of Community in Small Scale Charity Events in Jeju, Korea.

March 2014

Dr. Laura Misener to participate in a scholarly Think Tank with the IPC 

Dr. Laura Misener will attend the inaugural meeting of the International Paralympic Committee in Germany to discuss the practical way of moving the research agenda forward for understanding legacies associated with the Paralympic Games.

The aim is to further enhance the content of the technical guidance, assistance and monitoring with the organizing committees and host cities towards achieving the targeted legacies.

February 2014

Western Sport Management student volunteers at Canada Olympic House in Sochi 

Jesse Porter, a third year Sport Management student, recently returned from volunteering for 2 weeks at Canada Olympic House at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

Jesse shared her experiences of her travels, volunteer responsibilties, and firsthand chronicles of Sochi during the Games on her personal blog.

Sport Management at Western hosted the inaugural OSMC Symposium 

Sport Management at Western hosted the Inaugural Ontario Sport and Management Collective (OSMC) Symposium on February 7th, 2014.

Forty graduate students and faculty from Brock University, Ryerson University, University of Waterloo, Western University, and the University of Windsor attended the event, which included breakout sessions focused on different research areas and a panel discussion of knowledge mobilization.

January 2014

Richard Peddie, former President and CEO of MLSE visits Western 

On January 29th, 2014, the Western Sport Business Club, together with Dean Jim Weese, hosted Mr. Richard Peddie, former President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment,

Peddie discussed his book, "Richard Peddie: Lessons Learned from running the Leafs, Raptors, and TFC."

He also shared his experiences working in the industry, his career, and spoke about his new book "Dream Job."

Prof. Alison Doherty is part of a team of researchers that have received a SSHRC Insight Grant 

Professor Alison Doherty, and her co-investigators Dr. Katie Misener (University of Waterloo) and Prof. Russ Hoye (La Trobe University, Australia), have received a $115,000 three-year SSHRC Insight Grant through the Sport Canada Sport Participation Research Initiative.

They will be studying the role of volunteer social capital in the organizational capacity of community sport.

Dr. Laura Misener is part of a team of researchers that have received a SSHRC Insight Grant 

Dr. Laura Misener and co-investigators, Dr. David Legg (Mount Royal University), and Collaborator Dr. Gayle McPherson (University of West Scotland) received a $143,000 three-year SSHRC Insight Grant through the Sport Canada Research Participation Initiative.

They will be examining how the hosting of different forms of sport events for persons with a disability are being leveraged to create opportunities for community participation, and influence community attitudes towards disability.