Western University has cancelled all in-person classes and examinations for the Winter 2020 term. For ongoing updates on COVID-19 from Western, please visit https://www.uwo.ca/coronavirus/.
Western News has started a new column entitled, 'Read. Watch. Listen.' The column introduces readers to the personal side of staff, faculty, and alumni. Participants are asked to answer three simple questions about their reading, viewing, and listening habits – what one book or newspaper/magazine article is grabbing their attention; what one movie or television show has caught their eye; and what album/song, podcast or radio show are they lending an ear to.
Dr. Laura Misener's choices were featured in the column dated April 2, 2020; read her recommendations here.
Research on community sport organizations (CSOs) and their corporate social responsibility by Dr. Katie Misener (PhD, 2009; Associate Professor, University of Waterloo) has been featured on the Sport Information Research Centre (SIRC) blog.
Recent evidence shows that CSOs are taking on a wider social role in their communities by engaging in socially responsible actions beyond their sport programs. Dr. Misener's research demonstrates how and why CSOs are expanding their scope to take on social action, and the impact of their efforts within the organization. The article summarizes the research findings and provides practical tips for CSOs interested in incorporating socially responsible actions into their organizations. The full article is available on SIRC here.
Prof. Alison Doherty and doctoral alumna, Alanna Harman (PhD, 2013; Assistant Professor, Wilfred Laurier University) joined forces to present a webinar on volunteers' pscyhological contract to the Sport, Active Living, and Recreation Branch of the Alberta Ministry of Culture, Multiculturism, and Status of Women on March 10, 2020.
The webinar extends from Dr. Harman's dissertation research on volunteer youth sport coaches' expectations. Details on the research are available on the Sport Information Research Centre (SIRC) blog here.
Prof. Jim Weese was appointed the Executive Director of Western's Leader Academy in June 2019. With his role of Acting Vice-President (International) and Acting Vice-Provost coming to an end shortly, Prof. Weese is all set to take on his role at the Leader Academy full-time from July 1, 2020. In this role, Prof. Weese will draw on his vast experience and knowledge of sport and administrative leadership.
The Western Leader Academy is aimed at campus-wide development of leaders, through skill development related to leading people and teams, programs and services, and leading innovation and change. A detailed description of the program is available on Western's website here. Best wishes to Prof. Weese in his new role!
Rebecca Solomon, Areez Saleh, and Chris Wood are undergraduate students pursuing a dual degree at Western Sport Management (BA) and Ivey (HBA). They are spending the Winter 2020 term at Victoria University on an exchange program. Before the start of the term, the students spent some travelling in New Zealand and Fiji, exploring the islands while engaging in hiking, biking, and local sightseeing.
At Victoria University, the students will be enrolled in Victoria University's block model Kinesiology program. They will first undertake a course in resistance training class (activity credit), followed by more traditional lecture style Kinesiology courses focused on physiology and motor control. All the best to Rebecca, Areez, and Chris!
Nicole Baranowski (BA Sport Management, 2019) has won first place in the 2020 Ivey MBA Business Plan Competition. Nicole's entrepreneurial venture, Hairstrong was awarded with $15,000!
The Ivey MBA Business Plan Competition invites entrepreneurial teams from universities throughout North America and beyond, and offers graduate students the opportunity to present innovative new ventures to potential investors, and investors the opportunity to get a close-up look at up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Organized by the Pierre L. Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship and MBA student volunteers, the competition is funded by private sponsorships.
Congratulations, Nicole! More information on Hairstrong is available here.
Dr. Laura Misener and her research team are launching a new venture titled "Project Echo – The post event ripple effect." Project Echo is a web-based platform, designed to understand the long-term outcomes of event-related efforts on the accessibility, inclusion, and participation of people with disabilities. Through interactive discussion forums with parasport participant groups, the website will provide an opportunity to those impacted by investments and developments made for hosting mega (para) sport events to share their perspectives. The project is part of a SSHRC funded study entitled Major Sport Events and Parasport Participation: Investigating Post-Event Opportunities and Experiences, and is being launched in collaboration with colleagues from Mount Royal University and the University of West Scotland. More details on Project Echo are available here.
Dr. Laura Misener is also involved in a Horizon 2020 European Union funded research project (Marie Sklodowska, Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange) focused on researcher mobility. In the next two years, Dr. Misener and members of Western University's Sport and Social Impact Research Group will be welcoming scholars from eight different international institutions interested in research focused on addressing inequality and human rights in the hosting of mega sport events. The first visiting scholar, Dr. Kristina Lindstrom (pictured here) from the University of Gothenburg’s Department of Economy and Society & Centre for Tourism spent a month at Western in November 2019. Dr. Lindstrom enjoyed collaborating with scholars at Western and meeting City of London officials in the sport and event tourism space. She will return to Western later in 2020 to complete the project. The School of Kinesiology expects to host three more scholars in 2020, focused on projects related to sport events and human rights.
Prof. Karen Danylchuk's graduate Sport Marketing class attended the 2020 OK Tire & BKT Tires Continental Cup of Curling. The event was held at Western Fair Grounds in London, Ontario from Thursday, January 9 to Sunday, January 12.
Students attended the event on Friday and enjoyed the action but their visit was part of an assignment for class. During the visit, students were asked to be mindful of different factors involved in the organization, promotion, and running of the event. For their assignment, students will critically reflect on their visit and analyze the event from a marketing perspective.