Awards & News

Reading royals marketing presentation
A group of people stand on an ice rink.

On Nov. 24, select sport management students (presenters: Adam Kline, Cole Single, Logan Kemp, Mark Harron and Nathan Woods) from Dr. Yongjae Kim and Dr. Soojin Kim’s sport marketing classes were invited to present their marketing ideas to the Reading Royals’ staff including the general manager and marketing directors. The KU Sport Business Institute members were also in attendance. Together, these students will create and implement a college theme night for the Royals in the spring.

Sport Management students at the Philadelphia 76ers!
Sport Management students and faculty in group shot with staff from the Philadelphia 76ers.

Professor Kerri Cebula and her Fundamentals of Sport Law classes traveled to the Wells Fargo Center on November 12, 2019 for the game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Before the game, they met with members of the front office staff for the Sixers, including KU alum Deven Messner (SM ’19) and had their picture taken with the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy. Afterwards, the students attended the game to work on their final class projects.

featured speaker- andrew brandt of Villanova Law school
Man lectures a large crowd of college students.

Andrew Brandt, the Executive Director of the Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova Law School, and a former NFL team executive, spoke to KU students about his career and how to break into the sports industry on October 29, 2019.

cob research workshop 9/5/2019
(L to R) Dr. Rajeev Kumar, Dr. Shyaam Thiruvadi, Dr. Greg Kaufinger, Dr. Brad Congelio, Dr. Mostafa Maksy, Dr. Abdul Sraiheen, Dr. Emma Hao, Dr. Vistor Massad, Prof. Scott Bradshaw, Assistant Dean Kim O'Neill, Prof. Elizabeth Rogol, Dr. Norm Sigmond

Dr. Brad Congelio, of the Sports Management Department, presents “Perhaps More Than Games: Using eSports as a Tool of Recruitment and Retention in Higher Education."

(L to R) Dr. Rajeev Kumar, Dr. Shyaam Thiruvadi, Dr. Greg Kaufinger, Dr. Brad Congelio, Dr. Mostafa Maksy, Dr. Abdul Sraiheen, Dr. Emma Hao, Dr. Vistor Massad, Dr. Scott Bradshaw, Assistant Dean Kim O'Neill, Prof. Elizabeth Rogol, Dr. Norm Sigmond

2018/19 College of Business research Awards
Dr. Soojin Kim and Dr. Mostafa Maksy recieve "Top Researcher of the Year" Awards from Dean Anne Carroll.

(Left) Dean Carroll awards Dr. Soojin Kim with "Top Researcher of the Year". (Right) Dean Carroll awards Dr. Mostafa Maksy "Top Researcher of the Year". (Missing) Dr. Feisal Murshed received both "Top Researcher of the Year" and "Faculty Researcher of the Year" awards at the College of Business Fall Semester Staff meeting.

Business Administration-Management track, Molly Bobjak, and Sport Management major, Kyra Wozniak, showcased skills off the field in professional summer internships.

Kim O'Neill

Welcome to our new Assistant Dean, Kim O’Neill! Kim comes to us from the School of Business at the University of Washington (UW) Bothell, where she was the Director of Undergraduate Programs and Accreditation for the School of Business. She also taught courses primarily in the areas of project management, operations management, process improvement, and statistics.  In her role here, she will support our accreditation and assessment processes and workload planning, among other things.

Prior to UW Bothell, Kim held management positions at several medical device companies in the Seattle area, including Phillips, Sonosite and Cardiac Science. She started her professional career in the defense industry, contributing to an assortment of satellite, launch vehicle, tracking station, national defense, and missile projects.

Kim holds an MBA from UW Bothell, an MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California, an MS in Engineering Management from California State University - Long Beach, and BS degrees in Mathematics and Economics from Loyola Marymount University. 

COACHING EDUCATION PROGRAM RE-ACCREDITED

The Department of Sport Management and Leadership Studies has successfully re-accredited the Coaching Education Program under the USCCE’s National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE). The coaching and athletic administration minor was re-accredited at Level 3 which it has maintained since the original accreditation in 2006. It is one of only 12 higher education institutions to accredit a Coaching Education Program within the United States.

United States Center for Coaching Excellence logo
The College of Business 2019 Awards Banquet
(Left to Right) Lauren Latchford, Leslie Soffa, Taylor Thames, Brandon McDonnaugh, Ryan Hubley, Deven Messner, Sandra Gee.

(Left to Right) Lauren Latchford, Leslie Soffa, Taylor Thames, Brandon McDonnaugh, Ryan Hubley, Deven Messner, Sandra Gee (not pictured: Kristopher Gelsinger)

Chambliss Award, April 5, 2019

Anthony Lee, from Willow Grove, Pa., is a Sport Management Major graduating in May 2019. He was awarded the Chambliss Academic Achievement Award Silver Medal in the category of noteworthy achievements in athletics. Lee is the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Athlete of the Year for 2019. He is a two-time all-region basketball player and four-time All-PSAC selection. He graduates with 2,292 career points, second in school history and fourth in PSAC history. He is also the school-record holder for points in a game, points in a season, scoring average for a season, three-pointers made in a game, season and career, as well as three-point percentage in a season and career, and free-throw percentage in a season. 

Anthony LEE AWARDED CHAMBLISS ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD SILVER MEDAL by Dr. Carlson R. Chambliss

Anthony Lee, Dr. Carlson R. Chambliss

He is a two-year team captain, a seven-time PSAC Athlete of the Week and is a member of KU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He finished his basketball career scoring in double-figures in 59 straight games. Lee plans to play professional basketball before pursuing a collegiate coaching career.

Pennsylvania Sport Business Conference, April 5, 2019

Our students attend the Pennsylvania Sport Business Conference in Indiana, PA to compete in the case competition and present their research. This year the competition was excellent and our students represented the College of Business phenomenally well!

L to R standing: Taylor Thames, Jake Chronister, Brandon McDonnaugh, Cole Single, Laura Bisco L to R kneeling: Ty Chronister, Deven Messner

April 5, 2019 PA Sport Business Conference

Deven Messner (Left) and Brandon McDonnaugh (Right) present their research.

Team A ties for Third Place

(L to R) Laura Bisco, Brandon McDonnaugh, Ty Chronister

Team B ties for Third Place

(L to R) Cole Single, Taylor Thames, Jake Chronister

Left to Right Standing: Taylor Thames, Jake Chronister, Brandon McDonnaugh, Cole Single, Laura Bisco. Left to right kneeling: Ty Chronister, Deven Messner.
Deven Messner (Left) and Brandon McDonnaugh (Right) present their research.
Team A: (L to R) Laura Bisco, Brandon McDonnaugh, Ty Chronister
Team B: (L to R) Cole Single, Taylor Thames, Jake Chronister
COSMA Master Professor Award, February 8, 2019
Dr. Yongjae Kim is awarded the "Master Professor Award" at the COSMA conference.

Master Professor Award Winner

Dr. Yongjae Kim