Throughout the year, the Sport and Event Management major in conjunction with the Premier Sport and Event Society offers a variety of opportunities to participate in events that help students become more involved within the department and in the community. By participating in experiences outside of the classroom, students are able to network with faculty, classmates, speakers, and special guests.
Casino Night began three years ago as a special event planning project for an academic class in the Sport & Event Management (SEM) program at Elon University. Proceeds from this event have been donated to various local organizations. This year’s event will support Residential Treatment Services of Alamance and the SEM department’s endowed scholarship fund. This is a one-night event that is open to any member of the public, 18 years of age and older. A variety of casino games will be available, along with babysitting services provided for up to 25 children for those who pre-register.
Participants will play a variety of traditional casino games for the opportunity to exchange their “winnings” for the chance to win gift baskets with items collected from a variety of local businesses.
David Beahm, an Elon alum and President of David Beahm Design, is a world-renown event planner best known for his state-of-the-art weddings. He was named one of New York’s Top Ten Designers by Biz Bash. With weddings for celebrities such as Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas as well as Fortune 500 CEOs, Mr. Beahm plans corporate and social events, including weddings, for clients throughout the country as well as abroad. He also gives back to local and national non-profit organizations through donations and discounted events.
David came to speak at Elon for our February Career Spotlights event and provided one of a kind insight into the event planning industry.
Pictured Above: SEM student Aly Spier learns from the highly esteemed event planner David Beahm after the SEM Career Spotlights Event.
Financial Support is offered through the major and the club to attend professional development conferences. Some recent conferences that students and faculty have attended are:
Sport Entertainment and Venues Tomorrow
North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
National Intramural-Recreational Sport Association
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Education and Recreation
College Sport Research Institute
Pictured Above: Dr. Walker and several society members attend the 2-day Georgia Southern Sports Management Conference to gain insight into the many careers available in the industry.
Throughout the year SEM will be hosting workshops covering a variety of different topics. The workshops are designed to assist students in becoming better prepared for classes, internships, and future job opportunities. Our first workshop featured Alumni Molly Boyce, as well as Rhonda Kosusko from the Elon Career Center. These guest speakers shared a wealth of information about networking and searching for employment.
Pictured Above: Molly Boyce of the Durham Bulls and SEM Alum assists current students during a workshop.
After an unfortunate rain cancellation for our SEM baseball tailgate, the society was able to hold its first social event of the semester on Friday October 9th. The gathering was held at Burlington's own Davidson Park in close proximity to campus, and provided opportunities for upperclassmen and freshman to share an afternoon of football, barbecue, corn hole, and some much needed R&R.
Pictured Above: SEM majors Ben Huggins and Amanda Portoghese say T.G.I.F. and meet our newest members.
Our first event held on September 17th featured student speakers:
Pictured above: Seniors, Ally, Emily, Harrison, Kailey, and Rachel shared their internship experiences with SEM majors and minors. This six semester hour internship is a required "experiential" component in the SEM major.
Be sure to follow our "Upcoming Events" sidebar on the SEM homepage for information about future PSES activities.