SEM students share semester-long projects and research

The Sport and Event Management Department hosted its fall 2015 Project Palooza, showcasing student work conducted during the semester.

Tripp Fidler ’16 (left) and Assistant Professor Craig Schmitt discuss Fidler’s poster project at the Sport and Event Management Department’s fall 2015 Project Palooza. Fidler’s poster was titled “The Perks and Problems of the Globalization of Sport.”
The Sport and Event Management Department hosted its Project Palooza on Nov. 18, providing students from eight courses (and 14 total sections) with a platform to present their semester-long projects.

The third floor of the Powell Building was humming with activity during the evening event as students shared presentations, displayed posters and discussed research projects. A Project Palooza photo gallery is available on the School of Communications’ Flickr page.

In Powell 302, the department hosted nearly two hours of student presentations, featuring funding request and marketing pitches, class projects and discussions of senior capstone projects. Senior Carol Pyszkowski’s “Elon Night with the Hurricanes” event was one of two capstone projects highlighted.

The funding requests included proposals for a charity 10K road race, a campus indoor turf facility at Elon, and a youth lacrosse program in Alamance County.

During their funding request presentation, Evan Miceli ’16 and Nicole Miller ’16 discuss their First Stick Program grant proposal, which would support an Alamance County youth lacrosse summer league.
​In two nearby classrooms, students hosted sport marketing pitches as well as nearly 90 poster presentations and creative visual displays, showcasing students’ research plans, event analysis projects and venue management plans. The student poster presenters rotated every 20 minutes, providing a glimpse into their research methods and individual interests.

The poster topics highlighted a multitude of subjects, with titles such as “Perks and Problems of the Globalization of Sport,” “Are NFL Stadiums at Risk: Increasing Security at NFL Stadiums,” and “Factors that Influence the Career Readiness of Student-athletes.”

For a complete overview of Project Palooza’s student participants and research topics, visit the event’s program.

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