Project Palooza showcases SEM students’ research

The Sport and Event Management Department hosted its spring 2016 Project Palooza, displaying student work conducted during the semester.

Sport and event management major Graham Goslin ’17 (right) discusses his research proposal poster, titled “Stadium Funding: Public or Private?,” during a presentation session at the spring 2016 Project Palooza. Also pictured is Logan Quackenbush ’17. 
In collaboration with the student-run Premier Sport and Event Society, the Sport and Event Management Department hosted the spring 2016 Project Palooza, providing students from six courses (and eight total sections) with a platform to share their semester-long projects.

Despite a torrential downpour leading up to the April 28 event – not exactly the best conditions to transport poster projects – the third floor of the Powell Building was bustling with activity during the two-hour showcase.

Students shared presentations, displayed posters and discussed research projects and event analyses highlighting a variety of topics, ranging from the media’s sexualization of female athletes to the psychological factors that motivate fans to attend events.

A Project Palooza photo gallery is available on the School of Communications’ Flickr page.

In Powell 304, the department hosted nearly two hours of oral presentations, reviewing senior capstone experiences, marketing pitches and financial plans. Rachel Garrity ’16 and Jack Kelly ’16, two members of Associate Professor Tony Weaver’s “Sport Leadership and Ethics” course, shared their capstone projects, which investigate the relationship between religion and collegiate athletics, and ESPN and the role of sport media, respectively.

The financial plan presentations examined the effect of alcohol on NCAA Division I attendance and revenue, the NBA’s decision to incorporate jersey sponsorships, and Elon’s athletic department’s use of technology, among other topics. Under Armour, ESPN’s X Games, the Boston Celtics and the Carolina Hurricanes were among the recognizable athletic properties and organizations discussed during the evening’s marketing pitches and plans.

?During her marketing pitch session, Karstyn Orrell ’17 highlights the strengths and areas of potential growth for Baltimore-based sports apparel maker Under Armour. 
​​In two nearby classrooms, more than 75 posters rotated throughout the showcase, promoting the students’ event analysis projects and proposals. The student presenters alternated every 20 minutes, providing a glimpse into their research methods and individual interests. Poster titles included “Cuban Baseball Defectors and MLB,” “Challenges of Relocating a Professional Sport Franchise,” and “Examining the Relationship Between Arrests and Earnings in the NFL.”

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