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CSL Daily

December 17, 2015

Job Link for December

Our alumni and industry contacts often supply leads about job openings in all areas of sport. We will post these opportunities and alert you to them via our monthly e-newsletter. If you would like more information, contact Greg Burton at gwburton@vcu.edu 

USGA- Public Safety Intern

USOC- Director of Collegiate Partnerships

RMC Events- Event/Account Manager, Charlottesville/Harrisonburg
(for more info contact jobs@rmcevents.com)

  • Manage a number of accounts with the key ones being JMU (including all Athletic and student events, commencement, etc.) and the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.
  • The successful candidate would need to be based in that region living/working in either Charlottesville or Harrisonburg (or area in between – Waynesboro, Staunton, etc.) 
  • These types of FT staff for us are our direct link to clients in planning meetings, etc. and will be managing PT event staff including scheduling, event management, etc.
  • For more info, contact Jobs@RMCEvents.com 

 

 

December 11, 2015

Get To Work… Women’s Basketball


Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 12.38.40 PMOne of the most unique aspects of the Center for Sport Leadership at VCU is the opportunity to provide students with a year of real-world experience while simultaneously earning a master’s degree. Each Friday, we will be showcasing one of our current students, highlighting their graduate assistantship within the Richmond sports community. 

The VCU Women’s Basketball team recently beat the #17 team in the countIMG_9019ry and is on its way to a great season. Amber Easter, the dual-degree CSL student who works with the team, is a huge contributor to their success on and off the court.

Easter assists with all the recruiting activities of the team, alumni and donor outreach, social media upkeep and works as the assistant Director of Operations, planning trips, managing athlete and manager schedules, game scouting and player development. Not only is Easter responsible for this work with the Women’s team, but she is working on a Masters in Sport Leadership, but simultaneously looking to get an M.B.A in the business school.

Easter played D1 basketball in college and always knew she would have a career in athletics, someway or another. She hopes to help and inspire the VCU WBB team to reach their goals just like her coaches did for her. So far, her favorite part of her assistantship has been “being able to build relationships with the athletes and allowing my passion to flow forward”.

December 10, 2015

Ugly Sweaters & Christmas Cookies

A CSL tradition continued Wednesday with the Ugly Sweater Party & Christmas Cookie Contest. It’s a fun way for students, faculty & staff to come together and celebrate the conclusion of a great semester. Thanks to VCU Athletics for letting us use the Tommy J. Sest Club in the Siegel Center. Some students, like the GAs with VCU Athletics, will stay on campus for another week or so to work the men’s basketball games on Dec 19 & 22. Other students won’t return until just before classes resume on January 19.

December 4, 2015

Get To Work… Development

Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 12.38.40 PMOne of the most unique aspects of the Center for Sport Leadership at VCU is the opportunity to provide students with a year of real-world experience while simultaneously earning a master’s degree. Each Friday, we will be showcasing one of our current students, highlighting their graduate assistantship within the Richmond sports community. 

 

An athletic program can not be successful without a dedicated team working to collect donations behind the scenes. Sean Wheeler, a graduate assistant with the Ram Athletic Fund in Development, helps do just this for VCU.

Wheeler wears many hats for the department, some of which include overseeing hospitality areas on game day, managing the Ram Athletic Fun website and Twitter, attending donor meetings, corporate sponsorship fulfillment and handling questions and concerns of current and prospective donors. He pursued this GA because he is extremely passionate about sports and having a strong interest in the business side of collegiate athletics.

IMG_9178“My favorite part is getting to know and build relationships with all of our gracious donors.”

Wheeler’s favorite memory so far was playing gold with the VCU Executive Associate AD, Glenn Hofmann, and a couple of VCU donors. He loves meeting new people, building relationships and the opportunities he is getting to enhance the student-athlete experience all of which development encompasses really well.

December 4, 2015

CSL Road Trip- Longwood University

IMG_7494The holiday season is a time to drop in on family and friends. Thursday, Dr. LeCrom made a visit to the university that has more CSL alums working there than any other. Longwood University is located in Farmville, about an hour outside of Richmond.  Eight graduates of our program work at Longwood, seven of them in Athletics, led by Director of Athletics Troy Austin.

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Dr. LeCrom with Michelle Meadows

With two dozen of Richmond’s famous Sugar Shack doughnuts in hand, Dr. Lecrom spent an hour talking with alumni and updating them on the program.  “We have such a great relationship with Longwood Athletics. Troy has made an incredible effort to give many CSL graduates a chance to begin or further their career. We are so grateful to him and all of our alums at Longwood who make us proud every day,” said LeCrom.

In addition to Austin, the CSL graduates working at Longwood include:

  • Michelle Meadows, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Athletics Administration
  • Scott Bacon, Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Relations
  • Dana Slater, Director of Compliance
  • Whitney Curtis, Director of Marketing
  • Trey Eggleston, Director of Athletic Development
  • Chaney Manganello, Assistant Field Hockey Coach
  • Stuart Smith, Senior Analyst, University Budget Office
    (formerly Director of Athletic Business Operations)

LeCrom, Austin & Meadows went the through program together and are members of the Class of 2003.

Several other members of the Longwood Athletic Department stopped by our gathering and learned more about our on-campus and online graduate and doctoral programs.

December 1, 2015

CSL Alum Hosts Development Workshop

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A few weeks ago, a CSL graduate student interested in learning more about development in college athletics approached Dr. Greenhalgh with an idea. Greg Moon asked, with so many CSL alums working in development, could we create an opportunity to bring them together to discuss one of the most important areas in college athletics.

Monday, that idea came to life when CSL alum Justin Jannuzzi hosted graduate students Greg Moon, Scooter Renkin and Corey Pegram for an initimate discussion about development in college athletics at Duke’s Development Office in Durham, NC. Justin is the Director of Iron Duke Major Gifts. He was joined by Brandon Cunningham, Associate Director of NC State’s Wolfpack Club and Phil Pilewski, Senior Philanthopic Gift Officer for The V Foundation for Cancer Research

Here is our students first person account of the experience:

Greg Moon, CSL Graduate Student: 

The first hour we discussed day to day operations with Justin and met some of the development staff at Duke. It was amazing to witness such a strong group of conversational individuals all in one room. In IMG_2305development it’s important to have a personality that stands out in order to be remembered. It was very obvious that each person exceeds their fundraising by their skills in having great and beneficial conversations with donors.
For a couple hours, we had discussions with all three development representatives about the future of the industry, resume’ building tips, insight to strong relationships with donors, and typical job responsibilities in the field. It was a great experience to understand how much of an impact the personality of a one person can have on an entire athletic program. These were a group of individuals that are certain to leave a legacy at their respective programs through their hard work and that’s what I found most intriguing about the meeting.

Scooter Renkin, CSL Graduate Student:

This was one of the most informative and beneficial trips I’ve made this semester. Speaking with three powerhouse development/fundraising professionals I realized how important it is to build relationships wherever you go. All three of them stressed the value of your network, and how they only applied for the their first job. The other jobs they have received came from a reference of someone they’ve worked with in their field. They also stressed the importance of communication and having your own voice, and that trying to be someone else will come off disingenuous. Be yourself and be confident. I am so happy I made this trip, and I can’t wait to head back down to Durham and Chapel Hill this winter with the entire class. I believe everyone will find it to be extremely beneficial. I can’t thank Dr. Greenhalgh enough for setting it up for Greg, Corey and I.”