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2022-2023

STHM STATE OF THE SCHOOL

A Message from Dan Funk, Associate Dean

As I complete my first year as associate dean of the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management, I look back with pride and gratitude—for our students, alumni, staff and faculty who advance our school’s educational excellence, research expertise, inclusive culture and industry-oriented connections.

This State of The School report for the 2022-2023 academic year highlights our collective achievements. I am pleased to share just some of the accomplishments of our community, and I look forward to celebrating more in the year ahead.

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TRANSFORMATIONAL EDUCATION

Advancing STHM education in Philadelphia and beyond

In fall 2022, STHM welcomed the inaugural class of first-year students in the Bachelor of Event and Entertainment Management (EEM) program.

Temple University Japan announced that STHM’s Tourism & Hospitality Management (THM) undergraduate degree program will be available in Japan starting fall 2023.

STHM students went on two Global Immersion trips: Morocco in January 2023 and Ireland in March 2023. The Morocco trip was featured by Montgomery County Community College and Moroccan news outlet Sada Radioweb.

Experiential learning from the classroom to the field

EEM students planned and executed STHM’s Career Fair in November 2022. The event featured representatives from dozens of organizations who took the opportunity to connect with students.

Students in the Sport Sponsorship and Sales class completed their semester-long Phillies sales project, generating $2,660 for STHM student scholarships.

Watch how students learned from their experiences last spring with executives at the Philadelphia Phillies.

Students representing each of STHM’s undergraduate programs attended the 2023 Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Conference in early January.

Through the support of the Center for Industry Engagement, STHM undergraduate and graduate students attended the 2023 Sports Industry Networking and Career (SINC) Conference in February, where they engaged with a variety of high-profile executives from the sports industry.

Students in the “Legal Issues in Tourism, Hospitality and Events” class completed a training on preventing child sex trafficking, a critical issue for the hospitality industry.

Showcasing student success

Two teams of undergraduate and graduate students won the College Sport Research Institute Conference’s case competition in March 2023.

“When Carli [Miller], James [Majette] and I heard our names called, I was ecstatic,” says STHM undergraduate student Jacob Bealer. “It validated all of the hard work that we put in and the hours of practicing that we put in.”

Three undergraduate students offered insights from their experiences at the Professional Convention Management Association’s Convening Leaders Conference and shared advice for future students who are interested in getting involved in event management. 

Showcasing education for students, instructors and practitioners

A new textbook was published on sport consumer behavior combining theory and cutting-edge research with practical guidance and advice. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone involved in the sport, recreation and events industries, from students and academics to professional managers.

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IMPACTFUL RESEARCH

Student achievements in research

Despina Evangelopoulos, BS ’22, and graduate student Hannah Kloetzer presented at the 2022 Meeting of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport in Las Vegas in November.

Hannah Kloetzer was one of four students nationwide to receive the 2022 NCAA Graduate Student Research Grant. This is the second time in as many years that an STHM student has received this award; among the 2021 recipients was Nataliya Bredikhina.

Doctoral student Wangoo Lee, along with Lu Lu, associate professor, won best paper at the 28th Annual Graduate Education & Graduate Student Research Conference.

Three doctoral students received recognition for their publication in top journals in their fields at the 2022 Fox/STHM Research Roundtable Awards.

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“There is a saying that goes, ‘When eating fruit, remember the one who planted the tree.’ I am grateful for the STHM program that has been a steppingstone in my research journey.”

SangGon (Edward) Lim, doctoral student

IN THE MEDIA

‘Air’ and the argument for letting the talent share in the profits

How to make sure your vacation rental isn’t a scam

A risk of gunfire, threats, and stampedes

Eagles QB Jalen Hurts inspires change with all-female team

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What broke Southwest Airlines

Sports gambling surges for Eagles-Chiefs Super Bowl

IN THE MEDIA

The STHM community earned 39 unique media mentions in the 2022-2023 academic year. Faculty shared their expertise in topics such as:

Super Bowl LVII with Billy Penn, Philadelphia Tribune, Philadelphia Business Journal, CBS3 and more.

Name, image and likeness (NIL) with the New York Times, which subsequently appeared in more than 50 other outlets.

Post-pandemic tourism and hospitality with the Washington Post, KYW Newsradio and the New York Times.

Events and crisis management with the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Sport research in the real world

The Sport Industry Research Center (SIRC) received funding for a research project focusing on the impact of MileUp, a program supported by Students Run Philly Style

SIRC also conducted research on multiple different events, evaluating the economic and media impact of hosting a sport event. Events include the 2022 NBA Abu Dhabi Games, the NBA All-Star 2023 weekend in Salt Lake City, the 2022 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, the 2023 NBA Paris Games and the 2022 Laver Cup London.  

The Department of Sport and Recreation Management is ranked #1 in the world for publishing research in the field’s top three sport management journals, according to the Sports Innovation Project at University of North Texas.  

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Leaders in tourism and hospitality

The U.S.–Asia Center for Tourism & Hospitality Research continued to work with the Philadelphia International Airport to analyze passengers’ originating and connecting flights through Philadelphia.

The Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research named a paper co-authored by Laurie Wu and Zeya He, PhD ’20, as the Best Article of the Year.

According to Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of International Subjects, the THM Department is 7th in the world and 2nd in the U.S. in 2022 based on the output, influence and quality of research; international collaboration; and international academic awards. 

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“There should be a sincere commitment to educate people and bring them to understand the differences between equality and inequality.”

Jim Rooney, chair of the Pittsburgh Steelers

“There should be a sincere commitment to educate people and bring them to understand the differences between equality and inequality.”

Jim Rooney, chair of the Pittsburgh Steelers

INCLUSIVE CULTURE

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STHM co-sponsored “The Rooney Rule Revisited: Race and Diversity in Sports and Corporate America,” held in September 2022. The event explored the NFL policy requiring that teams interview a minority and/or woman candidate for executive positions and its impact on inclusivity. 

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept.15–Oct.15, 2022), the Fox & STHM DEI Council co-sponsored an event in September featuring Damian Rivera, CEO of Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA).

The STHM ODEI conducted industry training with District III Parks & Rec titled “Managing a Successful Intern and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Practices” in December. The training focused on ways of working with and serving LGBTQ+ communities with a special focus on trans youth.

Student professional organizations Women in Sport and Recreation Management, Sport and Governance Association and the Society for Minority in Sport hosted “Herstory: Voices of Women Leaders in Sport” in March 2022.

Also in March 2022, the STHM Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) hosted a Women’s History Month event called “Woman to Woman Power Hour” along with the Fox and STHM DEI Council.

STHM ODEI, in collaboration with the Fox/STHM DEI Council and the College of Public Health’s Therapeutic Recreation Program, organized the Assistive Technology (AT) Expo in March. The event allowed attendees hands-on engagement with a variety of AT devices that assist persons with disabilities for recreation, vision and hearing loss, communication, computer access, mobility and daily living.

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INDUSTRY ENGAGEMENT

Engaging with insights and awards

STHM faculty members shared their expertise with colleagues and industry partners at opportunities such as the Convention for the International Festivals and Events Association, European Association for Sport Management Conference, PA Recreation & Parks Society annual Conference, Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) PHL Conference and more.

STHM students and alumni received awards and scholarships from the Professional Convention Management Association, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), Les Dames d‘Escoffier International’s Philadelphia Chapter, the International Society of Hospitality Consultants and more.

STHM hosted conferences including the 2023 NETTRA Annual Conference in April, co-hosted by the U.S.-Asia Center for Tourism & Hospitality Research, and the 2023 Philadelphia Coaches Conference. 

Partnering with industry for better outcomes

The Center for Industry Engagement completed its Industry Speaker Series program for the semester, featuring numerous opportunities for students to engage with and learn from panels of experts and STHM alumni.

While Philadelphia may not have taken home trophies this year, the STHM community were winners. Numerous students and alumni had opportunities to participate in this year’s Super Bowl, World Series, MLS Cup and World Cup thanks to STHM’s industry partnerships.

In classes across STHM’s degrees and programs, student had opportunities to speak with representatives from NHL’s New York Islanders, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, Visit Philly, Glu Hospitality, Citizens Bank, Hyatt Hotels, Wells Fargo Center and Flyers Charities and more, thanks to STHM’s deep network of industry partners.

Outside of campus, students visited and learned from professionals at Under Armour Headquarters, Camden Yards, Visit Bucks County, W Hotels, the Four Seasons and more.

STHM students assisted USA Marketing with the Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) tribute during Game 4 of the World Series.

Nearly 300 coaches from the region came to STHM for the Philadelphia Coaches Conference, which is organized “for coaches by coaches” in an effort to bring together aspiring coaches of all levels and in a variety of sports for the purpose of professional development and growth through a series of educational sessions led by a diverse group of experienced and knowledgeable coaches.

“On opening day, I would have never expected to be working the post-season, let alone the World Series. It has been … an honor. I’m excited for the next season with this incredible team and organization.”

Bailey Seitz, STHM Class of 2025