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A call for abstract submissions and scholarship applications: 2010 International Sports Management Conference (Lausanne, Switzerland)

I wrote a previous post related to the 2010 International Sports Management Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. You can read that here. Again, to reiterate, that event is taking place November 4-6, 2010. Heres it the website of the 2010 International Sports Management Conference

I got in touch with some of the organizers of the conference and they informed me that they are looking for abstract submissions. Not only that, but they are also looking for people to apply for scholarships that they are offering. Below is the information related to both the abstracts and the scholarships.

Participants who wish to become part of the program, may submit an abstract which will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Results of this review will be communicated via email, to each applicant. Please note that ONLY THE ABSTRACTS OF THE REGISTERED PRESENTERS WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM – no exceptions will be made.

  • Please review the proposed modules and themes.
  • Authors of accepted abstracts for presentations are required to submit a full paper via the website.
  • All submitted papers will be published on the conference website (post conference.  PPT may also be submitted yet not be substituted for the full paper.
  • The Work-in-Progress abstracts are to be submitted directly on our Interactive Site.
  • If your abstract is selected, oral presentations are not required in a given format. You should allow 20 minutes for your presentation followed by five minutes for questions.

    Abstracts of all presentations accepted for inclusion in the Conference Program will be published as part of the conference program booklet to be issued at the commencement of the conference.

  • Application deadline is July 9, 2010.  Notification of Authors is July 16, 2010.

Please use the form below to submit your application..

All abstracts should reflect unpublished material and should be written in English.

There is no limit to the number of abstracts each author may submit.

If you are interested in submitting an abstract, you can find the link and submission information here: Abstracts.

For those who are interested in scholarships, there will be ten awarded at the conference. Here is the information related to the scholarships:


One 2010 ISMC Oustanding Award will be presented.  This will provide:

A single registration to attend the 2010 International Sports Management Conference

Single-room accommodations for two nights (check-in November 5, check-out November 7) at the conference venue

Award certificate formally presented at the Conference

Name recognition in the Conference Book and on the Conference website.

The Award recipient is expected to attend the 2010 International Sports Management Conference to receive the award. The award does not include any other conference costs or fees or travel expenses.

The Awardee is expected to write a comprehensive conference report to be published on the conference website.  This will be accompanied by the author’s picture and bio.


Ten 2010 ISMC Scholarships will be presented.  Each of these scholarships provides:

A single registration to attend the 2010 International Sports Management Conference

Name recognition in the Conference Book and on the Conference website

Verbal mention during the event.

The Scholarship recipient is expected to attend the 2010 International Sports Management Conference. The scholarship does not include any other conference costs or fees or travel expenses.

The Scholars will be expected to generate a report on a session, panel discussion or groups of talks by topic.  Each such report will be accompanied by the author’s picture and bio.


All applications must be submitted by July 9, 2010.  Winners will be announced by July 16, 2010 via email.

You can find the requirement for scholarship and award applications here: Awards and scholarships. Make sure you hurry if you are interested because the deadline is quickly approaching (less than a month)! 


Debate: Big schools vs. small schools

April 18, 2010 2 comments

As a college student, I am all wrapped up in the experience I am having. As I speak to other college students, I am coming to the conclusion that everyone is getting a different experience. I personally, go to Endicott College, a school with about 2,000 undergrads, while some of my good friends attend the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). The number of undergrads at UMass Amherst is about 25,000. Students enrolled there take classes with more than 500 students, which is the total number of students in my graduating class. Pretty crazy to think about.

Every student takes something different out of their college experience. Some can’t remember their four years, others can’t forget them. The main point is that the everyone decides what to take out of it through their own actions.The purpose of this post is to look at the advantages and disadvantages of attending a large versus a small school.

I have countless advantages of attending a small school. First off, on a social note, everyone is familiar with one another for the most part. The majority of kids in the grade know one another and there are large groups of friends. Attending parties means seeing a lot of your friends (depending on where the parties are) at a small school. A large school on the other hand is the opposite. It is difficult to go to parties without planning with your friends, and still see people you know. It is possible to meet a person on the first day of school and never see them again until graduation. The majority of people I have spoken to have found it more difficult to make close, tight knit groups of friends at big schools. Small schools force students to become friends because you see everyone everywhere. At the same time, larger schools have larger pools of students, which means that if you can meet enough of them you are bound to make some good friends.

Another benefit of such a large school is that there is always something to do. For people who are into partying, there is always a party to go to. College students are all wrapped up in the whole drinking and escaping from the real world concept. The result of this is that there is always a party happening somewhere, it just needs to be found. These parties, however, are often not very intimate, where people are constantly meeting simple acquaintances, rather than making good friends. Larger schools socially tend to lend themselves to lots of acquaintances, rather than the many friendships that are made at a small school, which has a tighter knit community.

With regards to classes, both choices and sizes, the opinions are differing. At a small school such as mine, classes range from having four students to having 30. Conversely, schools like UMass have classes with 500 kids or more. The benefit of attending a small school in this respect is the special attention with teachers. The majority of students are on a first name basis with the teachers. Since the teachers know the students in their classes, kids are more likely to attend. This can lead to a higher GPA and better attendance rates. Classes with 500 kids make it difficult for any student to build a rapport with a teacher, never mind try to get extra help. The extra help aspect is a great benefit of attending a small school. Teachers have office hours where students can attend and ask questions, however, at a large school there can often be problems in scheduling. With a small school there are fewer students, which lends itself to more one on one time with the teacher.

Sports are another huge pull for big name schools. There is a concept termed the “Flutie effect” in which excellence on the athletic field can actually lead to an increase in student applications. Although this is not necessarily completely true in all circumstances, some would argue that big sports programs are a very attractive factor which draws students to a particular school. Games are exciting at big schools, drawing huge crowds and lots of excitement. People who don’t even have affiliations with the schools often will attend. A small school, such as a Division II or Division III school doesn’t attract many people towards their athletic programs. A school such as the one I attend has facilities similar in size to those of many high schools I am familiar with. The games do not draw much attention, unless they have some importance to the school, such as a playoff game. Big schools have the ability to generate huge amounts of revenue from their sports programs, yet smaller schools do not have this luxury as the majority of attendees are parents of players or students.

Recognizability of big name schools is another huge benefit. It is not necessarily of utmost importance where an applicant goes to school, but at a job interview it is helpful to attend a school which is nationally recognizable. It can promote conversation and higher student rankings (with regards to GPA) is more meaningful at a school where the student body is so much bigger. At a big school, a person who is top of their class may be competing against around 10,000 other students, while at a smaller school they may only be competing against 500. Class rank would be more meaningful at a bigger school in that respect.

Larger schools generally provide more opportunities to students. This can be taken in several ways, such as with regards to extracurricular activities. At a school like UMass there are countless activities that students can participate in, such as hundreds of clubs and organizations. At schools with smaller student bodies, there are fewer organizations and less clubs to participate in. Career services are a great tool at both schools, however, larger professional organizations seem to be more inclined to give their services towards bigger schools. The reasoning for this could be that there is a larger student body to choose from. Smaller schools seem to get offers from less prominent organizations. I take this from my own experience, where I notice that the majority of jobs and internships present are from small, local organizations. Conversely, friends at big name schools say that the career services provide opportunities from huge organizations which are well known throughout the country.

I would be interested in hearing about the experiences that people are having (or had) at their own school, regardless of how big or small it is. Are there any after effects of the school you attended have had on your professional career (such as ability or inability to acquire a particular position you were going for)? I look forward to hearing your sides of the story.

Making the most of your college experience

April 7, 2010 2 comments

As my college education nears its end (May of 2011), I have recently been doing a lot of thinking about how I could have made more of it. Let’s be honest, college is expensive and it doesn’t take a private detective to figure that out. Since it costs so much to attend college, why not make the most of it?
I personally have recently begun to realize how I could have made better choices throughout my college experience which will shape my entry and employment in the professional job market. I realize that as a Junior I am not finished yet and can still make changes to my education, however, had I come to these realizations a year or two earlier I feel I would be much more comfortable. Granted, as a freshman or sophomore, the majority of kids are still caught up in the awe of being in college, being away from parents and being unsupervised. I personally did this as well, focusing more so on taking easy classes, filling the requirements, and doing just enough to get by.

If I could go back and change some things, thus far, in my college education here are a few things I would do:

1. Pick up at least one other minor. Right now I have a minor in Spanish (and a major in Sport Management). The real reason why I picked up the minor was because, all through high school I took spanish and found it interesting. When I got to college I decided to stick with it because I enjoy it. It was not brought to my attention until half way through my junior year that I only need six courses within this area to count it as a minor. My first reaction was, six classes? If I had known it was only six classes I would have taken up four other majors! In talking about this idea with a family member, who happens to be a Professor at Northeastern University, it was brought to my attention that taking all these minors gets lost in the shuffle. It is useful to have two minors, but after that it could be a little excessive. In the end, however, I do wish I had another minor. It is not difficult to pick up another minor (all colleges and universities are different with their minor requirements, so talk to your advisor) and it can definitely be beneficial in the long run. Take for instance an employer looking at two equally qualified applicants. One has only a Sport Management major, and one has a Sport Management Major and a Business minor as well. The Business minor is important in the sporting field where the business concepts are directly relevant to everyday operations. The bottom line is, talk to your advisor, think about what you want to do and if you don’t know, look at a few different things. I personally wish I had looked into a minor in Business or Marketing, to compliment my Sport Management concentration.

2. Make the most of your credits. In college, credits are expensive. Some can range into the thousands of dollars per credit. Don’t take useless classes, take things that are interesting to you and potentially useful in the field that you wish to enter. I would say one of the most useful courses I have taken is First Aid and Safety. I was CPR/AED Certified at the end of it, it was interesting, and it is directly relevant to sports, as we all know how frequent sports injuries occur. Every once in a while, it is okay to take a break or not have a semester that is going to kill you, but don’t drop the ball and lose sight of the ultimate goal of college: to prepare yourself for the real world.

3. Understand the purpose and importance of college. College is intended to prepare you for the real world and get you ready for the job market. College should not be used as a time to relax, enjoy yourself, drink excessively without being called an alcoholic or lounge around on the weekends. The time spent in college should be utilized making contacts, broadening your knowledge and making the most of it. With costs of college ranging from a few thousand to upwards of 50 or 60,000 dollars per year, make the most of what you are paying for. If you want to do drink and be lazy, take a year off and do it, then go to college after. I am not saying at all that kids should not have fun in college. College has been one of the best times of my life, but I do wish I had put just a little extra effort into my schoolwork.

4. Get involved. Balancing time is a huge problem for kids, especially for some who have never lived away from home with parents to push them along. Many students have time management issues, constantly having to fight off procrastination, resulting in late nights of studying. It has been proven that kids with more on their plate balance their time more effectively, resulting in an improvement of grades. This should not be the only reason for doing things outside of classes, but it is a legitimate point. Colleges and universities offer hundreds of different activities geared solely towards the benefit and enjoyment of the students, so make the most of it. Join some clubs, get involved, and get active. Intramural sports are a great way to expend some energy. I personally participate in an organization called REACH Peer Education which focuses on how to get college students to live in a more healthy manner. Another great point about joining these clubs is you get to meet other kids, who are often very similar to yourself. I have met some very close friends participating in intramural sports, along with other activities on campus. Talk to campus activities or go on the college website to find out more information about getting involved.

5. Get in touch. Although you may not think it right now, college professors are extremely intelligent people, who have a lot to bring to the table. This can be lost in the fact that the majority of students can’t get past the fact that their college professor just assigned 300 pages of reading due in two days. Looking past the work done in class, get to know your professors. I would say it is much easier at a school such as mine (only 1,800 students) to get in touch, but still make an effort. Professors like when students come after class for extra help or to ask questions because it shows they care and are interested. Professors are also great contacts to make, as many of them know a lot of people in the fields in which you wish to enter (a great networking tool right at your fingertips). If you find a particular job you may be interested in, ask your professors if they know anyone in that area, and maybe they can introduce you. Your professors are another great resource in attempting to shape your direction in which you wish to go (professionally). The majority of professors have held many jobs in their field of study, so go ask some questions and find some information.

6. Internships. My school requires three internships throughout the four year tenure of a student. Two of these internships are winter internships (120 hours long). The final internship, often completed during senior year, is a full semester long internship. Some schools do not require internships but they are extremely useful in helping you as a student gage what direction you wish to go in. My freshman year I had a major of Criminal Justice so I did my first internship at a court. I switched to Sport Management in my sophomore year, so I was a little bit behind. In choosing internships, I find that I was always waiting until the last minute to start looking. This would result in me having to settle for an internship that was not as potentially useful as I could have acquired. Start your internship search early and ask around. Ask people if they know of places you could work at or know people employed by potential internship sites. DO YOUR RESEARCH. Internships force you to accept the responsibilities you would normally take on working in the job, but for a shorter amount of time. They are great opportunities to meet people, learn to interact in the organization, and gain experience in the field (amongst many other benefits of internships). One other great benefit is they help you build a resume. Doing internships can help you decide whether or not you want to stay in this major, what direction you wish to go with it, and help you understand what you will be doing upon entrance into the workforce. The bottom line is do some internships and gain some experiences, as they will be extremely valuable to you in your professional career.

I hope these points can be of use to you, as I wish I had realized all of these things earlier. Enjoy and give me some feedback!