Just another week as a Warsaw Student
As Thanksgiving approaches and we all look forward to a short break from classes, I thought I would update you on the week that was. With midterms over, we had a few moments to get away from the books. On Sunday, some of the Warsaw crew went to see the
Ducks’ basketball exhibition against Lewis and Clark. I’m happy to report that we pulled out a 42-point win against the over-matched Pioneers from Portland. Transfer Olu Ashaolo and freshman Jabari Brown led the way with 16 points apiece in what was an exciting game. It wasn’t my first trip to the Matt Knight Arena, and it surely won’t be my last. The arena is truly state of the art, innovative, and the floor is definitely a sight you have to see. If you don’t know the story behind the symbolism of the court, here is an article from last year that will help you out.
Unfortunately, the MBA intramural football and the rec basketball teams didn’t fare as well as the Ducks basketball team as our seasons ended during the week with no hardware. But I think it’s fair to say that we kept up with the undergrads and I’m excited to begin new seasons next term.
The week ended for the first-years with our weekly seminar. Friday seminar is always a highlight of the week as we get the privilege of hearing presentations from some of the most prestigious and gifted minds in sports. This week our Sports Marketing instructor Declan Bolger came in to talk and give us a glimpse of what will be an extremely interesting class next term. In addition to being an instructor of the Warsaw Center, Declan also works for the MLS in their Club Services and Business Development area. We spent most of the hour and a half talking about current events and challenges in sports. As you can imagine, a lot of the class centered around the idea of crisis management in sports, namely the Penn State debacle. It was a great chance for all of us to construct our points of view on the issue, and Declan challenged us to not just analyze but think about how we would act when we become decision-makers. If seminar is any type of predictor of how Declan’s class will be, I don’t think any of us will be disappointed. He also challenged us to arrive to the first class wearing an item that shows a sports brand/team that we identify with, which should be entertaining.
On Friday, we were lucky enough to have a double-header for seminar. After a quick lunch and debrief with Declan, we proceeded to attend a seminar on LinkedIn optimization from http://www.sportsnetworker.com ’s Trevor Turnbull. Fellow Warsaw student Katrina Galas helped to arrange Trevor to come in and show us how we can optimize LinkedIn profiles in a way that allows them to be found easier by recruiters and other interested professionals. Personally, I found the the seminar extremely helpful as LinkedIn is the social networking platform I feel the least comfortable with. He also gave us some great tips on great ways to connect and increase our cyber footprint. Check out his website, it’s a great resource for aspiring sports business leaders. Also, Trevor interviewed center director Paul Swangard on the history, mission, and benefits of the Oregon and Warsaw Sports Marketing Center MBA Programs and also interviewed Declan Bolger on his history and tips on getting into the sports industry. Lastly, Trevor was able to interview some of the current Warsaw Students (Carolyne Wood, Steve Acampa, and Katrina Galas) on why they chose Warsaw. Enjoy and I hope you were able to catch the Ducks smashing of Stanford on Saturday. It was a great way to end a great week! Stay tuned for some a Movember update next week!
Matthew Van Wyen, Warsaw Sports Marketing Center Class of 2013