April 6, 2018 — Kyle King
- Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Composition at Penn State Altoona
March 23, 2018 — Dr. Joanna Belanger
- Instructor in the Department of Kinesiology, U.S Paralympics Track & Field Classifier
Congratulations to the following people on receiving the Center’s faculty research grants this year:
The Center for the Study of Sports in Society is excited to be a sponsor of the inaugural Penn State Sports Business Conference which will be held at the University Park Campus March 15-16. The following document includes all the details about time and location, speakers and presenters, and other bonuses of attending.
Tickets are available for $20 and there is a $5 discount for all John Curley Center Students. Inquiries for ticket purchases can be sent to the conference organizer Alex Sheinman at email@example.com.
A free public session, “A Conversation with Louis Moore,” features the expert on African-American history and sports history, Jan. 29 on the University Park campus. More details here: http://news.psu.edu/story/501471/2018/01/18/athletics/african-american-history-sports-expert-set-conversation-series
Image: Grand Valley State/Kevin Sielaff
The Center for the Study of Sports in Society is looking forward to its first annual “Football Friday” event on Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. in the Sutliffe Auditorium in Katz Building. The event will be a conversation between Scott Radecic and Professor John Affleck, Knight Chair in Journalism at the Bellisario College of Communications, on “The Future of Sports Stadiums, How Changing Facilities Impact Communities, the Fan Experience, Participants, and Sports Themselves.” The 75-minute event will feature an opportunity for Q&A from the audience.
Scott Radecic is the founding senior principal at Populous, one of the leading architecture and design firms in the world with expertise in sports facility design and planning. Radecic received his bachelor’s in architectural engineering from Penn State, was an All-American linebacker on the 1982 national championship teams, and played 11 seasons in the NFL. His work emphasizes the inter-disciplinary nature of important sports issues.
A full bio on Radecic and the history of his work can be found here.
Please join us on Friday, Nov. 3 for our center’s 1st annual undergraduate research showcase. The showcase will feature the four winners of our undergraduate summer research grants. The winners will be making brief presentations about their projects to faculty.
On Monday, Nov. 6 Penn State Law and the Center for the Study of Sports in Society hosts Sandy Alderson. Alderson is currently the general manager of the MLB’s New York Mets.
Alderson will be speaking at two events on Monday, Nov. 6:
“A Public Sports Lawyer, a conversation with Sandy Alderson”
“How Sports Executives Who Aren’t Math Majors Can Use Data Effectively”
A graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, he was a partner in an elite boutique law firm in San Francisco before beginning a career in sports. He has served as General Counsel and later General Manager of the Oakland A’s, Executive VP for Business Operations in the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, CEO of the San Diego Padres, before his current posting with the Mets.
He is one of the principal inventors of “Moneyball” (see Steve Kettman, Baseball maverick: How Sandy Alderson Revolutionized Baseball and Revived the Mets), the architect of practices for umpires to adhere to the strike zone set forth in the rules, and chair of the drafting committee for the latest version of the official rules of baseball.
The 2017 Schmitt Russell Research Lecture, presented by R. Scott Kretchmar, professor emeritus of exercise and sport science, will occur at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1 in the Bennett Pierce Living Center (110 Henderson Building). The lecture will be preceded by a reception, which is open to all, at 3:30 p.m. His talk is titled “Why Useless Play is so Useful.”
Scott Kretchmar joined the exercise and sport science (kinesiology) department in 1984, bringing to Penn State his expertise and research in the philosophy of sport, a discipline he helped found and nurture for nearly five decades. His dedication to the humanistic values of play and physical activity led him to the study of practical applications of the field to public life, specifically in the realm of “growing good playgrounds.” Scott “argues that both the nature of play and its value require cross-disciplinary research. [He] will propose a ‘systems view of play’, that is – a holistic account of how play affects everything from our cells to our hopes and dreams.”
Please plan to join us November 1 to hear a truly remarkable colleague discuss the fascinating topic of why useless play is so useful.
The Center is glad to host Ian Smith, current Integrity Commissioner for eSports, former chief counsel for the English Professional Cricketers Ass’n, and Director of the Federation of Int’l Cricketers Ass’ns, for global sport labor law issues from 11:30 – 12:45 on 10/23/17 in 116 Katz Building.
Smith will speak later that evening from 7 – 8:15 in 112 Katz Building on business and integrity issues in the sport of Cricket.
The Center for the Study of Sports in Society will host Jim Ivler on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. in 112 Forest Resources Building. Ivler, Penn State class of 1990, has been a partner at Sportstars Agency Inc. in New York City for 23 years.
Ivler has represented several Nittany Lions that made the leap from NCAA football to the NFL. Some of the most notable players include: Tamba Hali, Robbie Gould, John Urschel, Jordan Hill, Donovan Smith. And most recently 2016 graduates Anthony Zettel and Kyle Carter.
Students and faculty are welcome to join us as Ivler shares his experiences about the life of an agent in the NFL, representing professional athletes, and his relationship with Penn State.