Tuesday, August 27, 2013

State of the Student Union: August 2013

The last three years have seen the Drexel Sport Management Student Union grow from merely an idea in the imagination of one ambitious sport management student to a burgeoning student organization on the ever-improving Drexel University campus.  As it goes, the SMTSU grows as the Drexel sport management program grows as the University as a whole grows.  With growth comes change, and as you read last week, there are changes coming to the SMTSU.

President and co-founder Kevin Giordano is moving into the Senior Advisor role on the newly formed SMTSU Advisory Board.  There he will join Dr. Ellen Staurowsky (Faculty Advisor), Mike Mazzeo (Industry Advisor), and Patrick Gallagher (Graduate Advisor).  The move will allow Giordano to help transition the SMTSU to new leadership as I take over as President and Kevin Murray moves up to Vice President.  I have learned a tremendous amount about the organization and myself in my three years under Giordano's mentorship.  Although it is a new time of sorts for the SMTSU, there is a lot that will stay the same.

The SMTSU will remain committed to the four pronged approach that it was founded on: industry education, professional development, networking, and personal development.  Our mission will continue to be met via general body meetings, major events each term, the Sports Industry Ambassador's Program (SIAP), and our website The Sports Complex.  A detailed and successful blueprint along with tremendous young leaders have been left for me, and I plan to honor those and continue to grow them further.

What will change?  Well, it won't be as much changing as it will be evolving and continuing development of current properties.  The first and foremost improvement will be continued development of The Sports Complex.  As the Internet space becomes more and more crowded with copycat thought, there becomes a greater demand for original thought and engaging information.  With our writing and with The Sports Biz Report podcast, the SMTSU is dedicated to adhering stronger journalistic standards while adding timely and pertinent ideas to the omnipresent intellectual conversation surrounding the sports industry.

Furthermore, there will be a greater effort to connect the SMTSU with its roots in the Drexel sport management program.  This goes equally for faculty and students.  To continue onward to a sustained and bright future, we must further tap into the deep pocket of resources and wealth of knowledge that we have with the professional staff in our program.  Their connections and intellect is vital to our success.  Just as important is getting the student body, specifically Drexel sport management students, excited for the SMTSU, participating in SMTSU initiatives, and invested in the future of the SMTSU.  Without them, we would be nowhere.  With them, our potential is limitless.

This fall, the SMTSU will hold the biggest event in its three year history.  A formal announcement will be made shortly, but I can tell you now with confidence that it will encompass our attitude of always moving forward and it will require the hard work and dedication of many people in the program.  A handful of your fellow sport management peers have already put in a great deal of hard work this summer.  We are looking forward to adding more of you to our staff as the event is announced and the date moves closer.

Although I have recently obtained the title of President of the SMTSU, the organization's leadership is not my position solely.  The leadership starts with you; it starts with all of us.  The SMTSU will go as far as you and the students and faculty of the Drexel sport management program are willing to take it.  I am here to make sure our goals are met and to see that our collective vision comes to fruition.

For that reason, I open up my eyes and ears to each and every single one of you.  Have an idea?  Tell me.  Think something needs to be changed?  Tell me.  Want to get involved with the SMTSU?  Tell me, and let's get you started right now.  I am here to guide and lead and facilitate.

Here's to three more years of growth for one of the fastest growing organizations on Drexel University's campus.  I am excited to get the year started, hear what everyone has to say, and implement further developments to the SMTSU.  The future is bright for the SMTSU, but it needs you to continue fueling the fire.  Together -- individually and as a group -- the Drexel Sport Management Student Union and Drexel Sport Management will enlarge Drexel University's footprint in the sports industry.


Have an idea, a general question, or want to get involved with the SMTSU? Email the President's mailbag at ktr36@drexel.edu.


Kevin Rossi is a junior Drexel Sport Management major with minors in Communications and Business Administration. Kevin has worked at Double Eagle Golf where he is now Social Media Coordinator and Comcast-Spectacor as their market research intern. Since joining the SMTSU, Kevin has worked his way up the ladder to President. Currently, Kevin is the Drexel editor for Philahoops.com, and he has joined Temple University Athletics Communications for co-op this spring/summer.  Follow Kevin on Twitter @kevin_rossi.

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