The European Sport Experience: this two-week program during the Winter 2015 term will provide students with an opportunity to experience the sport culture in two European countries: Austria and Germany.

Students will gain first-hand experience with the culture surrounding sports popular in these two countries, including the winter sports of skiing, bobsled and skeleton. Students will gain knowledge through visits to museums, sports venues, national/international sport federations and have opportunities to speak with industry professionals. Students will also cover an international sporting event as members of the media.

Come to an information session for The European Sport Experience, a January 2015 Short Term Study Abroad course (1 credit) led by Dr. Heather Dichter from the Department of Sport Management and Media.

Information Session:
Thursday, April 17, 12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Hill G-75B

Photo credit: AFP/Getty Images

Position Description
The Project Employee, Digital Media will be an integral part of both the Social Media and NBA Digital Media teams. This individual will be responsible for collecting and distributing social media analytics and tracking social media conversations in real-time.

This project assignment is not intended to last longer than 10 months.

Major Responsibilities
• Monitor NBA-related social media chatter and create/disseminate reports
• Collect and distribute social media analytics
• Synthesize analytics and compile into a clear, actionable report
• Act as a liaison between social media group and numerous NBA departments regarding real-time developments
• Assist NBA marketing and social team with ad hoc research projects

Required Skills/Knowledge
• Intimate knowledge of social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LBS (Foursquare), Tumblr, Pinterest, G+, etc.)
• Strong writing skills
• Strong knowledge of the NBA game and history
• Ability to work within demanding timeframes in a fast-paced environment
• Demonstrated ability to manage projects and ability to organize and manage multiple priorities
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Experience Needed
• At least 2 years of experience in the marketing, entertainment or sports industry
• At least 1 year of social media experience

Educational Background Required
• Bachelor’s Degree

To apply, click here.

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The Golf Connection is a full-service golf marketing company that provides dedicated, cost- effective golf event management, consulting, public relations, and direct marketing solutions to destinations, resorts and corporate clients within the golf vertical.

Event Interns will need to exhibit the following:
• Prior experience in game day operations, event and/or hospitality related work programs
• Familiarity with game of golf, tournament administration, and/or event planning a plus
• Exhibit an ability to present themselves well, articulate their skill set, and display a comfort level for working long days in a fast paced, real-life event environment
• Ability to be away from campus for 7-10+ days pending assigned event schedule

Using the TGC Final Event Schedule 2014, applicants are asked to indicate which event(s) they would like to be considered for. Applicants will be evaluated based on review of the following materials:

1. Cover Letter: Why should we select you?
2. Resume
3. Examples of related work, references, or accomplishments (please submit in digital form)
4. On-campus, in-person interview on Thursday, April 24th at IC

ALL APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO TOM JARONSKI (IC ’90) BY EMAIL VIA NO LATER THAN 5 P.M. FRIDAY, APRIL 18th, 2014. Applicants selected for an on-campus interview will be notified by email prior to April 22nd. Applicants can also contact Professor Wayne Blann for details on TGC’s interview schedule. All on-campus interviews will take place in Hill Center.

Selected applicants will be required to get themselves to a departure airport assigned by TGC. While the internship is non-paid, TGC will cover all travel expenses to/from the assigned departure airport and on-site at the event for selected applicants.

Any students interested in one of TGC’s other internship programs are encouraged to contact Tom Jaronski via email as soon as possible. Interviews will be scheduled accordingly.

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Please join Sport Media Relations students Max Rottenencker, Miles Surrey and Jake Willis as they live blog tonight’s NBA matchup (8:00 p.m. ET) between the Spurs and Mavericks.

Please join Sport Media Relations students Matthew Hochberg, Tyler Nevill and Vincent Pazienza as they live blog tonight’s NBA matchup (10:30 p.m. ET) between the Thunder and Clippers.

Please join Sport Media Relations students Nicole Johnson, Jorge Merlos, and Zach Milicic as they live blog tonight’s MLB matchup (7:00 p.m. ET) between the Astros and Blue Jays.

Please join Sport Media Relations students Natalie Barletta, Jeremy Klump and Ryan Long as they live blog tonight’s matchup (6:09 p.m. ET) between the Huskies and Gators.

If you’re interested in working the annual 4-H Color Splash Run, here is your chance to volunteer!

When: Sunday, April 27th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Stewart Park (Ithaca)
To volunteer: Contact senior Sport Media major Eric Wolf:

As part of a class project, Sport Media Relations students Jeremy Klump and Max Rottenecker caught up with Ithaca College senior standout Andrew Kristy to discuss Bombers men’s lacrosse.

Listen below (gray play button) as the two-time team captain talks about overcoming injuries; reflects on his Ithaca College lacrosse career; and discusses this season’s squad.


Photos courtesy of Ithaca College Athletic Communications

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By Nicole Johnson ’14

It has been drilled into our brains ever since we were little: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Our first grade teachers posed this question before making us scribble with a crayon a stick figure — indicating our dream jobs — on construction paper. Maybe you planned to do what mom or dad does, or maybe you wanted to be a fireman/firewoman, a doctor, a teacher or even a garbage man (in my brother’s case).

As the years go on, this question question becomes more pertinent. High school teachers, parents, relatives and college applications harass you with this question. The constant pestering of what you want to focus your career on or what you plan to study only continues. Of course, it was okay not to know but it was almost stressful and embarrassing to admit that. But why should you have it all figured out? Even if you have an idea, do you need to specifically know what career you want, where you want to work and what day-to-day activities you want to perform? Should you really have it all planned out as a high school senior — or even as a college senior?


According to David Portney, you do not need to and it is often better not to have everything planned out. Even four years removed from Ithaca College, he still doesn’t believe you should have it all figured out or be set on a specific plan. As a media relations manager working for the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) — where he has been for close to three years — David still confesses that doesn’t know where his career will take him. “I [take it] sort of day-by-day,” said Portney. “You always have your eyes and ears open.”

Keeping things open is David’s advice. “You have to open your mind to see potential opportunities you have never considered before,” he states. “Don’t try to limit yourself to your options.” Fortunately, David has stuck with his own advice and it has worked out well for him. Portney has worked all over the country sine his graduation from IC. Starting in upstate New York, he then moved nearby to Northern New Jersey, then to the Memphis and now he is in Lexington, KY, where he works for the AVCA.

Not only has David explored different cities in the United States throughout his professional career, but his jobs in sports have also varied. From minor league baseball for an affiliated team, to professional football, back to minor league baseball and now to college volleyball, he does not have a team or sport he is fixated on. But, why volleyball — a sport that is mainly dominated by females and isn’t considered one of the four “major” sports? Portney responded, “It wasn’t so much me seeking out volleyball — volleyball sort of found me.”

David’s attitude on life and his future plans not only stem from his laidback personality, but also from his experiences as an Ithaca College Sport Media student. During his collegiate days, David — and other professors and students from IC — worked as a flash reporter covering the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. “It was a whole new world,” David recalled. “And to completely immerse yourself in a whole new world is something that benefitted me greatly as a person. I could say in turn that maybe helped professionally [as well].”

Besides his life-changing trips outside of IC, he also had many valuable experiences on campus. During his time on South Hill, David was involved with the student radio stations (WICB and VIC), and also worked with ICTV. He said those experiences were beneficial because students are allowed to run the stations. David valued the hands-on experiences and understood the importance of allowing students to make their own decisions.

As he explains, “I’m going to make mistakes; my friends [and] the people I work with are going to make mistakes, but we learn and fail together and I think that’s important. [Professors] let us make the mistakes so we could learn from them and so it was the freedom to try to be creative and to try new things — even if they failed — that I think Ithaca is really great about. It made all of us enjoy success that much more.”

Creativity allows for freedom and the courage to try new things — which is a life concept Portney has personified. His personal philosophies, combined with professional experiences, help draw a map for young aspiring individuals everywhere — which is exactly what our first grade teacher asked of us many years ago. As college students, perhaps we need to break out the crayons and construction paper every now and then.

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The expressed opinions in this blog are those of the individual authors and do not represent Ithaca College.