L to R: Colleen Duffy Brace, Bob Schwartz, Elissa Hollander, Dave Hixon, Melissa Marchionna, Kairon Serrette.
AWARDS BANQUET Eight alumni and 26 students received honors and scholarships at the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management’s Annual Awards Banquet. Alumni award recipients exemplify the broad footprint of our graduates in the sport industry and have all diligently given back to the department. Student recipients represented the best and brightest. With impressive professional experience, extracurriculars, and community service this group maintains an average GPA of 3.5.
The Harold J. VanderZwaag Distinguished Alumnus award is given for professional excellence and outstanding achievement in the sports industry. Colleen Duffy Brace (BS ‘95), Senior Vice President for Venue Services at ANC; David Hixon (MS ‘79) Head Men’s Basketball Coach of Amherst College; Jeff Goering (MS ‘97), Baltimore Ravens Senior Vice President / Chief Financial Officer; Bob Schwartz (BS ‘84) Vice President of Marketing for Spectra by Comcast Spectacor.
The Alumni-on-the-Rise Award is awarded to alumni who have graduated within 5-10 years and have demonstrated exceptional acheivement. Elissa Hollander (BS ‘11) Sr. Manager of the Hospitality & Events, MKTG; Melissa Marchionna (MS ‘09) Director of Social Media, MLS; Preetam Sen (BS ‘10) Director, Partnership Sales, Manchester City Football Club & City Football Group; Kairon Serrette (MS ‘08) Sr. Manager of Business Development, The Sports Company of Trinidad & Tobago.