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Careers in Sport Fair

Sports careers fair to be held at WSU Everett

The College of Education’s sport management program is teaming up with WSU Everett to host the Careers in Sport Fair at that campus on Dec. 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“The goal of the fair is to introduce our undergraduate and graduate sport management students to a variety of sport career options,” said Tammy Crawford, a clinical assistant professor within the program. “Sport professionals will help students learn the importance of various experiences, better understand what working in sport looks like on a day-to-day basis, and allow students to envision their own career path.”

This is the first time the program has teamed up with WSU Everett, and as its chancellor Paul Pitre said, it just made sense.

“We are excited to welcome Sport Management to Everett because the opportunity for us to collaborate and build something here is tremendous,” Pitre said. “We already have so many interns and alums active here, it makes a lot of sense for us to work together. Beyond that, it is feels good to be able to collaborate with my college, the College of Education.”

In addition to WSU students, students from Seattle University’s graduate program, as well as the University of Washington’s Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership graduate program, have been invited. Additionally, students from local community colleges are encouraged to participate.

In the spirit of collaboration, opening remarks will be offered by Erin O’Connell, the University of Washington’s senior woman’s athletic administrator, followed up by individuals representing Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, Everett Community College Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Sounders FC, Seattle Storm, Everett AquaSox, Seafair, Special Olympics, and more.

A full schedule for the event can be found here.

A few highlights for the day include former Cougar athlete Colin Henderson presenting “Master Your Mindset”, as well as HR specialist from the Mariners and Sounders teaching participants how to navigate an application process, including resume writing, cover letters, and interview tactics.

“The day will be devoted to students being able to hear from experts in community and university recreation, analytics, event operations, corporate partnerships, marketing and fan engagement, and general sport administration,” Crawford said. “This truly is a unique opportunity for not only our students, but for friends from other institutions, to learn more and to be inspired.”

Gordon-Enberg Speaker Series

The Gasman Cometh

You’ve heard his voice. Now see his face.

Seattle sports radio personality to visit WSU

By Dustin VandeHoef

The Gordon-Enberg Speaker Series is bringing Seattle sports radio legend Mike “The Gasman” Gastineau to WSU on March 30. Beginning at 4:10 p.m. in Heald Hall G-3, Gastineau will recount his time as a radio personality, as well as dive into his book, “Sounders FC: Authentic Masterpiece.”

Gastineau was a popular talk show host on Seattle’s 950 AM KJR Radio station for 21 years, beginning in 1991. He retired from the station in 2012 and published a book on the Seattle Sounders in 2013.

“Sounders FC: Authentic Masterpiece” detailed the successful launch of the Seattle Sounders as a Major League Soccer franchise in 2009 and went on to become a regional best seller.

“Mike was allowed inside access to the Sounders management for a year,” said Tammy Crawford, a clinical assistant professor of sport management. “His book details the decision-making processes, building a fan base, marketing, and more.”

Gastineau will spend his day on campus visiting a number of classes in the sport management program and interacting with the students before the event, Crawford said.

“With all his experiences, he brings an interesting package that can address a lot of components in our program,” Crawford said. “Communication is a popular minor for students in sport management, so he’s perfect.”

The Gordon-Enberg Series was founded in the 1980s by the faculty of the women’s physical education department as a way to honor the retiring professors whose name it bears, said Cathy Claussen, a sport management professor.

Claussen said the series was established to bring noteworthy experts on sport-related topics to campus in order to spread new ideas and start a dialogue about current topics.

Crawford said the event is open for all to attend.

“Anyone with an interest in sport management, business, marketing, communication and especially soccer will get something out of his talk,” Crawford said. “We’re trying to share information across curriculum.”