Friday, April 27, 2018

New Endowed Professorship Advances Sports Tourism at St. Thomas University

Dr. Robert Epling
The Gus Machado School of Business at St. Thomas University (STU) is pleased to announce the
appointment of professor Dr. Robert Epling as the “Arthur H. Hertz Endowed Professorship in Sports Tourism.”

 This new endowed professor position is supported by a charitable gift from Arthur H. Hertz, who generously donated $500,000 before his passing last year to establish the endowed professorship in sports tourism. Hertz’s donation and vision allows the University to expand its sports administration program, one of the only in the nation with a business focus and founded in 1973; and be among
the few universities in the world that offer a sports tourism management degree or specialization.

“Dr. Epling’s expertise and dedication to our sports administration program, which is already one of the oldest and highly ranked in the country, will set us further apart from the rest,” said STU President Franklyn Casale. “He will build upon the university’s strong commitment to student success and prepare students for professional careers in sports tourism.”

Dr. Epling joined the University in 2016 as an associate professor of sports administration and sports tourism. He previously served in administrative roles as a program coordinator, department chair, and school dean at Reinhardt University and Berry College in Georgia. His research and professional development interests focus on the history of big-time intercollegiate sports, and the relationship between academics and athletics on contemporary college campuses.

“Arthur Hertz was and remains a south Florida business icon, especially in the areas of entertainment and tourism," said Epling. "It is humbling and gratifying to hold a professorship that bears his name. His philanthropic legacy now provides our already renowned Sports Administration program the opportunity to benefit St. Thomas University students through expanded efforts in sports tourism."

According to the World Tourism Organization, the global tourism market is projected to grow between 2 and 3 percent while estimating that the sport tourism sector will grow approximately 14 percent presenting major national and global opportunities to the University’s graduates.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

In the aftermath of Maria, Caribbean students at St. Thomas University create short story collection


On April 23, St. Thomas University will be unveiling a rich and diverse short story collection “Student Narratives on Hurricane Maria” written by Caribbean students displaced by Hurricane Maria. Nineteen students, mostly from Puerto Rico and one from the Dominican Republic, came together to share their stories of resilience and courage before, during, and after the hurricane devastated their homeland.

This past October, after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, St. Thomas acted quickly to make sure students in the Caribbean could continue their studies uninterrupted and regain a sense of normalcy. Not only were the Islands left without power or infrastructure, but all businesses and institutions were closed. By taking in these students, immediately in October 2017, they were able to continue their academic careers and find a safe, supportive environment to live in.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Bobcat Hall of Fame.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Bernard F. Graham Achievement Award of $10,000

The Bernard F. Graham Scholarship Award in Finance and Accounting is a $10,000 prize awarded to a graduating senior with the highest GPA in the accounting or finance program at the Gus Machado School of Business.

The Bernard F. Graham Scholastic Award in Finance and Accounting is provided by the Bernard F. Graham Charitable Foundation. This generous monetary award is intended to recognize student dedication and commitment to the study of finance and accounting – a passion of Mr. Graham. The winner of the award is notified shortly after final grades and the list of graduates compiled.

Check out last year's recipient with his check, here!