Matthew Payment, Assistant Professor in Physical Education and Coordinator of Sports Studies, presented at the 20th European Association of Sport Management (ESAM) national conference which took place at University College of Northern Denmark Sept. 18-22. Because it is an Olympic year, the conference was co-hosted by the Sports Confederation of Denmark, the Danish Institute of Sports Studies, and the National Olympic Committee. ESAM is an international organization of academics and professionals from public, volunteer, and commercial sport sectors that encourages the extension of scientific research and scholarly writing on sports and sports management.

The presentation, “Examining Resource Allocation and Success of National Olympic Committees Governed by a Corporate Model” is a theoretical comparison between the traditional governmental model of athlete development and a proposed corporate model. It is an extension of a presentation given at the International Scholarly Hockey Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia in July titled “Mission Impossible- Examining the Resource Allocation and Program Promotion in Hockey USA and Canada Hockey.”

The contention is that many athletic organizations fail to align their mission with their model for decision-making, most notably allocation of resources. Evidence suggests that success at the international level is related to an increase in overall participation rather than elite development programs.


L-R: Alex Tamsula, Libby, Richard Oliver (Photo by Wes Ostroff)


Visual and Performing Arts

After a forty-year hiatus from the stage, Dr. Jay A. Libby, Assistant Professor of Communications, made a triumphant return in Bethany College Theatre's production of Aaron Sorkin's "Hidden in This Picture".   The show was performed in the Bethany College Amphitheatre Sept. 13-16.   Libby played the role of Reuben, the production manager of a movie-in-the-making that has gone way over schedule and budget.   The central joke of the play occurs when the unplanned entrance of three cows ruins a one-take-only final shot.   In early rehearsals, Libby shared with the cast and director that something very similar happened in his own career during the filming of the video for Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life".  



Luke Hardt, Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department and Director of Bethany College Theater, can be seen in a political ad for the Stebenow/Hoekstra Michigan Senate race.   In the commercial, Luke plays the director of a soap opera (go figure) frustrated in his attempt to keep the actors from improvising political jabs into their scripted lines.   Although the ad is airing in Michigan, it was shot at WQED studios in Pittsburgh.   In addition to  flexing his acting muscles, Luke also enjoyed hanging out at “X the Owl” and “King Friday's Castle”, set pieces from Mister Roger's Neighborhood.


John T. Burns, Professor of Biology, will present a video presentation on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. (Kirkpatrick 105) about the three trips that he and Bethany College students have taken to Tahuayo Lodge in the Peruvian Amazon Basin. The presentation will last about 45 minutes and will be followed by a question-and-answer session regarding the videos and the planned Ecology of the Amazon course (May-Term 2013) as well as other possible research projects, internships, and community service opportunities in this unique area. Snacks will be provided.


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