“Emanating excellence through the achievements of faculty, staff and students in the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management”
11/18/2014: DR. SVETLANA STEPCHENKOVA was selected by the International Tourism Studies Association (ITSA) for its Best Emerging Scholar in Tourism (BEST) Award. She will be recognized for her achievement at the 5th ITSA Biennial Conference at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia.
11/10/2014: DR. HEATHER GIBSON received the 2014 HHP International Educator of the Year Award. The award recognizes achievements in international engagement as it relates to teaching, research and service. She will be recognized at a university-wide reception on November 19th during the annual celebration of International Education Week.
8/26/2014: Undergraduate student MELISSA CHAPMAN, a senior majoring in Recreation, Parks & Tourism with a specialization in Tourism & Hospitality Management, won the American Express Scholarship offered by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF) for the second year in a row! Melissa won a $2,000 cash prize to go along with this award, which was earned by only seven students. For a list of all 2014 AH&LEF scholarship recipients, click here.
8/07/2014: JOHN EGBERTS, Associate Director and Adjunct Faculty for the Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program (FTBSEP), has been chosen as this year’s SHAPE Florida Sport Educator of the Year. This award comes from his outstanding work with Florida schools and physical educators via the FTBSEP and Florida SRTS programs. He will be honored for his accomplishments during the SHAPE Florida convention on October 16-18, 2014.
7/09/2014: Undergraduate student MARISSA TORRES, a junior majoring in Recreation, Parks & Tourism with a specialization in Recreation and Event Management, was awarded the Sharif Rahman Scholarship of $1,000 on behalf of the Foundation for International Education (FIE) for the Fall 2014 semester program in London.
6/13/2014: DR. STEPHEN HOLLAND was promoted from Associate Professor to Professor.
6/13/2014: DR. KYRIAKI KAPLANIDOU was granted tenure and promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor.
6/13/2014: DR. LORI PENNINGTON-GRAY was promoted from Associate Professor to Professor.
6/2/2014: Thiago Souza, a M.S. student in Recreation, Parks and Tourism, was awarded the Internal Call of Projects grant funded by Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation. The grant was initially for $9,000 and it is going to fund the Competitiveness Index for National Parks project that Thiago is a part of.
6/2/2014: Current doctoral student ASHLEY SCHROEDER received the ASTA Holland America Graduate Research Scholarship valued at $4,000. The scholarship was awarded on behalf of Tourism Cares, a leading non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and enrich the travel experience for future generations. Ashley plans on using her scholarship to fund her dissertation research.
6/2/2014: Current doctoral student Ha Ny Kim received the NTA Luray Caverns Graduate Research Scholarship valued at $3,000. The scholarship was awarded on behalf of Tourism Cares, a leading non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and enrich the travel experience for future generations. Ha Ny plans on using her scholarship to fund her dissertation research.
2/20/2014: Former doctoral student CHUL JEONG and coauthor, Dr. Stephen Holland was selected by Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing Editorial Board members as one of the two recipients of the “Martin Oppermann Memorial Award” for the Best Article of the Year 2012 for their article “Destination Image Saturation.” Chul was a PhD student under the advisement of DR.STEPHEN HOLLAND. Their award-winning article was based on the dissertation he did in our department. He graduated from TRSM in 2009 and is now a professor at the School of Tourism at Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea.
2/18/2014: DR. LORI PENNINGTON-GRAY was appointed to the International Travel and Tourism Research Association Board of Directors.
1/21/2014: DR. EVANGELOS CHRISTOU and DAWN SHORES were selected by HHP’s Teacher of the Year committee as this year’s College Teacher of the Year and Adviser of the Year, respectively. Both of their dossiers will be sent to the university-wide selection committee for consideration for the university-level awards.
ERIKA YOSHIDA, a master’s student previously under the advisement of Dr. Asli Tasci, won the Best Student Poster Award at the 2013 International Geographical Union (IGU) Kyoto Regional Conference in Kyoto, Japan (August 4-9, 2013). She was one of four awardees of the Distinguished Student Poster Presentation. Erika’s poster was entitled, “The Gap in Definitions: Heritage Tourism in Japan and Overseas.”
WONSEOK “ERIC” JANG with the 2nd place plaque for Advertising Division – Top Ranked Papers at the 2013 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Conference in Washington, D.C. (August 8-11, 2013). [See accolade dated 5/16/2013.]
05/24/2013: Undergraduate student KAYLA LUM, an Event Management major, was selected to receive the 2013 IATAN (International Airlines Travel Agent Network) Ronald A. Santana Memorial Scholarship from Tourism Cares. Kayla won a $1,000 scholarship for being an exemplary representative of the future of the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries. Kayla has now also been invited to attend the Tourism Cares Student Mentoring Program at the NTA/UMA (National Tour Association/United Motorcoach Association) Travel Exchange to be held in February 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Kayla was recommended for the scholarship by Dr. Kelly Semrad.
05/16/2013: WONSEOK “ERIC” JANG, a first year doctoral student in Sport Management along with DR. YONG JAE KO, his advisor, and two others submitted their paper entitled, “Scarcity Effects on Luxury, Limited Edition Products” to the 2013 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Conference. The conference is the most prestigious conference in the fields of journalism and mass communication. The paper was submitted to the Advertising-Research competition division and won the award for Advertising Division – Top Ranked Papers. Only three papers are picked for this selective award each year.
04/07/2013: WONSEOK “ERIC” JANG, a Ph.D. student under the advisement of Dr. Yong Jae Ko, won first place for the Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management Graduate Student Award at the Stanley Lecture & Research Symposia. His award-winning poster was entitled, “Scarcity Effects on Luxury, Limited Edition Products.” Eric won a $150 travel award to use for research purposes within the year.
04/04/2013: DR. HEATHER GIBSON was selected as a new member of the UF Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars. Recipients must have strong evidence of the integration of superior teaching and research and a record of distinguished scholarly accomplishment that has garnered recognition at the national and/or international level. Five or fewer are selected annually and Dr. Gibson will have the lifetime privilege of retaining the title Distinguished Teaching Scholar.
03/14/2013: DR. J.O. SPENGLER was selected as the 2013 University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) Professor from the College of Health & Human Performance. This professorship honors faculty with distinguished research and scholarship records. Dr. Spengler will receive funding to support his research and to recognize his research accomplishments.
02/27/2013: DR. LORI PENNINGTON-GRAY is the recipient of the College of Health & Human Performance Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award for 2012-2013. The award encourages and rewards excellence, innovation and effectiveness in mentoring doctoral students through their final dissertation. Nominations for the award come from current graduate students, graduate alumni, faculty members, graduate coordinators, department chairs, school directors, college deans and higher-level administrators. Lori will be recognized as one of the award winners at a reception date to be announced by the President’s office.
02/21/2013: YELYZAVETA “LIZA” BERDYCHEVSKY, a Ph.D. student under the advisement of Dr. Heather Gibson, was selected as the winner of the 2013 Association for Academic Women Lockhart Dissertation Fellowship competition. Liza will receive a $2000 cash award for this great accomplishment. This reception will take place on Wednesday, March 27th at the University of Florida’s President’s home.
02/21/2013: HEE YOUN KIM, a Ph.D. student under the advisement of Dr. Yong Jae Ko, was selected as a finalist in the 2013 Association for Academic Women Lockhart Dissertation Fellowship and the Association for Academic Women Emerging Scholar competition. Hee Youn will receive a certificate of accomplishment and a $1000 cash award from the Association for Academic Women Emerging Scholar fund. This reception will take place on Wednesday, March 27th at the University of Florida’s President’s home.
01/24/2013: ASHLEY SCHROEDER, a Ph.D. student under the advisement of Dr. Lori Pennington-Gray, won 3rd place to receive the International Federation for Information Technology and Travel & Tourism (IFITT) Thesis Excellence Award. Ashley’s award-winning thesis was entitled, “Caught in a Crisis: International Travelers’ Likelihood of Social Media Use.” The award was presented at the ENTER 2013 conference in Innsbruck, Austria.
01/17/2013: ERIKA BANKS-PAYNE was selected to receive the Division Three 2013 Superior Accomplishment Award. These awards recognize efforts that go beyond normal assigned duties of work and are very competitive. Erika will be recognized at a reception in Emerson Hall on February 20th and will now be considered for a university-wide Superior Accomplishment award.
03/27/2013: DR. YONG JAE KO was invited to speak at the University of Michigan on two different topics. His first session was entitled, “Trust and Donor Behavior,” at UM’s Sport Management Program Research Seminar. The Seminar was held for the faculty and Ph.D. students. His second session was entitled, “Taekwondo as a Global Physical Culture: Past, Present and Future,” at UM’s Nam Center for Korean Studies for all faculty and students.
DR. YONG JAE KO was invited to present at the 2013 Global Sports Talent Forum held at the Seoul Olympic Parktel. This was Dr. Ko’s first time presenting at this conference. His presentation was entitled: “Student Athletes on Balancing School and Sports.” Click here for the full press release
DR. DAN CONNAUGHTON spent two weeks in Korea and China respectively. For the first week, he was invited to present at the 2013 International Conference of the Korean Association of Sports & Entertainment Law hosted by Chung-Ang University. He delivered a presentation entitled “Legal Issues in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.” The second week, he was invited to present at Capital University of Physical Education and Sports & Tsinghua University. His seminar was entitled: “Methodologies utilized in legal and risk management research.” Click here for the full press release
02/26/2013: KATERINA BEREZINA, a Ph.D. student, and her advisor, DR. KELLY SEMRAD, were invited to speak at a general session of the 2013 Club & Hotel Controllers Conference. They will present a session entitled, “Hotel Flash Sales: Beneficial or Detrimental” in Minneapolis, MN on Wednesday, June 26th. Other invited academic speakers will be coming from schools such as Cornell University and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
03/16/2012- DR. J.O. SPENGLER has been elected as the President of the Sport and Recreation Law Association. The association is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to study, disseminate, and address information regarding legal aspects of sport and recreation. They serve the academic and practitioner communities in both private and public sport and recreation settings.
07/21/2011- DR. DAN CONNAUGHTON was selected as a keynote speaker to present his research on “Legal Issues in the U.S. Sport Industry” at the 22nd Pan-Asian Congress of Sports and Physical Education. The conference was held in Beijing, China.
04/13/11- DRS. MATTHEW WALKER & TREVOR BOPP are overseeing a NASCAR Kinetics program for UF students that was recently highlighted in the Gainesville Sun. The program is designed to provide students with a hands-on marketing experience in the sport industry world.
04/13/11- TRSM professor, DR. STEPHEN HOLLAND, was recently interviewed on camera by WUFT TV’s Torry Polwin for Channel 5 news regarding what the potential impacts are if federal budget impasse results in closure of Florida national parks.
05/04/2011- DR. HEATHER GIBSON was selected as the “Outstanding Kinesiology Professional” in the prestigious Neag School of Education Alumni Society 2011 Awards at the University of Connecticut. This is an important honor for Dr. Gibson, as social scientists are not commonly selected for the award.
03/25/11- JOHN EGBERTS has been selected at the Florida Bicycle Association’s Bike and Pedestrian Educator of the Year for 2010-2011. Founded in 1997, FBA is an educational and charitable organization that focuses on inspiring and supporting people to enjoy life through biking in a safe manner. John accepted his award at the 2011 Florida Bike Summit in Tallahassee on the steps of the Old Capitol.
03/16/11- IGNATIOUS CAHYANTO, a TRSM student, has received a $1,000 grant from the Southeast States Chapter of Travel and Tourism Research Association to complete research for his dissertation on hurricane evacuation. The award will be presented to him at the STS Spring Meeting / SE
TTRA Research Symposium March 29, 2011 in Destin, FL.
03/05/11- TRSM students, SOPHIA D. MIN, MINKIL KIM, & DAEYUN KIM, received the Top Paper in Sport Marketing Track Award at the 2011 Association of Marketing Theory and Practice (ATMP) Conference recently held in Panama City, FL. Drs. Chong Kim at Hanyang University (Korea) and JAMES J. ZHANG at the University of Florida, were the advisors of the study entitled “Dimensions of Market Demand associated with Professional Women’s Basketball Game Events in Korea.”
03/05/11- LUKE L. MAO, a TRSM student, received the Top Paper in Service Marketing Track Award at the 2011 Association of Marketing Theory and Pratice (ATMP) Conference in Panama City, FL. Drs. Chong Kim from Hanyang University in Korea and JAMES J. ZHANG from the University of Florida, were the advisors. His study is entitled “Exploring the Factors Affecting the Perceived Program Quality of International Sport Education Programs: A Case of a Chinese Sport University.”
01/10/11- DR. JAMES ZHANG was selected as the 2011 Sport Professional of the Year by the Southern District Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. This award recognizes an active sport-field professional for his or her outstanding contributions to sport. Dr. Zhang will be recognized this February at the Award Luncheon during the SDAAHPERD Convention in Greensboro, NC.
01/05/11- IGNATIOUS CAHYANTO, a TRSM student, has received a $4,000 ASTA Holland American Cruise Line-sponsored scholarship from Tourism Cares, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the travel experience for future generations. Each year, as part of the Tourism Cares Scholarship Program, the prestigious scholarships are presented to deserving travel, tourism and hospitality students from across the United States and Canada. Mr. Cahyanto will examine the relationships between tourists’ individual characteristics and their risk information behaviors. He believes tourists are an at-risk population, particularly in the event of a crisis because of language barriers and potential lack of knowledge concerning risks presented by hurricanes in the state of Florida. The findings will be of considerable interest and importance to those in Emergency Management, Response Service Teams, policy makers, and Destination Management Organizations.