“Don’t give up at half time. Concentrate on winning the second half.” – Paul Bryant

Although there is no snow on the ground, the Christmas spirit is in the air and that means the end of the semester has finally arrived. Finals week was December 10th – 14th and I am thankful it is over. My finals consisted of a test in Macroeconomics, a final presentation on the financial aspects of international and globalization of sports, a paper on globalization of sports, and a paper on contract negotiation for a hypothetical fitness facility purchasing 70 pieces of equipment. Needless to say this semester has flown by and I want to use this last blog to discuss what we have been able to accomplish this semester as a team.

First, our new MSA Cares program has been a great success. We have helped the Habitat for Humanity build a home, the Salvation Army stuff stockings for under privileged youth, had a cookout for the Special Olympics, and help put on a fun run for the Finn McCool’s Foundation. Throughout the entire semester our students have given so much of their time for these great causes. We have raised more than $1100 for these charities and have volunteered over 336 hours. This school year is the MSA “Year to Give Back” and we are slowly on our way to accomplishing the tall goals of volunteering 1500 hours and raising $15000 for charity.

This past semester the MSA program has been very active, both professors and students, by attending conferences and conventions. MSA students have traveled to the Winter Baseball Meetings, the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women convention, and attended the IVY League Sports Symposium, just to name a few. In January, six students, including myself, and Dr. O’Rourke will be heading down to sunny Orlando to compete in the Case Cup competition. Last year our program came in 3rd place and this year we are hungry for a win and a trophy.

Perhaps the biggest change has been the re-branding of the website and the new curriculum and courses. The website, is perhaps the biggest change to occur with a completely new system that will allow for better information to be given to you prospective and current students. Dr. O’Rourke and Canisius have been finalizing a deal to partner with Osaka University of Health and Sport Science University in Osaka, Japan to expose the program and students to new markets and individuals. On top of that the program has restructured its curriculum and added new classes. The new classes added are Ticketing Operations and Globalization of Sport. With these classes, the MSA program will ensure that students continue to get the best industry based curriculum and remain competitive in the sports industry.

As the semester comes to a close, I want to thank all the students and professors this semester. We have been successful in the classroom and outside helping others and making a difference in our communities.

From of all of us in the MSA program, please have a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Health New Year!

Until next time,

Brent Gray, MSA GA