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Student Officers

Accessibility and Interaction for All 

     The student board acts on behalf of students across North America throughout the year and is their voice at the executive council meetings leading up to each NASSM conference. The student board organizes and hosts a meeting for all student delegates to attend during the annual conference. What distinguishes a great student experience from a good student experience is in large part due to the interactive nature of the conference. Part of the board's responsibility is to ensure that each conference offers a positive social environment for networking, professional development sessions, and workshops where students can meet, interact and learn from practicing sport managers and professors in the field of sport.

Your NASSM Student Officers for the 2017/2018 academic year are listed below. Click their names for more information.

Katie Reifurth - Student President

Katie Reifurth
School Affiliation
University of South Carolina
Email
reifurth@email.sc.edu
Advisor
Dr. Khalid Ballouli and Dr. Bob Heere

Katie Reifurth is a third-year PhD student at the University of South Carolina.  She received her BA from Northwestern University in Psychology and her MS from the University of Texas at Austin in Kinesiology.  She spent two years working in the Sport Marketing Department at Northwestern University while working towards her BA, and she spent a year interning with Spurs Sports & Entertainment during her MS.  Her research interests are focused on team identification and child fan development.

Farah Ishaq - Student Board Representative (Student Symposium)

Farah Ishaq
School Affiliation
University of Kansas
Email
farah.ishaq@ku.edu
Advisor
Dr. Jordan Bass

Farah J. Ishaq is a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences at the University of Kansas. He is currently a 2nd year Ph.D. student in sport management. Farah graduated with a Master’s of Art in Sport Administration from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from Iowa State University. He has experience working with different sport organizations over several years, including Iowa State Athletics, Northwestern Athletics, Disney Sports, the Orlando Magic, and the United States Olympic Committee. Originally from the Chicago area, Farah enjoys catching a game at Wrigley Field, photography, the great outdoors, traveling and chowing down at the newest restaurants in town.

Kristen Morrison - Student Board Representative (Student Social)

Kristen Morrison
School Affiliation
University of Waterloo
Email
kristen.morrison@uwaterloo.ca
Year
3rd year doctoral student
Advisor
Dr. Katie Misener

Kristen Morrison is a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo. Her dissertation research focuses on strategic management in community sport organizations. After completing her M.A. at Western University, Kristen spent a few years working full time in the sports event industry, organizing large-scale events as well as conferences. Kristen has also worked on a number of both industry and academic conferences, including the Canadian Congress on Leisure Research where she successfully written grant applications to fund student initiatives during the conference. Kristen has taught Event Management at the University of Waterloo and enjoys being able to relate course concepts to real-world examples. Outside of research and teaching, Kristen enjoys hiking and traveling, and spending time with friends and family. 

Walker Ross - Student Board Representative (Faculty-Mentor Initiative)

Walker Ross
School Affiliation
University of South Carolina
Email
wjross@email.sc.edu
Advisor
Dr. Haylee Mercado

Walker Ross is a second-year doctoral student at the University of South Carolina. He received his BA in Environmental Ethics and Policy from the University of Portland (UP) and his MS in Kinesiology from the University of Georgia. He has worked in marketing, promotions, and event management in the UP Athletic Department and for the Portland Timbers/Thorns. As well, he has taught physical education and coached water polo at the University of Georgia. His research interests focus on environmentalism, sustainability, and ethical issues in the management of sport events with a particular emphasis on mega events.