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The University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Management is dedicated to providing high-quality business education in Alaska through a unique, active and experiential learning environment. With small class sizes, dedicated and approachable faculty and many opportunities for students to connect with the local community and professionals in their fields, SOM prepares broadly-educated professionals with a wealth of hands-on experience.

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  • Students visit U.S. Olympic Training Center and NCAA Final Four

    October 01, 2019

      Last spring, a number of UAF students had the fantastic opportunity to attend two separate national events related to sport management. On March 18-21, six students attended the Team USA Symposium held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The students were exposed to various aspects of the Olympic and Paralympic sport and learned from industry leaders through keynote speakers and panel discussions on various topics, including the Olympic Movement, sports performance, and sports business development. UAF also entered two teams into the USOC Case Study competition. Each team presented a 15-minute oral presentation on whether or not eSports should be allowed in the Olympics to a panel of staff within the Olympic and Paralympic Movement.     “The USOC Symposium was such an amazing experience,” said Lisa Laiti, a senior majoring in business administration. “I was able to get to know more people from the university who I didn’t know very well before, experience a brand-new place, and learn so much about the sports business world. My favorite part of the trip was being able to have a better understanding of the Olympic Movement and the business side of the Olympics. This was the perfect occasion…
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  • The Scoop on Sports Sales

    September 06, 2019

    We spoke with Travis Misner, Manager of Partnership Development with the Charlotte Hornets, to get the scoop on sports sales and the melding of business education and the sports industry. Travis is a co-instructing the Sport Sales class for SOM’s Sport and Recreation Business program, which has twenty students this semester.   Tell us about your background – both academically and professionally. I received my BA from Loras College, a small liberal arts school in Dubuque, IA, where I studied Physical Education and K-12 Teaching. While on campus, I was a baseball student-athlete and had the unique opportunity to serve on the NCAA Division III National Student Athlete Advisory Committee, where I represented over 10,000 student-athletes from two different Division III conferences. This was where I discovered my passion for the business of sports, and was able to be a part of conversations and decisions that were far outside my realm of understanding. In order to give myself the best chance at success in the industry, I knew I had to go back to school to get my business degree. On the advice of a mentor, I decided to attend Ohio University’s (OU) dual MBA/MSA (sports administration) program, where I…
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