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Phillies execs go to bat for management majors during ballpark visit

Four Penn College sport and event management students spent the day getting to know the industry firsthand on Sept. 10. The group traveled to Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies, to network with team executives.

Bartholomew talks with a team executive.
Bartholomew talks with a team executive.
With National League champion Mickey Morandini are (from left) students Chrissy L. Rhinehart, Lacey Potter, Laura Smith and Janaya Bartholomew.
With National League champion Mickey Morandini are (from left) students Chrissy L. Rhinehart, Lacey Potter, Laura Smith and Janaya Bartholomew.

Attending were Janaya B. Bartholomew, of Williamsport; Lacey Potter, of Philipsburg; Chrissy L. Rhinehart, of Allenwood; and Laura E. Smith, of New Oxford. They were accompanied by faculty members Chip D. Baumgardner, associate professor of business administration/management, and Tammy M. Rich, assistant professor of business administration/management/event management.

The event is part of the Philadelphia Phillies #CollegeSeries, designed for college students and recent grads to find out what it’s like to work for a major league baseball team. Sept. 10 was Sport & Facility Management Night and provided the opportunity to speak with the organization’s general manager of facilities, special events manager, manager for event operations and staffing, and the division manager for Aramark at the park.

A highlight of the visit is seats for the Phillies’ game against the Atlanta Braves. From left are Rhinehart, Bartholomew, Potter and Smith.
A highlight of the visit is seats for the Phillies’ game against the Atlanta Braves. From left are Rhinehart, Bartholomew, Potter and Smith.
Potter and Smith root for the home team on its way to a 6-5 victory.
Potter and Smith root for the home team on its way to a 6-5 victory.

The students attended a networking session that was followed by a panel discussion, where the topics centered on a day in the life of a sports manager and what students can do to prepare for their careers.

Highlights included a photo with 1993 National League Champion Phillie and Club Ambassador Mickey Morandini, an opportunity to hold the team’s latest World Series Ring, a visit from shortstop Brad Miller, and seats for the evening’s Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves game.

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