The management of events is crucial in society today. Events are used for business functions, social contacts, entertainment, sporting activities, family gatherings and many other occasions. A well planned and managed event can be of tremendous advantage to corporations, groups, fund raising, community awareness and personal accomplishment. Managing events and facilities takes a great deal of planning and organizing. The Facility and Event Management major will have opportunities for applied learning experiences on and off campus, which include working with major events, facilities and organizations.
Examples of courses in this major:
In this course, the student will study the entire scope of facility management, including facility planning, construction, budgeting, facility operations and facility supervision.
This course is a practical approach to event management. Event planning, sponsorship, budgeting, management and evaluation will be emphasized. Events require a great deal of expertise and planning. Society demands that events be run professionally and efficiently.
This course examines the biblical treatment of relevant topics in business and economics. This examination provides a foundation for developing a framework for understanding business from a biblical perspective and for acting consistently within that understanding.
This course examines the approach to developing advertising/promotion strategy, the theory and practices of advertising and promotion; the use of advertising as a creative process, evaluation of the effectiveness of advertising, and the role of advertising and promotion in our society. Emphasis is placed on the relationship advertising has within the overall marketing programs as well as promotion mix, decision tools and ethical consideration.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.S. in Physical Education, Grace College; M.A. in Physical Education, Kent State University; Ed.D. in Sport Sociology, The University of Alabama
Darrell Johnson is the director of the Sport Management Program and is the facility coordinator for the Gordon Student Recreation Center. He is an active member in many professional organizations including AAHPERD, HASPE, AAPAR, IAHPERD and NASSM. He has presented at numerous state and national conventions and meetings on different sport management and physical education topics. Johnson is active in major sports events by volunteering, and he encourages his students to also be involved. Some of his recent experiences include the 2012 Super Bowl, the 2011 Big 10 Football Championship, the 2012 PGA Senior Championship and the USGA Senior Open. He regularly leads a group of students on a one-week trip to Atlanta, Georgia to study African-American culture and the rich history of African-American athletes. As a student, he played on the Lancer's baseball team and currently holds the record for the most wins in a career and the most wins in a season. In 2009, he was inducted into the Grace College Athletic Hall of Fame.
B.S. in Business Administration, Psychology and minor in Communications, Grace College; M.B.A., Lenoir-Rhyne University
"Coach Johnson" brings a diverse background to the Sports Management Department. Coach Johnson is the most decorated softball athlete to attend Grace. After graduation, she proceeded to get her M.B.A. at Lenoir-Rhyne University while serving as the facility and special events manager of the Division II Athletic Program. After several years of coaching high school and raising her family, she has returned to Grace as the head softball coach to help rebuild Grace's softball program. In addition to coaching, she teaches facility management and marketing for the Sports Management Program. Heather and her husband, Jay, have three children and reside in Warsaw, Indiana.
B.A. in Business Administration, Cedarville University; M.B.A., University of Baltimore; D.B.A., Cleveland State University
Jeffery Fawcett serves as dean of the School of Business and Professor of Marketing. He came to Grace College in 2011, bringing 24 years of experience in Christian higher education. Prior to beginning his teaching career, he worked as a consultant in Washington, D.C. on contracts with the Naval Sea Systems Command and the Federal Aviation Administration. Fawcett is very active in the Christian Business Faculty Association.
B.A. in Political Science and History, Parsons College; M.P.A. in Public Administration, Ball State University; M.B.A. in Finance, University of Saint Francis; D.B.A. in Marketing, Northcentral University
Prior to coming to Grace in 2011, Alan Grossnickle spent five years at the University of Saint Francis, where he developed the Entrepreneurship program and taught business courses. He has extensive experience as the former CEO/president and founder of Caremet, Inc. dba Miller's Merry Manor healthcare facilities, which was the largest independent healthcare organization in Indiana. He lives in Warsaw with his wife and has two sons and three grandchildren.
Some of the positions you can obtain:
What others are saying:
The hands-on experience involved in the Sport Management Program at Grace College is especially beneficial within the Event and Facility Management major. As a member of the Sport Management Department and Club, I was blessed to have a role in the management of the Laura Bush speaking event. This gave me an opportunity to take part in the behind-the-scenes aspects of a large professional event. Our group of students was able to be a part of the planning, organization and then, eventually, the execution of the event. We worked with students, community members and even the Secret Service. I feel very fortunate to have been part of a program that valued giving its students real life experiences to learn from.
- Hannah Lengel, B.S. Sport Management/Business Administration, 2012