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Beijing Sport University Representatives to Visit Springfield College for Sport Panel Sessions

July 28, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., July 28, 2011—A delegation of 25 administrators and faculty members from China’s Beijing Sport University will visit Springfield College on Tuesday, Aug. 2, to take part in a program focused on college and university sports in the United States.

Led by the Beijing Sport University Director of Personnel Xia Lunhao, the delegation will attend a formal welcome and breakfast with Springfield College department chairs and Chinese students and scholars. After a tour of the campus, the group will participate in two informational sessions and discussions, with Springfield College administrators serving as panelists.

One session is titled “U.S. Sport: Finances, Development, Admissions and Alumni Relations,” and will feature Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations John White, Director of Enrollment Management Mary DeAngelo, and Director of Alumni Relations Tamari Kidess Lucey. It will be moderated by Dean of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation Charles Redmond.

The second session is titled “U.S. Sports: Integration of Academics and Sport,” and will feature Director of Athletics Cathie Schweitzer, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Physical Education and Health Education Kathleen Mangano, Ed.D., Professor of Physical Education Joel Dearing, and Director of the Academic Success Center Andrew Wilcox. It will be moderated by Stephen Posner, Ph.D., associate professor of sport management and recreation and head men’s gymnastics coach.

Additionally, at Mount Holyoke College, on Monday, Aug. 1, Kevin McAllister, Ed.D., Springfield College assistant professor and graduate coordinator in the department of sport management and recreation presented “Sport governance in the United States: Structure issues and the role of the government” to participants. The presentation, an introduction to U.S. government structure, was of particular note because Chinese citizens are accustomed to government-sponsored programming for elite and Olympic sport.

Springfield College has a long-standing relationship with Beijing Sport University, previously known as Beijing Institute of Physical Education. The two institutions signed their first formal agreement in 1981. Delegations and exchange visitors from China have visited the college numerous times throughout the years, and Springfield College President Richard B. Flynn has been a guest at the Beijing campus.

During the trip, the Beijing Sport University delegation hopes to learn about professional and community sports programs and administration in the United States, including the NCAA. In addition to Springfield College, the group will visit Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Mount Holyoke College, University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, Trinity College, and Clark University. The group will also tour Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C., as well as the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame while in Springfield.

Springfield College has several formal agreements with other institutions in China, as well as in Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Hungary, India, Venezuela and others.

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