Thursday, December 5, 2013

Rockhurst "Football"

Rockhurst has a very popular tshirt at the bookstore that says "Rockhurst University Football: Undefeated since 1958"- coincidentally, this is the year that the university football team stopped competing.  However, the soccer (European futbol) team have had an incredible record over the past many years.  With one of the top "winning-nest" coaches (also great accounting professor, Anthony Tocco), and a supportive program with other talented coaches.  The team hosted the regional games last weekend, and after winning those- progressed onto the NCAA Division II Final Four games today in Georgia.  While the team did not win these games, this was an incredible opportunity for the team, and we are proud that they were able to represent the university in such a great way, and do so well to progress this far.  

Otherwise, this week has also welcomed many visitors- several food vendors have come to campus as the current food service provider contract will need to be renewed or a new one decided on by the summer of 2015.  This meant that there were different groups of people on campus surveying students and getting a feel for the scope of Food Services on campus.  We hope that they will be able to find the right fit for campus, whether it is with our current provider or a different direction!  

Monday, December 2, 2013

Capstone and Events

Well this marks the final week of my capstone presentation for my International Business degree.  It seems as though we were just presented with the different options for our capstone groups to work with, so obviously the time has gone by very quickly!  On Wednesday, my group will present our final proposal for ways that the National Airline History Museum can make changes to increase their marketing presence and increase visitors to the museum.  This presentation will be in the form of an almost hour-long presentation in front of board members, classmates, and professors.  We will be talking about our recommendations for the museum, based on our experiences visiting the museum, discussing the issues with our contact, and researching solutions based on what other museums have done in the past also.  Some of the best parts about working with the museum was the events that we have attended as a result of being a part of this project.

The first event I attended was the Celebration of Flight in the middle of September.  This event included Red Bull Flugtag fliers who did stunts, visiting planes open for tours, and the whole building open for visitors.  I attended this event with my boyfriend, who thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Flugtag fliers (in the background of this picture) in addition to other parts of the museum.  Attending the event was incredibly useful as we looked at the ways for the museum to continue to benefit from our work.
Later on, in November, I attended the Salute to Veterans event at the museum.  This event was a 40s themed evening party that included dinner, silent auction, and dance to benefit the museum.  Red, white, and blue adorned the planes, and all of the decorations throughout the museum, which provided the theme for the evening.  The evening started with hor d'oeuvres all around the venue, and then I was connected with a few of the board members and ended up enjoying the evening with a few of the board members and their significant others.  There were several veterans who had been POWs during World War 2 who attended the event, in addition to countless other veterans from all lines of the service.  After many ceremonial pieces specifically addressing the holiday, the visitors sat down to enjoy songs and dinner for the rest of the evening.  
These events, among a few other visits to the museum really set off the opportunities that lie in weekend plans in Kansas City.  You never know how you might be spending your time when there are so many things out there for people to enjoy!