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Around 35 students from Concordia St. Paul will help staff hospitality chalets at the upcoming 2016 Ryder Cup golf tournament held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., Sept. 27-Oct. 2.
CSP associate professor of sport management Dr. Steve Ross, who was recommended to Ryder Cup organizers, helped arrange the opportunity for students to work alongside the tournament’s corporate hospitality group. Student volunteers will provide assistance in all aspects of corporate hospitality, including coordinating events on site and providing assistance to CEO’s, guests and others in attendance.
Ross sees this as a great opportunity for students, particularly those in CSP’s sport management program, to gain relevant experience in a number of areas.
“Students will be part of a global event dealing with customer service, facility management, corporate hospitality and mega-event planning,” Ross said. “They will also be exposed to an international audience, so assisting in visitors to the United States will also be a big part of the learning experience.”
Students have the option to gain internship credits or simply volunteer. Those who choose the internship will be asked to complete other course assignments such as readings, online work and a final paper.
In addition to CSP’s students, a small number of students and faculty from Concordia Irvine along with a few faculty from the University of Massachusetts are volunteering during the event. Dr. Katie Fischer and Lana Huberty will join Ross as faculty representatives from Concordia St. Paul.
The Ryder Cup is a men’s golf competition that’s held every two years between the United States and Europe.