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RMU Sport Management Conference Once Again Draws the Nation’s Top Sports Executives to Pittsburgh

Monday, October 12, 2015

Pittsburgh – Robert Morris University will host its 12th annual Sport Management Conference on Friday, Oct. 16, at the Sewall Center at RMU’s Moon Township campus.  

Students will have the valuable opportunity to network and get career advice from some of the nation’s top sports executives – including graduates of RMU’s Sport Management Program, one of the top such programs in the United States. Approximately 160 people are slated to attend the sold-out conference.

The conference features panel discussions on issues confronting the sports industry as well as breakout sessions for students to learn the skills they need to launch their careers. Representatives from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dick’s Sporting Goods, the Arizona Diamond Backs, Consol Energy Center, D.C. United, the NBA, MLB Network, and many others will be on hand.

As has become tradition at the conference, 1988 RMU graduate Murray Cohn, vice president of team ticket sales for the NBA, will energize the crowd with an opening address starting at 8:45 a.m. The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is sports marketing guru Dan Migala, founding partner of the Property Consulting Group and publisher of The Migala Report. Migala will speak at noon. A schedule for the day can be found here.

Another highlight of the Sport Management Conference is the annual induction into the RMU Sport Management Hall of Fame, which will take place at 6:15 p.m. This year’s inductees are:

  • Angela Churchill, senior manager of marketing and sales enablement for Comcast Business, Northeast Division. Churchill earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and sport management in 2001. Before joining Comcast in 2012, she held positions as the general manager of the event division for the international publication AMM, the marketing and event manager for Fortune 500 company WESCO, and as a marketing manager at PLB Sports.


  • Jennifer Heppel, executive director of the Patriot League. Heppel earned an MBA from Robert Morris in 1993. Previously, as associate commissioner for governance at the Big Ten (2010-15), she worked directly with the presidents/chancellors, faculty representatives, and administrators in implementing the policy initiatives of the conference along with having a leading role nationally in the recent restructuring of the NCAA Division I governance system, and held the position of Secretary of the conference. In addition, she oversaw all aspects of Big Ten men's ice hockey, including representing the Big Ten on the boards of the Hockey Commissioners' Association and College Hockey, Inc.


  • Katy Yurk, associate director of academic and membership affairs for the NCAA, with Division I as her primary focus. Yurk has held that position since 2005, and joined the NCAA in 2002.  Before joining the NCAA Katy worked in athletic rules compliance at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University-San Marcos) and at Baylor University. She also worked for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Yurk earned her MBA from Robert Morris in 1994.



Through 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate degree programs across five academic schools, Robert Morris University (RMU) in Pittsburgh, Pa., works to change its students' lives so that they can go out and change the lives of others for the better. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate, nontraditional and online students from 45 states and 41 nations are enrolled at RMU, which sits on 230 scenic acres just 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Emphasizing experiential learning, Robert Morris focuses on professional development, service learning, global awareness, undergraduate research, campus leadership, and cultural experiences, all of which are documented on our innovative Student Engagement Transcript. More than 100 clubs and organizations help students to develop leadership skills, network professionally, and meet friends. RMU also has 16 NCAA Division I athletic programs, including football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s ice hockey, and men's and women's lacrosse.