Mix and mingle!
Chicago is a great place to be for Orange lovers. A variety of local SU events are scheduled regularly, including New Student Send-Offs for local first-year students. From annual favorites to special gatherings organized by the Alumni Club of Chicago, there are more ways than ever to connect with alums, visit with special guests from the University, and share your Orange pride!
Beating the Billy Goat Curse with Hits, Runs, and Data Analytics
Thursday, June 1, 2017
The Chicago Sports Museum
Water Tower Place, Level 7
835 North Michigan Avenue
Parking is available in the Water Tower Place Parking Garage for $12 with validated ticket.
Join the Chicago Regional Council for a panel discussion featuring Rodney Paul, sport management professor at Syracuse University’s Falk College and analytics expert; Michael Veley, the Rhonda S. Falk Endowed Professor and Falk College sport management department chair; Andrew Berlin ’83, a partner at the Chicago Cubs; and Tim Trussell, head of data sciences for sports analytics company Kinduct. The panelists will discuss the hot topic of sports analytics and explore how its real-world application has changed the game of baseball. The panel discussion will be followed by a reception with fellow Windy City Orange alumni.
Andrew Berlin ’83 is chairman and CEO of Berlin Packaging, chairman and owner of the South Bend Cubs minor league baseball team, a partner at the 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs, and active in many associations and civic activities, including serving on the board of directors of the American Cancer Society. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Syracuse University and a law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. A member of the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs advisory board, he established the Andrew Berlin Family National Security Research Fund, supporting faculty research in the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism.
Rodney Paul is a sports economist and professor of sport management in Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University. His areas of specialization include economics and finance of sports, with specific research in: attendance modeling; modeling of sports television ratings; market efficiency and sports wagering markets; prediction markets in sports; impact of violence in sports; and voting models of college sports polls.
Tim Trussell is head of data sciences for Kinduct, a sport analytics company. He brings more than 10 years of industry experience working with companies on the application of technology, statistical and machine learning techniques, and data analysis in addressing unique and pressing business problems. Before joining Kinduct, he was manager of data sciences at SAS Canada, where he worked closely with financial services, telecommunications, retail, and health care leaders on proper adoption and implementation of analytics processes.
Michael Veley is the inaugural Rhonda S. Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management at Syracuse University’s Falk College. His vision has played an instrumental role in the development and growth of the Falk College’s undergraduate and graduate degrees in sport management—including its newly announced undergraduate degree in sport analytics—while elevating its Department of Sport Management to national prominence.
With growing numbers of sport organizations embracing data analytics’ powerful role in understanding and prioritizing information to maintain a competitive advantage, there is increasing demand for sport analytics professionals to guide data-driven decision making. The Falk College undergraduate sports analytics program provides students with a deep understanding of math, statistics, research methodology, sport economics, database management, finance, and computer programming integral to sport analytics.
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