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SMA Students Tour Pittsburgh's Heinz Field

Posted on 11/13/2015 2:30:43 PM

Students from the Student Marketing Association (SMA), part of IUP's Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, traveled to Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Oct. 28 to visit Heinz Field, the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

SMA Visits Heinz FieldSMA is an organization designed to educate marketing students outside of the traditional classroom setting. The members of SMA participate in various tours, networking events, competitions, and presentations from guest speakers while coordinating with faculty members to create an enhanced learning experience.

Upon arrival to Heinz Field the SMA students received a tour of the facility including a walk-through the box suites, team locker rooms and the field. While touring the stadium the students had the opportunity to look at team memorabilia throughout the facility and witness some of the behind-the-scenes action that allows the stadium to operate.

John Simpson, an IUP graduate who is now the marketing manager for the Steelers, met with the students from SMA to share his experience and advice. Simpson talked with the students about his past and current careers, potential internship opportunities for the students and tips to help them make their dream jobs reality.

To conclude the tour, the SMA students ate dinner at the Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36, one of Pittsburgh’s best sports bars according to Pittsburgh Magazine. Grille 36 is not only known for its award-winning menu, but also its Pittsburgh sports pride.

SMA students appreciated both the educational experience they gained from the trip as well as the opportunity to get to know other members better.

“The Heinz Field trip was a really great time,” said Edward Angelo, a senior studying marketing. “We got to go out and have some fun while learning valuable life lessons and business tips from John Simpson. Getting to know some of the members I didn’t know was an added bonus.”

Brian Bashline, the president of SMA, said, “It really helped getting to know all the members that went on the trip as we sat down in a friendly setting and talked as not just members of a club but as friends.”

When asked what he learned from the trip and Simpson’s advice, Angelo said, “Have passion in life and stick with it. In the end you will get to where you always wanted to be.”