QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 76 - Page 6

Superstar S u s a n attends student voice class International superstar and QMU honorary graduate Susan Boyle toured the university campus in November and took the opportunity to meet staff and students. Susan, who is an enthusiastic supporter of the University, was keen to find out more about the University’s work in the performing arts. She visited the costume design and construction studio, attended a voice class for Acting for Stage and Screen students and saw Drama and Performance students rehearse in the on- campus studio. ❒ 6 From the Olympics to the Commonwealth Games, it’s all been happening at QMU It seems like the University has turned into a VIP drop-in over the last few months with some of the world’s highest profile event organisers flying in from all over the world just to talk to QMU students. Event management students have been particularly spoiled for choice having had the opportunity to learn from an Olympic transport specialist, the producer of the Super Bowl, and the director of the company tasked with producing the opening and closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games 2014. Thanks to Professor Joe Goldblatt, Director of QMU’s International Centre for the Study of Planned Events, event management students have been lapping up stories of the London Olympics and the recent UK and US Super Bowl events, as well as hearing about plans and volunteering opportunities for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014. QMYOU / Welcoming special guests After hearing that he had worked 20 hours a day, every day for four weeks straight, students were surprised that Arnold Guanco, Olympic transport expert, could still stand up, never mind discuss the complexities of the London Olympics transport system. Arnold, who has worked at many Olympics but was most recently deputy bus system manager at the London Olympics, talked to students about the systems that were put in place to ensure the smooth running of this huge event. With many years of experience in global sporting events, Arnold was also able to highlight lessons learned in previous events which, if considered by Glasgow event managers, could help to ensure a successful Commonwealth Games in 2014. Frank Supovitz, Senior Vice President of Events at the US National Football League (NFL), came directly from Wembley, London