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Samantha Huge Article / Williamsburg Gazette
The Tribe's new AD, Samantha Huge, spoke at a Williamsburg Economic Development Authority business luncheon earlier this week. The Virginia Gazette wrote an article about her main talking points ...
http://www.vagazette.com/news/va-vg-biz-...story.html
06-18-2017 09:08 AM
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Samantha Huge Article / Williamsburg Gazette
"Huge said some of the items on her agenda included insuring stronger wifi in the arenas and stadiums and building an aquatics center on campus.

Huge said stronger wifi would attract more fans to games and enhance the fan experience."

Right, I don't go to watch the game, but to get on my cell phone. And if building an aquatics center is what you are talking about, it says everything about what's on your mind. Lord help us, if this is the big vision mindset !

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06-18-2017 11:27 AM
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I have a different take.

The aquatics center is the type of facility that can involve greater Williamsburg community involvement on a daily basis ... this was the perfect audience to whom to pitch that idea, especially if local funding can come into play.

As for WiFi, at every break in the action, I'm surfing the web on my phone.... so juicing up the WiFi is also a smart play.
06-18-2017 01:23 PM
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06-18-2017 02:12 PM
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RE: Samantha Huge Article / Williamsburg Gazette
(06-18-2017 01:23 PM)nj alum Wrote:  I have a different take.

The aquatics center is the type of facility that can involve greater Williamsburg community involvement on a daily basis ... this was the perfect audience to whom to pitch that idea, especially if local funding can come into play.

As for WiFi, at every break in the action, I'm surfing the web on my phone.... so juicing up the WiFi is also a smart play.
Seems like commercial partnering to get big screen video and other game stoppage entertainment in Kaplan and Zable would do far more to attract fans and stimulate community advertising participation. Maybe it's just that a Wifi upgrade is low hanging fruit, but it's not what I'd like to see on the AD's conscience.

Recognizing that an aquatics upgrade should be in the picture, unless W&M plans to build an on campus facility with use open to the public and youth programs, I don't see how there is community benefit.

I guess the other article reinforces that she has not had time to evaluate needs, but I would have expected/hoped there would be some big vision/drive she would be coming in with and already in sync with the BOT/President before having community/public communication.

Would have liked to have heard more in that first article about what the economic development group thinks W&M could do better to get more local involvement/attendance at events, and where they think the partnering opportunities are.

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RE: Samantha Huge Article / Williamsburg Gazette
The article is a puff piece, and is not going to provide the detail that you would like.

Regardless, the aquatics center is noted to be one of several items on her agenda, and the last paragraph uses the word partnership which, to me, means community involvement.
06-18-2017 04:22 PM
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RE: Samantha Huge Article / Williamsburg Gazette
I would like to think that W&M is part of this discussion:

http://www.vagazette.com/sports/va-vg-sp...story.html

There is mention of an aquatics center that just opened in the area, but it does not appear to have diving facilities.

There is so much in the attached article worthy of comment ... nah, it's Sunday.

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(06-18-2017 02:12 PM)Mrs. Got Ribe Wrote:  http://www.dailypress.com/sports/william...story.html
Nice, what does everyone like to eat and do you prefer coffee or tea. Way to hit the ground running.

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You don't get a second chance to make a first impression. I'm happy that she's a people person. Is there a more hackneyed expression out there? Wm and Mary could use a decent pool. I have fond memories of throwing up just outside the pool, located in the basement of historic Blow Jim, or was it Gym. So much for the homonyms, with an apoplectic Dudley Jenson looking aghast. Anything to pass senior lifesaving. That's a riot. Along with Ms Huge.
06-18-2017 08:13 PM
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RE: Samantha Huge Article / Williamsburg Gazette
Agreed with NJ that this is just a puff piece. Getting SH into the community is a great thing, even if there's not a ton of substance. Keep in mind TD doesn't officially retire until next week.

Anyway, there's a bit of snark in this thread, so just to bring it back:

-Wi-Fi may not seem like a big deal, but I can distinctly remember connectivity being an issue when I was in school. That's been almost a decade ago, so I'm certain this is a bigger deal now that it was. Friends of mine that enjoyed going to Tribe sports would sometimes want to stay in their dorm for the top 5 match-up between School X and School Y.
-For diehards, Wifi isn't a big deal. But if you want to increase student attendance and get the more casual fan, stuff like this is important. (NFL stadiums are encountering this as well. Nearly every stadium now has bandwidth to support folks checking fantasy scores, streaming highlights)
-Wifi sponsorships are also a big opportunity to increase sponsorship revenue. Of course to be the official wifi sponsor, but also creates more engaging promotions with other sponsors. The easier access to social media at the games, the better.
-If you don't think that stuff is important, then we need to stop pretending to care about our coaches following recruits on Twitter.
-As for coffee or tea, I see this as the sign of a good manager. Seems like small potatoes (or tall lattes), but it goes a long way to learning your staff.

I haven't had the opportunity to meet SH yet, but I'm throwing support behind her to drive us forward. Even if it is just support of answers in a puff piece...
06-19-2017 08:05 AM
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