WKU’s School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport (KRS) in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) has partnered with the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach’s (DELO) Study Away office to offer a summer seminar May 15-22 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Led by KRS faculty Dr. Brad Stinnett and Dr. Evie Oregon, 19 graduate and undergraduate students were afforded an unparalleled behind-the-scenes look at facility planning, design and constructions processes in professional, intercollegiate and interscholastic recreation and sport facilities.
Drs. Evie Oregon and Brad Stinnett
“The 3rd annual study away was phenomenal, and our students were exposed to some state of the art facilities and some great professionals,” said Oregon. “I love this trip because we are not only able to learn a lot about each of our students, but more importantly, they were given a chance to learn more about themselves and all of the great opportunities that are available to them in the world of sport and recreation.”
Throughout the seven days in Charlotte, the students and faculty toured Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bank of America Stadium, Time Warner Cable Arena, Bojangles Coliseum, Charlotte Convention Center, Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Charlotte and much more.
“Dr. Oregon and I cannot replicate these experiences in the classroom,” stated Stinnett. “As an instructor, this is my favorite course to teach, as I get to watch as students increase their knowledge of venue design and management, enhance their professional network and clarify their career goals.”
Part of the student experience in the course is writing a blog post to reflect upon their experiences during the trip. Their student reflections provide not only insight into the scope of the course, but also how this type of field experience provides a learning environment that a textbook and lecture format course cannot replace.
“This trip is truly life changing for students, and they’re so appreciative of the opportunity, not to mention how this program proudly represents the school of KRS,” noted Oregon. “That's why we are looking forward to next summer’s symposium, which will be held in Kansas City.”
Students that participated were Tara Arnold of Frankfort, KY; Laysha Brown of Goodlettsville, TN; Jared Carpenter, Deborah Howard, Taylor McFall, Jacqueline McGill, Cryssi Attig and Joshua Lindsey of Bowling Green, KY; Houston Croney of Hopkinsville, KY; Lance Dozier of Rochester, MN; Anton Calvin of Old Hickory, TN; Tremayne Yocum and Steven Roberts of Louisville, KY; Andre Scott of Antioch, TN; Taylor Brantley of Princeton, KY; Prince Holmes of Indianapolis, IN; Terren Johnson of Evansville, IN; Emily Spink of Brandenburg, KY; and Seth Thompson of Cub Run, KY.
For more information, please contact Dr. Evie Oregon at (270) 745-2080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.