BOWLING GREEN, KY—The School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport has partnered with the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach’s (DELO) Study Away office to offer a winter Study Away at the NCAA Convention January 17-20, 2017. Led by KRS faculty Dr. Evie Oregon and Dr. Lacee Carmon-Johnson, ten students were afforded the opportunity to attend educational sessions, network, participate in meetings and discussions with NCAA officials, conference staff, athletic administrators, upcoming professionals, and meet Dr. Mark Emmert, NCAA President.
Prior to attending the convention, students completed two weeks of online course work covering governance in intercollegiate athletics. “I believe there is no better way to learn the history of an event or an organization than to immerse yourself in it, and our students did!” stated Oregon, trip leader and coordinator of the Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Administration (RSA) with a concentration in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration. “I am so proud of our students as they represented themselves and WKU with the highest professionalism and class, and it is because of them I know the future of college athletics is very bright”
“The convention was a great experience and it opened my eyes to some of the issues the NCAA as a whole is facing today,” noted Sarah Nass, student attendee. “Mental Health is an important issue that we must address in intercollegiate athletics, and the academic redistribution of funds could possible help combat this cost in the future. The NCAA still has a lot of work to do, but it is clear that they are moving in the right direction.”
The faculty and students found the experience at the NCAA Convention Study Away to be a beneficial addition to the Governance course, and discussions and plans are already underway to continue this great partnership with the RSA program, Study Away and NCAA to do a similar course at the upcoming conventions in 2018 in Indianapolis, IN and 2019 in Atlanta, GA.
“I definitely plan on going to the convention in the future to maintain connections that I made through the Study Away, create new ones and gain more insight to the operations of the NCAA across all Divisions,” said Arthur Pollard, student. “This type of experience allows us students to immerse ourselves in the NCAA culture and recognize the areas in which they are excelling, failing and trying to amend. The amount of people that participate in the convention is a testament to the wide reach of the NCAA and all of those it effects in collegiate athletics.”
Students who participated were Mathew Amburgey of Frankfort, KY; Katie Armbruster of Gallatin, TN; Anthony Bowman of Louisville, KY; Evan Carter of Lebanon, KY; Taylor McFall of Bowling Green, KY; Sarah Naas of Barlow, KY; Leslie Parker of Georgetown, KY; Arthur Pollard of Brooklyn, NY; Jalynn Britt of Bowling Green, KY; and Laysha Brown of Goodlettsville, TN.
For more information, please contact Evie Oregon at (270) 745-2080 or by email at email@example.com.
About Western Kentucky University’s School of KRS: The vision of the School of Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport is to offer premier academic programs and to be acknowledged for innovative teaching, research, and creative & professional service activities related to improving wellness and overall quality of life in a global society. The School of KRS’s mission is to provide high quality educational experiences and engagement opportunities for future professionals seeking knowledge in disciplines related to human movement, leisure services, and sport management.