On March 22, the Lock Haven University Sport Studies Department held its first in-person alumni panel in two years. The department welcomed back alumni Adam Kaylor, James Updike, Alisha Wein and Tyler Whary to speak about the paths they took to become a professional in the sports industry.
Kaylor is a 2018 and 2020 graduate and is employed by LHU as the athletic communications assistant. Since his freshman year, Kaylor has volunteered for the Athletic Department and later became a graduate assistant for Doug Spatafore, senior director of athletic communications and marketing.
Updike is a 2010 graduate and currently works for Penn State University as an event manager. While at The Haven, he was very active with the then Sport Administration Society Club, now the Sport Management Club, and served as club president, putting together fundraising projects to give students more opportunities to go on trips and conferences.
Wein is a 2018 and 2020 graduate and works for Bloomsburg University as the assistant to the athletic director. During her time at Lock Haven, Wein was a student ambassador, the provost's student assistant and worked for the Center for Excellence and Inclusion as an orientation leader and mentor.
Whary is a 2020 graduate and is employed by the Lehigh Valley Phantoms as a service and retention specialist. Whary was an active member of the Sport Management Club. He was able to volunteer at the NFL Draft in 2017 and in 2018 he volunteered at the College Football National Championship.
Every year, the Sport Studies Department brings back a few alumni to speak to its students and give advice that helped them while they attended LHU. Unfortunately, COVID-19 cancelled the panel in 2020 and it was held virtually in 2021.
"It was great being able to bring alumni back onto campus for the first time in two years," said Bridget Roun, sport studies faculty. "We had a great turnout and I think our students learned a lot from the panel. Our alumni are always reaching out, trying to help the current students and we all appreciate it."
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