Academics Hosts Freshman Transition Panel

Oct. 1, 2014 LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming Athletic Department's Office of Academic Support hosted a Freshman Transition Panel last week in the Rochelle Athletic Center. The event helped Cowboy and Cowgirl freshmen student-athletes learn about the transition from high school to college and is an element of the department's SADDLE Cup Program.

An incoming student's freshman year is paramount to matriculating through college and knowing certain things can make the year and the transition easier. Student-athletes have many different time commitments to juggle, so learning how to make better decisions can help with the change from a high school setting to a collegiate environment. Presenters at the panel included Tori Kricken, an Adjunct Professor in Wyoming's Law School and College of Business who also serves as a District Court Commissioner, Circuit Court Magistrate and Drug Court Judge in Laramie. UW Chief of Police Mike Samp and McIntyre Hall Residence Coordinator Hannah Diebold also spoke, while former UW student-athletes Nikki Finnesand and Jacob Edwards presented as well.

UW's SADDLE Cup Program stands for Student-Athletes Dedicated to the Development of Leadership and Engagement. Each of Wyoming's student-athletes may earn points for their sport team during the year through involvement in: academic activities and community service activities. The sport team with the most points at the conclusion of the academic year is named the SADDLE Cup winner.

Tori Kricken: "I thought the event, which was very well attended, demonstrated the commitment of the University of Wyoming and its student-athletes to succeeding in a college setting and to valuing the educational opportunities that await them. It was refreshing to remember the enthusiasm that these students have about their futures and to know that they will be setting a shining example for generations to come."

Jacob Edwards: "There is so much young people don't yet understand or fully grasp about this next step into a collegiate atmosphere - how to use funds, how to tamper expectations- and it will take more than just one meeting to really help them, but this was a BIG foot in the door for future Wyoming athletes. Coming into college is overwhelming, but coming in as a college athlete is a monumental leap into the spotlight and into personal responsibility, and having peers and professionals like Mike Samp, Hannah, Tori, and former athletes relate and offer their support is a big reminder that the community is here to support young athletes and their futures."

Ryan Ball (Freshman swimmer from Loveland, Colo.): "Coming into college I was filled with questions and going to this meeting was extremely helpful in answering those questions. I felt like I could relate to some of the speakers and they all made things easy to understand. I wasn't intimidated to ask questions throughout the presentation because all of the speakers seemed like genuine people who wanted to help me."