Student-Athlete Affairs Hosts Learning the Ropes
Sept. 30, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Student-Athlete Affairs program hosted its first annual "Learning the Ropes" Panel Discussion for freshmen student-athletes to assist with the sometimes strenuous transition from high school to college. Topics discussed included behavior and how to navigate the campus environment, the good and the bad. The panel was designed to educate student-athletes about the pressures, pitfalls, and issues that freshmen encounter. Accountability and responsibility was echoed by every panelist and encouraged the student-athletes to behave in a mature manner.
The panelist were Tori Kricken (Adjunct Prof. in the College of Business/Law, District/Circuit Judge, and State Attorney), Mike Samp (Chief of UWPD), Jenny Brundage (Area Coordinator in Res. Life), Hannah Diebold (Residence Coordinator in Res. Life), Kirk Goodwin (recent Law school graduate and tutor/mentor in the OAS), Chaundra Sewell (Former Women's Basketball Student-Athlete currently in Pharmacy School).
Steven Cox - Academic Coordinator
Tori Kricken - Adjunct Prof. in the College of Business/Law, District/Circuit Judge, and State Attorney
Mike Samp - Chief of University Police Department
"The panel provided information from several different perspectives on the role of a student-athlete on campus. Student-athletes are often under significant pressure to perform not only in their particular athletic venue, but in the classroom as well. Often times they are under more public and media scrutiny for their behaviors than a non-student-athlete, particularly if they get involved in one or more of the pitfalls that new students encounter. The most common issues that can cause disruption of a student-athlete's ability to succeed are alcohol violations and relationship or sexual violence. Hopefully the students took something positive away from the panel to help them avoid getting involved in those negative behaviors."
Kyle Pope - Freshman Wrestler - Bakersfield, Calif.
Casey Duckworth - Freshman Swimmer - Costa Mesa, Calif.