Lock Haven University students offered employment, field experience

LOCK HAVEN — Several students in the Lock Haven University sport studies program plan to complete field experience with professional sport franchises and universities during the spring semester. Three LHU sport studies students, who plan to graduate in May, already have been offered full time employment with professional sport teams.

LHU students who have been offered employment include:

• Angelo Hronis, of Chambersburg – Cleveland Cavaliers

• Kristyn Gates, of Lansford – Portland Trail Blazers and completing field experience with the Philadelphia 76’ers and the New Jersey Devils

• Scott Brown Jr., of Abington – Detroit Pistons and completing field experience with Liberty Arena, Williamsport

LHU students who will be completing field experience include:

• Adam Thompson, of Millerstown — FC Dallas

• Ellie Chambers, of Clarence — Philadelphia Eagles

• Ryan Dyke, of Milesburg — Florida State University

• Zachary Smeal, of State College — Penn State University

• Daniel Delbaugh, of Shamokin — Bloomsburg University

• Zach Cecce, of Sayre — LHU sports information office

The sport studies program at LHU has two main programs — a bachelor’s degree in sport administration and a master’s degree in sport science. The program was offered as part of the health and physical education program beginning in 2002 and in 2012 it became a separate program.

Through field experience, the students are given the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to real life work situations in the sport industry, with the guidance of a faculty advisor and professional mentor, according to Dr. Patricia Lally, professor and chair of the Sport Studies Department.

“The students all work hard during their four years at LHU to make themselves marketable and competitive when applying for positions in their professional area of interest in the field of sport administration,” said Peter Campbell, sport studies professor.

Zach Cecce, of Sayre, is a student in the sports administration program with a focus on becoming an athletic director. He is completing field experience at LHU in the Sports Information Department this semester, keeping track of statistics and updating social media.

Cecce said his professors at LHU have been very helpful in and out of the classroom. “I’m looking forward to getting more experience and getting a taste of the real world,” he said about his field experience.

The new accelerated program was approved in the spring of 2017 and students are completing the program now, according to Lally. The program allows juniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher to take graduate courses that count toward both an undergraduate and a graduate degree. There are two accelerated programs offered with two different tracks at the graduate level. The programs are — accelerated Bachelor of Science in sport administration to Master of Science in sport science — sport administration track and accelerated Bachelor of Science in sport administration to Master of Science in sport science — sport and exercise psychology track.

“The accelerated program is a very innovative way of leveraging our existing resources to tailor education to students’ and industry needs and interests, while saving students and their families money,” Lally said. “Like having more work experience in the sport industry increases our students’ competitiveness for jobs in the sport industry, so too does having a graduate degree. It places them above other applicants and increases their likelihood of securing highly sought after jobs in sport.”

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