EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 5, 2013

Atkinson woman: There's no place like Wichita, Kansas

By Bill Burt


AGE: 26

FAMILY: I have a boyfriend (Dave), a dog (Chloe), and a cat (Stanley)


OCCUPATION: Assistant Production Manager for a Gift Basket Company


MAJOR: Sport Administration; minor in Accounting

WHY DID YOU ATTEND WICHITA STATE?: I started off as an Aerospace Engineering major, and chose to attend Wichita State for that program. After I decided to change my major I stayed because of everything else the University had to offer.

WHAT DID YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE THERE?: My professors were great. They were very passionate and that showed in their classes. I had many professors that were willing to give extra help and make sure that everyone really understood what we were learning. I was on the crew team and loved the experience. It was a good way to get involved on campus. We got to travel a lot in both the fall and spring to many different places. When I first imagined the university I thought that it was going to be in the middle of nowhere. I was pleasantly surprised to find out how much was really going on in Wichita. It was a great city with lots of opportunities.

DID YOU ATTEND BASKETBALL GAMES?: I did occasionally attend games. For part of my time in Wichita I worked as a parking attendant during basketball games. After the game started we were given tickets to sit in the student section and see the game.

A FAVORITE HOOP-RELATED MEMORY AT WICHITA STATE: It was the game that got the Shockers into the Sweet 16 in 2006. I was on the crew team and over spring break we would go to Louisiana for spring training. On our way, the Shockers were playing Tennessee in the second round; so we stopped at Northwestern State University to watch the game in their student center. It was a very spirited group and when we won, everyone was shouting and jumping around. This was the game that got them into the Sweet 16.

WHY WOULD YOU RECOMMEND WICHITA STATE TO HIGH SCHOOLERS?: The Sport Administration program was very unique. I found that I got a lot of hands on experience rather than just standard lectures. For Sports Marketing we created and executed a marketing plan for Shocker Madness which is a community event that is the first look at the basketball teams at the opening of the season. A lot of the Sports Tournament and Event Management class was spent working on the National Baseball Congress World Series. During my last semester I had the opportunity to do an internship with Campus Recreation at Wichita State. Overall when I graduated, I felt like I already had a lot of experience and the transition out of school wasn’t as startling as it could have been.

WHERE WILL YOU WATCH GAMES ON SATURDAY?: At home with family, surrounded by Shocker colors.

WHY DO YOU THINK WICHITA STATE WILL WIN?: Wichita State is certainly the underdog, and who doesn’t love the underdog? It wasn’t expected for Wichita State to even make it this far, but they have fought their way through. So I believe that they will continue that fight. Go Shockers!



Wichita State University facts Motto: Thinkers, Doers, Movers and Shockers Established: 1895 Endowment: $218 million President: John Bardo Students: est. 15,300 (Undergrads 12,250, postgrads 3,050) Location: Wichita, Kansas Campus: Urban, 330 acres (1.3 km2) Former names: Fairmount College (1895-1926), The Municipal University of Wichita (1926-1964) School colors: Yellow and black Sports nickname: Shockers Mascot: WuShock Website: www.wichita.edu