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Undergraduate Catalog: Lincoln College

Alumni Spotlight: Sport Management

Alesha Stevenson

Graduation Year: 2012
Major:
Tourism, Sport, and Hospitality Management

Why did you choose this program/major?

I grew up in a very sports-oriented family with two older brothers who are avid sports fans. I grew up playing basketball, softball, and golf. My brother, Joey Stevenson, went into the field of Turf Management. He has inspired me to gain the knowledge I need in Sports Management so I can have a successful future.  He worked with many MLB baseball teams and I got to visit each stadium. Since the first time I stepped on a baseball field, I made it a goal of mine to continue my knowledge in Sport Management.

Why did you choose to attend Lincoln College?

I made it a goal of mine to continue my thirst for knowledge at Lincoln College-Normal. I wanted a unique opportunity where I gain experience and knowledge to pursue my career in the Tourism, Sport, and Hospitality industry. I love the small class sizes and the one-on-one relationship with my professors. I am proud of my accomplishments so far at Lincoln College as a full-time student in a degree that I enjoy learning about every day.

What advice do you have for prospective Lincoln College students?

What I have learned over the past couple years while attending Lincoln College- Normal is to volunteer and get your name out there. I have completed three internships. I have had an internship in Bloomington, IL, Osage Beach, MO, and Des Moines, IA. As a past intern for the Iowa Cubs, the AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, I strive each year to build on my experiences and utilize them each day in my career.  My advice would be to avoid waiting until your senior year of college to complete an internship.  Start your internship search as soon as possible and get the experience you need. 

Best Lincoln College memory?

My best memory is speaking with Professor Edgar’s, Intro to Sports Management class. She invited me to come in and speak about my past internships with her classroom. I felt as if I helped Lincoln College-Normal students and motivated them to accomplish great things in their future.

Isaac Cox

Graduation Year: 2008
Major:
Tourism, Sport & Hospitality Management

Why did you choose this program/major?

Being an athlete, I chose the Tourism, Sport and Hospitality program because of the Sport Management emphasis. I chose Lincoln College-Normal because of the small classes and individual attention that I needed. The Sport Management Program was eye popping from the get-go.

Why did you choose to attend Lincoln College?

I was a student-athlete at the Lincoln Campus prior to attending LCN. I was very fond of the campus, student life, professors and staff. I did not think that it would really matter about the small class sizes, but I now know that all students benefitted from that. LCN may not be a big campus, but it is located in a college town. I was still able to enjoy the ‘college years’ with friends from ISU and Illinois Wesleyan, while maintaining the personal attention I needed in the classroom.

What advice do you have for prospective Lincoln College students?

LCN has all the resources needed to be successful upon graduation. With the Bloomington-Normal community being intertwined with 4 different colleges and universities, it makes for a fun atmosphere for the collegiate years. I would highly recommend Lincoln College-Normal to any prospective student.

Best Lincoln College memory?

Best memories come from the two different internships that I was able to obtain from the program. A former professor of mine at LCN assisted me in landing an awesome internship in professional baseball.

Ashley Frank

Graduation Year: Spring 2013
Major:
Bachelor of Science in Sport Management

Why did you choose this program/major?

Started off with as an education major, after moving back home and finishing a lot of my general education, I did not know what I wanted to finishing my degree in. I started working for the U.S. Cellular Coliseum. During my time with the Coliseum, I worked with many of the sports teams that are with the Coliseum.

While working for the Bloomington Prairie Thunder (now called the Bloomington Blaze), I worked with a lady who was studying in the Master’s program for Sport Management at Illinois State University. After talking with her and looking into the different management possibilities of the teams, I chose to finish my degree in Sport Management.

Why did you choose to attend Lincoln College?

After deciding that sports are what I wanted to study, Lincoln was the closest college that offered the program at the bachelor’s level which allowed me to continue working at the Coliseum.

What advice do you have for prospective Lincoln College students?

Find something that you love to do. Once you find an area that you want to study, school doesn’t seem as stressful because it’s fun to learn about it!

Best Lincoln College memory?

Being part of the Sport Management Club at Lincoln, we get involved in a lot of different sporting events around town. One of the best memories was when we worked with the Miracle League and raised money for their new facility. As a club we raised around $600 from selling game tickets and by selling 50/50 tickets at the game.

By being a part of Lincoln College, I have been able to meet a lot of different people in the sports industry and also had chances to volunteer and tour different facilities.

Scott Murray

Graduation Year: Spring 2013
Major:
Bachelor of Science in Sport Management

Why did you choose this program/major?

I chose this program not only because of my passion for sports, but my interest in how the business of sports is run as a whole. I have truly enjoyed my time in class and researching projects in the sport industry and will continue to do so here at Lincoln College-Normal.

Why did you choose to attend Lincoln College?

I chose Lincoln College-Normal because of the small class sizes and the ability to study Sport Management for a bachelor’s degree.

What advice do you have for prospective Lincoln College students?

Find something that you are truly interested in. Take full advantage of the opportunities here on campus, being such a small campus and small class sizes; taking advantage of student organizations and the ability to seek help with ease has made going to Lincoln College-Normal a fun and helpful atmosphere.

Best Lincoln College memory?

Being recommended by faculty and staff for the Lincoln College-Normal 2012 Student Spotlight, which was an honor and to this point has been my best Lincoln College memory.