Simon Holzapfel, a senior at Tusculum College majoring in sport science, had the opportunity recently to explore graduate assistantship opportunities at a recent regional convention.
Holzapfel, who is from Nuremberg, Germany, attended the 2011 Southern District American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD)/ North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NCAAHERD) Joint Convention in Greensboro, N.C., Feb. 17-19. Also attending the convention was Dr. Kirpal Mahal, professor of physical education at Tusculum.
Conventions such as this one are “tremendous opportunities for the students to expand their knowledge of their chosen field,” Holzapfel said. “They can learn about the many jobs available in their field and establish contacts to attend graduate school. When students attend these conventions they learn about the scope of Sport Management, Sport Science, or Physical Education, and what they can do with it. I wish students would attend conventions like this one. They would benefit from the sessions and the professionals present at conventions.”
As an applicant for admission to master’s degree programs in Exercise Physiology, Holzapfel met several faculty members of exercise science- and sport management-related university departments of southern universities and colleges. Specifically, Holzapfel met Dr. Darlene Kluka, interim dean of the School of Human Performance and Leisure Science at Barry University and Dr. Jack Rutherford, chair of the Department of Exercise and Sports Science at the Eastern Kentucky University. Both professors encouraged him to apply for admission to their programs and graduate assistantship positions, and the meetings gave him encouragement about assistantship opportunities.
In addition, Holzapfel talked with several other faculty members from universities all over the country, which helped him gain deeper insight into graduate school programs and other opportunities. Sessions and presentations on several topics related to Physical Education, Exercise Science and Sport Management helped him broaden his knowledge and further his professional development.
Holzapfel also expressed appreciation for faculty members, such as Dr. Mahal, who concern themselves with the professional development of their students and work to make these valuable opportunities available.