Pamplin graduate awarded prestigious NCAA scholarship
May 9, 2017
A May 2016 Pamplin College of Business Graduate, Calyn Witz, was recently awarded the prestigious NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Scholarship to help with the costs associated with pursuing graduate studies. Her undergraduate experience of serving as a student manager for the women’s lacrosse team, her extensive experience in other parts of the VT Athletic Department, and her work with the Management Department’s Undergraduate Programs Committee were important factors in her selection for the NCAA Women’s Enhancement Scholarship. Ms. Witz is currently pursuing a Master’s in Education in Adult and Higher Education with an emphasis in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration.
During her time as a management student, she served on various committees and the result of her input can be seen inside the classroom and on the curriculum sheets. Her proudest accomplishment came when she helped start the first undergraduate Introduction to Sport Management class that was offered in Spring of 2016. The decision to offer the course came after she conducted an undergraduate research project under the direction of Dr. Rich Wokutch in which she interviewed representatives of sports management programs at peer institutions. She also surveyed VT students regarding the demand for a sports management course here at Virginia Tech.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude, Ms. Witz chose to pursue her interests in working in intercollegiate athletics by attending graduate school at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. Her experiences as a Pamplin student helped her earn a graduate assistantship affording her the opportunity to work in the athletics business office at the University of Oklahoma, one of only a few college athletic programs in the nation that are self-sustaining. It was her undergraduate efforts, however, that made her one of 26 recipients in the nation of this NCAA scholarship. Please help us in congratulating her on this high achievement!