America East Runs Successful Continuing Ed Session
Prior to the 2014 America East annual meetings, the America East Conference in conjunction with all nine conference institutions, hosted a Continuing Education Forum for young athletic administrators June 1-2 at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, N.H.
The focus of the forum was created by the Senior Women's Administrators from each of the America East campuses and was designed to enforce the importance of building, developing and maintaining relationships across campus.
“We have created a program that’s very diverse and covers a lot of areas and so we hope that everyone walks away with something, even if it’s not an area you’re working in right now," said Shonna Brown, Senior Associate Commissioner at the America East.
The Continuing Education Forum focused on the professional development of entry-level and young administrators within the America East, exposing them to all facets of a collegiate athletic department and beyond. The two-day forum consisted of eight separate sessions and 17 presenters from schools across the country.
Attendees heard from presenters from a variety of departments within athletics and even from some outside of the normal athletics realm. The sessions included:
1) Completing the Puzzle - Understanding the importance of every position within the athletics department and the institution overall
2) Professional Development - Learn how to manage your career through building and sustaining meaningful professional relationships.
3) Athletics is a Student-Affair - Athletics working with other departments across campus to handle student-athlete needs.
4) Passing the Eye Test - Do's and Don'ts of resume writing
5) Conflict Resolution - Not all conflict is negative. How to handle conflict and differing opinions.
6) Fundraising and Development
7) Facilities and Event Management
8) So you want to be an Athletic Director... or do you? - Many administrators begin their career thinking they want to be an AD. But there are other great opportunities within athletics, too.
The sessions included presentations and encouraged interaction from the attendees, creating an atmosphere that allowed both the presenters and attendees to learn from each other.
“I just think it’s a great opportunity for the America East to work with young administrators so they can learn as much about college athletics as possible," said Marcus Blossom, an Assistant Athletic Director at Providence College.
What others were saying about America East Continuing Education
“I think it’s great to help young professionals learn more about what’s out there and in our field there’s a lot of different things in compliance; we interact with a lot of different offices across campus.” – Carly Pariseau, Boston College
“I’m hoping that we have some young people here who just get a better idea of where they want to go on their career paths. They get an opportunity to meet some people that can maybe mentor them and really help them walk down that road.” –Michelle Bronner, New Hampshire