The United States Sports Academy takes great pride in the fact that 96 percent of graduates would recommend the institution to their colleagues. Academy alumni also dominate the social science employment statistics, as the number of graduates who work in the sports profession is more than twice that of graduates from any other degree program who find employment in their chosen field of study.
During its 40-year history, thousands of students have graduated from the Academy. Many have moved into the higher levels of sport, where their impact is immeasurable. Their influence is felt every day at the Academy, as institutional research shows that alumni are the top source for new student referrals.
The Academy’s Alumni Association is currently working to improve its social media outreach to better communicate with its alumni. Jennifer Kelly, Web Master at the Academy, manages the Alumni Association website, as well as the organization’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
“As people are becoming more social-media driven, we hope to tap into the evolving trend by connecting to alumni through various outlets,” Kelly said.
The Academy has recently appointed Doctoral Teaching Assistant Sara Weber as the Academy’s Alumni Association Coordinator.
By appointing Weber to this new position, the Academy hopes to strengthen communication within the Alumni Association, which features one of the largest networks in the sports profession.
Weber, who is working toward her Doctoral degree in Sports Management, hopes to focus her dissertation on college baseball research on the sport over the past 20 years.
“I have an independent summer class that is college baseball research where we are looking at event management and different aspects of the game according to the media member, the coach, the player, and the overall presentation and changes within the game,” she said. “I am hoping to have my study commissioned by the NCAA this summer.”
“Connections to alumni are very important moving forward for the Academy or a university,” Weber said. “I like reaching out to the alumni and trying to coordinate with them.”
Weber is also a big sports fan herself, often finding herself in the stands of numerous college baseball teams.
“I have worked several tournaments all over the country,” she said. “I go every year with the University of Tampa when they play postseason ball.”
Baseball season is not only an exciting time for Weber, but also the Academy’s Alumni Association. The group regularly reaches out to the local alumni for gatherings at events like the Mobile BayBears games in Mobile, Ala.
All current students and graduates of the Academy are encouraged to join the Alumni Association. As a member of the Alumni Association, you will receive a priceless network connection with thousands of sports professionals, access to free Academy electronic publications such as The Sport Update and the Alumni Network, and a 10 percent discount on Academy Bookstore merchandise.
Please visit www.ussa.edu/alumni for more information or to join the Alumni Association.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, special-mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.