Mastodons Hold “Life After Athletics” Alumni Panel For Student-Athletes
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Fort Wayne athletic department held the first “Life After Athletics” alumni panel on Friday (Oct. 21) for current Mastodon junior and senior student-athletes. The luncheon featured four former Fort Wayne student-athletes sharing their stories of how they transitioned from a student-athlete to the professional world.
The panel included Dr. Claire Jackson-Hemphill (women’s volleyball, 2003-07), Dr. Dustin Sherman (men’s volleyball, 2000-04), Cassie Wolfe-Antos (softball, 2009-13) and Alli Hook-Meyer (2008-12). The group touched on multiple topics, including how to convey the skills developed as a Division I student-athlete to potential employers, who they leaned on for support following their playing career, finding an outlet for the need for competition, staying in good health and dealing with success and failure in the professional setting.
Additionally, 25 other Mastodon student-athletes emailed their thoughts on the transition to the professional world. Their experiences were also featured in the presentation.
“Student-athletes, SALT, student-athlete alumni, IPFW Career Services, Dr. Kim McDonald and Alumni Relations all contributed their expertise to help put this event together,” Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator Christine Kuznar said. “I thank them for their support.”
The alumni panel luncheon was created with assistance through Kuznar’s participation in the IPFW Leadership Academy.