Sport Management Students of the Month

April 2015

Clint Lowe - UndergraduateClint Lowe

Clint Lowe is an Undergraduate Sport Management Student from Farmington, Maine. During his time at Liberty, Clint has been a key part of the golf program. He first began working for the Liberty Golf Team as a Practicum Placement. Coach Thomas admired Clint’s work ethic and brought him on as a student worker and then promoted him to Team Manager. In Clint’s current role, he works as Coach Thomas’ right-hand man and is involved in team trip preparations, working with recruiting databases, maintaining the new golf facility, and overseeing student and practicum workers.

In addition, Clint has played a key role in planning the first annual Liberty Invitational Golf Tournament. He has been involved in securing sponsorships, purchasing and preparing materials, coordinating event management, and thinking outside the box to solve problems and ensure a successful tournament. Clint will be overseeing the 20 volunteers and workers involved in the mid-April tournament.

As if that was not enough, Clint is also the General Manager of Poplar Forest Golf Course for over a year. Clint has been responsible for managing numerous staff members; organizing, promoting, and running leagues; re-gripping clubs (which he has even done for two professional golfers) and overseeing the general operation of the course.

Clint will be graduating in May with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management. He is very thankful for his mom and sisters, who actually ended up moving to Lynchburg, as well as Coach Jeff Thomas and his wife Heidi for all of their mentorship and guidance. In his free time, Clint enjoys playing golf (not a big surprise!), spikeball, racquetball, mountain biking, trail running, and recreational driving.

Morgan Skillman - GraduateMorgan Skillman

Morgan is currently working for Liberty University as the Game Operations Graduate Assistant. During her two years in the position Morgan has been responsible for event planning for all of the hundreds of Liberty NCAA home athletic events that take place. As part of that, Morgan manages all of the venues and parking; schedules all workers and volunteers; coordinates with all the other departments within Athletics for events and tournaments; and manages and reviews Game Day Contracts. She also serves as the liaison between Liberty and visiting teams/international guest and is the Director of the Volunteer Program which encompasses 75+ people. In addition, Morgan works game day operations for the Old Dominion Athletic Association (ODAA) and helps coordinate the Virginia High School State Championships and VHSCA All-Star Football Game.

Originally from Sacramento, California, Morgan attended Liberty where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management and was member of the Rowing Team. After graduation she worked for ADIDAS in Nuremberg, Germany as a Product Marketing Intern for the North Region which is comprised of the United Kingdom and the Nordics. She returned to Liberty in 2013 to take on her current role and pursue a Master’s Degree in Sport Administration, which she will be receiving in May. In her limited free time, Morgan enjoys playing sports, music, traveling, painting, and supporting the San Francisco Giants.

Sammi Shivock - AlumnusSammi Shivock

Sammi is a 2014 graduate of the Sport Management Undergrad Program. While at Liberty, Sammi was a standout softball player and a team leader. During her off-seasons while at Liberty, Sammi worked with the Liberty Baseball Team helping with recruiting and other office tasks as well as the Wilmington Blue Rocks where she was a part of the sales and merchandise staff.

For her internship, Sammi worked with Ripken Youth Baseball in Aberdeen, MD. While with Ripken Baseball she assisted with the Cal Ripken World Series, was a apart of the operations team for tournaments, and ran the PA system for games. In addition, she was involved with merchandise, aiding the grounds crew, and website management. Sammi’s experience, stellar work ethic, and willingness to step up and help any department led Ripken Baseball to appoint her as an instructor/coach for their youth baseball camps (ages 4-18) and to travel on the road conducting these clinics as part of the Chevy Tour as well. During these camps she would not only instruct players on proper techniques and skill development but also served as a counselor.

Sammi is currently the Assistant Softball Coach at Arcadia University outside of Philadelphia. Beyond just coaching, she also prepares practice schedules, coordinates community relations and fundraising opportunities, recruits future players, and helps organize and conduct softball clinics and camps.

Sammi is originally from New Castle, Delaware, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends and playing a variety of sports. Somehow she was picked for Alumnus of the Month despite being a die-hard Red Sox fan (she also added that Jesus still loves Yankee fans). Sammi and her family are heavily involved with the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with Intellectual Disabilites (DFRC) and the Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game which is an event that features Northern vs Southern Delaware All-Stars and is designed to foster relationships between high school students and intellectually disabled students. Sammi is hoping to be chair of the game in the future.

Her advice to current and future Sport Management Students is to “Do what you love, embrace opportunities to gain experience, go the extra mile in everything that you do whether seen or unseen, understand that details matter, take networking seriously, and be open to all opportunities even if they may not be what you initially had in mind.”

March 2015

Lauren Milligan - UndergraduateLauren (left) working the Big South Basketball Tournament

Lauren has been working in the Sport Communications field as a Liberty University Sport Communications Intern in which she handles statistics during various sporting events, assists with daily office tasks, and fills in for an SID when there are schedule conflicts. She has also worked as a Public Relations Intern for the Charlotte Checkers and for Liberty Baseball. In addition, Lauren has worked as an intern for R.S. Exclusive where she assisted and lead consultations with clients and was directly involved in event management.

Lauren is a Sport Management Major from Charlotte, NC who will be graduating this coming May. She is the youngest of five children, has two brother and two sisters, and is extremely grateful for her parents and her niece. She is an avid Carolina Panthers fan along with all of the Liberty teams, and she believes that the shows Friends and Boy Meets World are two of the greatest cultural television phenomena ever known by man.

Mark Romig - GraduateMark Romig

Mark is currently working as a Marketing Intern with D.C. United as well as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Sport Management. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Sport Ministry and a minor in Spanish from Northland International University.

While working with D.C. United Mark has been involved with conducting preseason activities such as season ticket member events, jersey reveals, and community relations event. In season, Mark directs the tailgate lot experience at RFK Stadium, interacts with fans, generates leads, and distributes promotional items as well as working in gameday operations.

Mark is also heavily involved in Uncharted Waters Sports Ministry leading more than 25 sports camps across the US and abroad. Mark played soccer in high school and college and is a big supporter of Chelsea Football Club. His plans are to continue working in soccer either in a front office capacity, coaching youth soccer, or using soccer as a ministry tool.

Aaron Reese - AlumnusAaron with some of his students who are seeing snow for the first time!

Aaron is a 2014 graduate of the Sport Management Undergrad program. During his time at Liberty Aaron excelled in the classroom and was very involved with athletics and football video coordinating as well. Currently Aaron, his wife Christina, and his three children Jackson (6), Layton (5), and Brooklyn (4) live in Waco, Texas where is Aaron is pursuing a Master's Degree Sport Pedagogy from Baylor University. He and his family love to travel to Disney, and are currently spending most of their free time exploring Texas.

Apart from his studies, Aaron is currently working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Baylor where he teaches four sections of a Lifetime Fitness Course. In addition, he is working in a local elementary school assisting in teaching First and Second Grade Physical Education Courses and is also an Academic Tutor with Baylor's Student Athlete Services.

There are three principles that Aaron learned during his time at Liberty and believes to be very important to future Sport Management students: Dream Big, Stay Realistic, and Open Doors. As for dreaming big Aaron says "Hang on to those big dreams you had growing up! You can accomplish anything you put your mind to, but its price is planning and hard work." He also admonishes students that while they should dream big, they also should be rooted in reality and understand the steps, hard work, and dedication it will take to accomplish those goals.

When it comes to the Open Doors principle Aaron feels Liberty is a great place to open doors, but students must act first, "Liberty University is an amazing place and with such a strong dedication to athletics; there are many doors that can be opened, but it requires for you to knock. Go to the athletic teams, or departments, and find out where you can volunteer or how you can help. Offer your time, dedication and hard work. Find a way to get your foot in the door, but that is only the beginning. Work hard, be professional, and you will be amazed at the experience you will gain and the contacts you can make. Liberty offers tremendous opportunities to develop a powerful resume, starting you on the road to your dream job."