Posted by Sara Meers on July 30, 2013
Graduating senior Alecia Spangler transferred to Aurora University after receiving her associate degree in pre-athletic training and psychology. She knew exactly what she wanted to focus on academically. During her time at AU, Alecia received two bachelor degrees in athletic training and psychology, while also becoming involved in several campus organizations.
â€śWhen I arrived to AU, I was excited to learn about the different clubs and events that AU has on campus,â€ť Alecia said.
In addition to her excellence in the classroom, Alecia demonstrated her leadership abilities through her positions as co-president of the Spartan Athletic Training Student Organization, co-director of the AU Athletic Training 5K Run/Walk and co-chair for the Spartan Athletic Training Student Organizationâ€™s off-campus volunteer committee. Her university and community service activities include volunteering with Project Linus, Toys for Tots, Young Hearts for Life and the Fox Valley Marathon, in addition to serving as a teacherâ€™s aide for Amboy Community School District 272.
She also gained valuable, hands-on experience as a Student Athletic Trainer at Rosary High School and Aurora University, providing athletic training services to high school and collegiate athletes.
In honor of her dedication to her academics and service to the AU and surrounding community, Alecia received the National Association for Sport and Physical Education Major of the Year award at Honors Convocation 2013.
Alecia says it was her professors and classmates that helped her achieve what she did during her time at AU. â€śYou are with the same people and professors throughout your athletic training experience and it feels like family,â€ť said Alecia. â€śEveryone was encouraging and without great people to work with, I think it would have been hard to achieve the things that I did.â€ť
Alecia hopes to find a job as an athletic trainer, so she can gain additional experience before applying to graduate school to study sports psychology.