Majors: Leisure and Sport Studies, Business Administration
Class of 2015
by Bethany Bonner '15
Not everyone comes to college knowing what they want to do. Some people see college as an opportunity to explore and discover one's strengths, while others come to college knowing their strengths and are eager to fine-tune them. Kutztown University junior Cameron Lipnicky's love for everything athletics was the foundation for his selection of two majors: leisure and sport studies and business administration.
Lipnicky knew he wanted to attend college to play football after graduating high school. During his college search, he discovered Kutztown's leisure and sport studies major and knew it was the perfect complement to his passion for sports and for his personal commitment to his own athleticism. Lipnicky was also aware of an off-the-field talent he possesses, and did not want to let that go underdeveloped over the course of his education. Communicating effectively with people is an enormous asset he has from which he has discovered a niche in the field of sales. Because of this, Lipnicky chose to add another major, business administration.
Lipnicky is an offensive lineman for the KU football team and actively participates in several on-campus organizations. He is a part of KU Sports Business Institute (KUSBI), which assists sport industry entities that are in need of logistical, technical and business strategy services. Through KUSBI, Leisure and Sports Studies majors like Lipnicky are able to be directly involved with the sports industry. He is a part of the Sports, Leisure, and Athletic Management Club where members gain experience working with professional sports organizations; and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which consists of 36 student-athletes from Kutztown's 21 NCAA men's and women's programs. Members of SAAC serve as the voice of student-athletes on the regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on the campus of Kutztown University.
He also is a PSAC Scholar-Athlete and has earned a spot on the Dean's List.
Some of Lipnicky's fondest memories at Kutztown have been playing football. However, being able to experience Bonner Hall residence life, he says, allowed him to meet dozens of new friends in addition to friends he knew here already prior to attending KU. Growing up together with his friends throughout the college journey is particularly special for Lipnicky.
"The people you meet here will probably be your best friends for the rest of your life. At KU you're not just a number. "
Lipnicky emphasizes the significance of networking and utilizing Kutztown University's plentiful resources, such as the Career Development Center, that are offered to expose students to opportunities that can help pave the way to their future.
After his graduation in 2015, Lipnicky plans to transition right into graduate school to pursue his MBA. He credits KU with his preparedness for successfully tackling the next step in his education.
"You get taught life lessons here. KU forced me to modify the ways I do things in order to be as successful as possible. Do not accept just 'getting by' for yourself. Manage your time well and do everything you can to be the best you can be."
For student-athletes, current or prospective, Lipnicky has some words of advice.
"Stay modest and really focus on your time management. Always remember that you are a student-athlete, not an athlete-student. Your education is number one."
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