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Alumna to serve NCAA internship


C:\fakepath\Kaleigh Anderson desk.JPGKaleigh Anderson ’15 of Lowell, Mass., is taking her English/Communications degree to Chicopee, Mass., where she’ll serve as the assistant to the director of athletics and the sports information assistant at Elms College. There, she’ll initiate live streaming, make videos, head up their website and write press releases.

As the recipient of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Ethnic Minority and Women’s grant, Anderson’s two-year-long, paid internship will include her attendance at three conferences and training sessions at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind.

According to Manat Wooten, assistant director of the Center for Student Success and Engagement (CSSE) / Career Services, Anderson is one of18 recipients to be selected by the NCAA’s Ethnic and Minority Grant Program – most of whom attended graduate school.

“This is a highly competitive program, and she will be receiving an extraordinary amount of professional development over the course of her two-year appointment,” Wooten said.

At MCLA, Anderson focused on sports both on and off the field. In addition to playing lacrosse and serving as her team’s captain, she concentrated on broadcast media and journalism.

“I have always loved how things work and are put together behind the scenes, as well as being an on-camera personality,” Anderson said. “I started to get into sports media right from the beginning of my sophomore year of college. I had played sports throughout middle school and high school, so picking up the position of a sports commentator was an easy transition, and I started to fall in love with sports media.

“It is such an exciting field because, instead of reporting on daily crime or the weather, we get to take fans through the highs and lows of a game and celebrate the victories with them,” she explained.

Anderson was a member of the sports broadcasting crew for three years. Through the Department of Athletics and the television studio, she obtained valuable experience as she learned the ins and outs of sports broadcasting.

C:\fakepath\Kaleigh interviewing crop.jpgShe began work as a sports commentator her sophomore year. As a junior, she was promoted to the position of broadcast sports event manager. In addition to producing a weekly recap show, Anderson worked on season previews, and student-athlete features.

“We live-streamed all athletic events through Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) television, and did play-by-play commentary, as well as interviews and field reporting, which gave me an edge in the job market, for sure,” Anderson explained. “I never would have been able to start sports broadcasting as young as a sophomore anywhere else, or start up my own sports recap show.”

Her activities and experiences at MCLA, she said, gave her an edge when applying for jobs and going through the interview process.

“I have gained valuable public speaking experience as a field report and commentator.  I have become very involved with the College through these activities, because I attended every single athletic game, which led me to become friends with a majority of student athletes,” Anderson said.

She sees her internship, which will begin this fall, as a valuable stepping stone to her career. Ultimately, she aims to work in athletic multimedia, preferably as the director of athletic communications for a university.

“At MCLA, you can literally do anything that you set your mind to,” Anderson said.

“You can make MCLA your home in more ways than one – through friends, class room learning, and creating your own opportunities. MCLA lets you find yourself, which leads to success down the road.”